Rashied Ali (1935-2009) & Joe Maneri (1927-2009)

It is with a very heavy heart that we announce the passing of drummer and Philadelphia native Rashied Ali (July 1, 1935 - August 12, 2009) and microtonal composer and musician Joe Maneri (February 9, 1927 - August 24, 2009). Both were exceptional and unstoppable forces within the pantheon of modern jazz, and always a privilege to be around. They leave behind some of the most impactful contributions to jazz and improvised music within the past fifty years.

Over the past ten years, ANW had the opportunity to work with both musicians, experiencing their rigor and passion first hand. All were very special moments.

Rashied Ali
Dave Burrell / Reggie Workman / Rashied Ali / Muhammad Ali Quartet (October 2006)
Sonny Fortune / Rashied Ali Duo (May 2006)
Marshall Allen / Rashied Ali Duo (December 2004)
Dave Burrell / William Parker / Rashied Ali Trio (October 2002)
Rashied Ali Quartet with Wilbur Morris, Jumaane Smith and Louie Belogenis (September 2001) 

Joe Maneri
Mat Maneri's Pentagon featuring Joe Maneri (October 2006)
Joe Maneri Quartet (August 2001)
Joe Maneri Quartet with Barre Phillips (June 2000)

Please feel to contribute your own recollections and thoughts here.


Memorial Service

There will be a multi-faith Memorial Service for Mr. Rashied Ali this coming Saturday, September 5th from 11am until noon at The Riverside Church (120th Street and Riverside Drive in Harlem, New York). All are welcome to attend.

At a later date, soon to be announced, there will be a more extended musical commemoration to honor Mr. Ali at Saint Peter's Church in New York City.