Interview with Ahmed Abdullah 

Source: Jazz Right Now.

I became the Music Director of Sistas’ Place in 1998. I had just finished my work with the Sun Ra Arkestra, actually, my wife, Monique Ngozi Nri and I were trying to revive the Sun Ra Arkestra. We had formed a production company that we called Melchizedek Music Productions. That’s what I’ve been doing since that time while, of course, performing and developing myself as an educator and seeing the need for that in different places. For example, I teach at an elementary school and I teach at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, as well. I teach a course on Sun Ra at The New School and I teach general music at the elementary school. The connection is that I got the job at The New School in 2002 and that came out of work I had been doing around my association with Sun Ra. My role as the Music Director of Sistas’ Place also came from working on my memoirs around my work with Sun Ra.