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Abadey, Nasar (John Malcolm Mabry)

Abadey, Nasar [John Malcolm Mabry], drummer and composer; b. Pittsburgh, PA, 26, April 1947. His parents are Robert Mabry and Virginia Dunlop-Mabry. At the age of 5 years he relocated with his parents to Buffalo, N.Y. where he met his cousin, and first teacher, drummer Frankie Dunlop. Frankie would later become very prominent in New York, with Sonny Rollins and Thelonious Monk. Abadey has four brothers; Ronald, Keith, Gerald, Clayton, and two sisters; Anna and Patricia.

Abadey studied with John Rowland (1970-71), principal percussionist with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra; Jan Williams (1971-72), at the State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNYAB), drummer/composer Joe Chambers (1969-SUNYAB) , and later while living in New York City, Freddie Waits at the Jazzmobile (1972-73). He studied jazz keyboard theory, harmony and composition, with Calvin Jones, Professor of Jazz Studies at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC); and Judith Korey, UDC; and Percussion with Tom Teasley, UDC. He has received awards for performance, merit and composition, by the National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities (1978), the D.C. Commission for the Arts (1991), Creative Arts Performance Services (CAPS, 1977), Rites and Reason, Brown University (1978), the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation (1995), and the Prince George's Arts Council (2000), and served as Artist-in-Residence for Dreamlab, a multicultural project sponsored by America Honda and administered by Young Audiences, Inc. (2003), respectively. In addition, he has served as music panelist for the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (1994), the National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities (1995), and the D.C. Commission for the Arts (1995,96,97) and is a serving board member of the Washington Area Lawyers Association (WALA, 2001-2003).

In the early 90s, he was co-founder/leader, along with Joe Ford and Paul Gresham, of Birthright. Now, he is the founder, leader and driving force of SUPERNOVA. He plays a music, which he describes as MULTI-D, which is multi-dimensional and multi-directional.

Since 1972, he has performed with Amiri Baraka, Gary Bartz, Keter Betts, Andy Bey, Birthright, Brother Ah (AKA Robert Northern), Oscar Brown, Jr., Jean Carne, Stanley Cowl, Cyprus Chestnut, Sonny Fortune, Roy Eldridge, Ella Fitzgerald, Tommy Flanagan, Joe Ford, Frank Foster, Charles Galye, Dizzy Gillespie, Vincent Herring, John Hicks, Buck Hill, Paul Horn, Bobby Hutcherson, Carter Jefferson, Hank Jones, Kenny Kirkland, Eartha Kitt, Lee Konitz, Carmen Lundy, Frank Morgan, Jimmy Owens, Valeri Panomorov, Sun Ra, Charlie Rouse, David Sanchez, Pharoah Sanders, Bud Shank, Rey Scott, Stephen Scott, Lonnie Smith, Grady Tate, Gary Thomas, Malachi Thompson, Stanley Turrentine, Bobby Watson, Buster Williams and others.

His wife's name is Baiyina. He has two sons and two daughters; Rasheed (b.1968), Kush Bayyan (b.1991), Jalilah (b.1971), and Mia Shahidah (b.1969). Kush is an aspiring drummer and pianist.

Recordings, Broadcasts, and Films:

Birthright: Free Spirits (1974), Breath of Life (1976); Rey Scott: Timbre Tambre (1981); Gerry Eastman: My Real Self (1983), Native Son (1994), Songbook (1996);Brother Ah: Key to Nowhere (1983); Jeffmajors: Yoko Boka (1984); Malachi Thompson: Spirit (1983), The Jaz Life (1991), 47th Street (1993), New Standards (1993), Freebop Now (1998), Rising Day Star (1999), Time Line (2000); Joe Ford: Today's Nights (1993); Kelly Sheppard: The Beauty of Simplicity (1995); Sharon Clark: Finally (1996); Clifford Jordan: Mellow Side of (1997); Karen Francis: CD released 2003; Supernova: Mirage (2000)

Interviews on BET on Jazz (2000); broadcast appearances with SUPERNOVA, BET on Jazz (1995,1997-98); numerous appearances on BET on Jazz with Joe ford, Keter Betts, Stephen Scott, Kenny Kirkland, Bro. Ah, Malachi Thompson, and Sunny Sumter (ca 1991- on); Hosted Jazz Central, BET on Jazz (2001)





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