Ahmad Alaadeen and George Benson backstage at the Gem Theater
Ahmad Alaadeen, wearing a kufi hat, and George Benson, both in tuxedos, hanging out backstage at the Annual 18th & Vine Gala "Ellington At 99: Livin' on the Vine" at the Gem Theater in the 18th and Vine district in Kansas City, Missouri., September 11, 1998, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., 2 copies
Ahmad Alaadeen, Fiddler Williams, and George Benson visiting Mutual Musicians Foundation
Ahmad Alaadeen, wearing a ball cap, Claude "Fiddler" Williams, George Benson stand in front of a wall of photographs of members and performers at Mutual Musicians Foundation Building, probably after the Annual 18th & Vine Gala "Ellington At 99: Livin' on the Vine" event at the Gem Theater in Kansas City, Missouri., September 11, 1998, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Sticker with typed note on back: "Hope this is a reminder of some happy memories. Best regards, Dick Berkley [also includes date and first name written in blue ink]"
Ahmad Alaadeen, George Benson, and Bobby Watson backstage at the Gem Theater
Ahmad Alaadeen, wearing a kufi hat, his back to the photographer, speaks with George Benson as Bobby Watson, wearing a derby hat, stands in a doorway while hanging out backstage during the Annual 18th & Vine Gala "Ellington At 99: Livin' on the Vine" at the Gem Theater in the 18th and Vine district in Kansas City, Missouri., September 11, 1998, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Ahmad Alaadeen, George Duke, Harry Belafonte, George Benson backstage at the Gem Theater
George Duke with his arm around the shoulder of Ahmad Alaadeen, wearing a kufi hat, Harry Belafonte, and George Benson (mostly out of frame), hanging out backstage at the Annual 18th & Vine Gala "Ellington At 99: Livin' on the Vine" at the Gem Theater in the 18th and Vine district in Kansas City, Missouri., September 11, 1998, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., 2 copies
Ahmad Alaadeen, George Duke, Harry Belafonte, George Benson backstage at the Gem Theater
Ahmad Alaadeen, with his back to the photographer, George Duke, laughing, Harry Belafonte, looking through his wallet, and George Benson standing off to the right side, are all hanging out backstage wearing tuxedos at the Annual 18th & Vine Gala "Ellington At 99: Livin' on the Vine" at the Gem Theater in the 18th and Vine district of Kansas City, Missouri., September 11, 1998, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Ahmad Alaadeen, George Duke, and possibly Christian McBride perform at the Gem Theater
Ahmad Alaadeen, wearing a kufi cap, stands and plays a soprano sax to the right of George Duke, wearing a ball cap and sitting at a baby grand piano while performing with the George Duke Band. A bass player standing behind the piano may possibly be Christian McBride. This concert was the night before the Annual 18th & Vine Gala "Ellington At 99: Livin' On The Vine" at the Gem Theater in the 18th and Vine district of Kansas City, Missouri., September 10, 1998, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Ahmad Alaadeen, George Duke, possibly Christian McBride, and Ndugu perform at the Gem Theater
Ahmad Alaadeen (tenor saxophone) with his back to the photographer, wears a kufi cap as he is performing with the George Duke Band. George Duke, wearing a ball cap, plays a baby grand piano. Possibly Christian McBride plays bass behind George Duke and Ndugu plays a drum set. The concert was the night before the Annual 18th & Vine Gala "Ellington At 99: Livin' On The Vine" at the Gem Theater in the 18th and Vine district in Kansas City, Missouri., September 10, 1998, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., 2 copies
Ahmad Alaadeen, Oleta Adams, and Manhattan Transfer perform at the Gem Theater
Ahmad Alaadeen, wearing a kufi hat and a tuxedo while he plays a tenor saxophone during a performance with Oleta Adams and Manhattan Transfer during the Annual 18th & Vine Gala "Ellington At 99: Livin' on the Vine" at the Gem Theater in the 18th and Vine district in Kansas City, Missouri., September 11, 1998, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Sticker with typed note on back: "Hope this is a reminder of some happy memories. Best regards, Dick Berkley [also includes date and first name written in blue ink]"
Ahmad Alaadeen, possibly Christian McBride, George Duke, and Ndugu perform at the Gem Theater
