At the Colored Musicians Club Ahmad Pleasant stands out; he’s the only one in middle school who brings his parents to practice and has to finish his homework before playing with the guys. Yet Ahmad is just as much in his element belting songs alongside seasoned jazz musicians as he is causing havoc at recess. Driven by a competitive spirit, Ahmad first picked up a saxophone when he was six years old with the intent to surpass his older brother’s talent as a trumpet player.

Whether or not he follows his dream to become a lawyer or pursues his talent as a saxophonist, Ahmad will always have a place in history as the youngest musician to play with the orchestra in the Colored Musicians Club Of Buffalo. “A lot of people are wondering, he’s 10, he plays so well, and they can’t wait to see him 10 years from now. We’re all gonna see,” said Ahmad’s mother, Arlene.

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