“TAKE FIVE”, “SO WHAT”, “TAKE THE A TRAIN” “ROUND MIDNIGHT” “MY FAVORITE THINGS” are listed as the top signature tunes in Jazz. The artists of this genre ranked one through five are: Dave Brubeck, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, and John Coltrane.
None of the above was a drummer; why not? There are hundreds of reasons; perhaps among the many jokes about drummers is the following, “did you hear about the drummer who finished high school?” The regular answer is “me neither”.
With that I introduce you to NASAR ABADEY, of the DMV (Delaware, Maryland Virginia) area. He is on the faculty of the prestigious, Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore Md. Attended University of Buffalo (N.Y), and the University of THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA.
He has toured Europe, Africa and the Caribbean, and worked with past Signatures and Dignitaries of Jazz including Dizzy Gillespie, Pharaoh Sanders and Ella Fitzgerald.The 2018-2019 Concert Series featured Nasar Abadey with his band, SUPERNOVA (a chamber orchestra)
This concert was intended for attendees to witness the new frontier of jazz as perceived by Mr. ABADEY; that musical concept was realized when he introduced THE STRING QUEENS, (Elsie Cuffy violoncello, Dawn Johnson viola and Kendall Isadore, violin).
What a magnificent way to sign his name!