Ahmad Alaadeen, wearing a kufi cap, stands and plays a soprano sax with his back to George Duke, wearing a ball cap and playing a baby grand piano while performing with the George Duke Band. A bass player standing behind the piano may possibly be Christian McBride. The drummer is Ndugu sitting on risers among his drum set above the rest of the band. This concert was the night before the Annual 18th & Vine Gala "Ellington At 99: Livin' On The Vine" at the Gem Theater in the 18th and Vine district of Kansas City, Missouri., September 10, 1998, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Bobby Watson and Ahmad Alaadeen backstage at the Gem Theater
Bobby Watson, wearing a derby hat, and Ahmad Alaadeen, wearing a kufi hat and a tuxedo, are hanging out backstage during the Annual 18th & Vine Gala "Ellington At 99: Livin' on the Vine" at the Gem Theater in the 18th and Vine district in Kansas City, Missouri., September 11, 1998, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Bobby Watson and Ahmad Alaadeen perform on the street in the 18th and Vine District
Bobby Watson and Ahmad Alaadeen, sit outdoors with their instruments and wearing ball caps while an unidentified woman wearing an apron stands to Ahmad's right during the Annual 18th & Vine Gala "Ellington At 99: Livin' On The Vine" outside the Gem Theater in the 18th and Vine district in Kansas City, Missouri. A couple of the crowd, mostly out of the frame, can be seen in front of Bobby and Ahmad., September 12, 1998, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
George Duke, Ahmad Alaadeen, and George Benson backstage at the Gem Theater
George Duke, grinning at Ahmad Alaadeen, wearing a kufi hat with his back to the photographer and blurry because of movement, and George Benson, grooming the sleeve of his tuxedo, are hanging out backstage at the Annual 18th & Vine Gala "Ellington At 99: Livin' on the Vine" at the Gem Theater in the 18th and Vine district in Kansas City, Missouri., September 11, 1998, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Harry Belafonte, Ahmad Alaadeen, George Benson, and George Duke backstage at the Gem Theater
Harry Belafonte, Ahmad Alaadeen, wearing a kufi hat, George Benson, and George Duke, wearing tuxedos, stand arm in arm and smile at the photographer backstage at the Gem Theater during the Annual 18th & Vine Gala "Ellington At 99: Livin' on the Vine" at the Gem Theater in the 18th and Vine district in Kansas City, Missouri., September 11, 1998, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Harry Belafonte, Ahmad Alaadeen, George Benson, and George Duke backstage at the Gem Theater
Harry Belafonte, Ahmad Alaadeen, wearing a kufi hat, George Benson, and George Duke, wearing tuxedos, stand arm in arm and smile at the photographer backstage at the Gem Theater during the Annual 18th & Vine Gala "Ellington At 99: Livin' on the Vine" at the Gem Theater in the 18th and Vine district in Kansas City, Missouri., September 11, 1998, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Harry Belafonte, Ahmad Alaadeen, George Benson, and George Duke backstage at the Gem Theater
Harry Belafonte, Ahmad Alaadeen, wearing a kufi hat, George Benson, and George Duke, wearing tuxedos, stand arm in arm and smile at the photographer backstage at the Gem Theater during the Annual 18th & Vine Gala "Ellington At 99: Livin' on the Vine" at the Gem Theater in the 18th and Vine district in Kansas City, Missouri., September 11, 1998, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Patti Austin and Ahmad Alaadeen backstage at the Gem Theater
Patti Austin stands to the right next to Ahmad Alaadeen, wearing a kufi hat and tuxedo and holding a saxophone while hanging out backstage during the Annual 18th & Vine Gala "Ellington At 99: Livin' on the Vine" at the Gem Theater in the 18th and Vine district in Kansas City, Missouri., September 11, 1998, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Patti Austin and Ahmad Alaadeen backstage at the Gem Theater
Patti Austin stands to the right next to Ahmad Alaadeen, wearing a kufi hat and tuxedo and holding a saxophone while hanging out backstage during the Annual 18th & Vine Gala "Ellington At 99: Livin' on the Vine" at the Gem Theater in the 18th and Vine district in Kansas City, Missouri., September 11, 1998, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.