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.
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.