The Biggest Little Band In Town Featuring WALI ALI
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Nov
05
The Biggest Little Band In Town Featuring WALI ALI @ CRENSHAW LIVE BAR & GRILL

Los Angeles, California, USA

Los Angeles, California, USA

Oct
29
The Biggest Little Band In Town Featuring WALI ALI @ CRENSHAW LIVE BAR & GRILL

Los Angeles, California, USA

Los Angeles, California, USA

Oct
11
The Biggest Little Band In Town Featuring WALI ALI @ The Camden House

Beverly Hills, California, USA

Beverly Hills, California, USA

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Pete Allman Wali Ali definately has the passion and talent playing the Blues and other forms of music.For those of you arriving in Los Angeles, or living here, check Wali out
at Crenshaw Live Bar-Grill. Music soothes the soul and relaxes us after a long day at the office.
The Legendary WALI ALI & The Biggest Little Band In Town
JUMP START THE HOLIDAYS & GET YOUR GROOVE ON!!!
Location:PARTY ON THE SHAW...CRENSHAW LIVE BAR & GRILL PRESENTS...MASTER GUITARIST WALI ALI & THE BIGGEST LITTLE BAND IN TOWN
Time:8:00PM Thursday, November 5th - Pete Allman



> Date: Thu, 29 Oct 2009 17:01:28 +0000
> From: asgbeat@ca.rr.com
> Subject: Guitar Man Wali Ali @ Crenshaw Live TONIGHT 8pm - NO COVER
>
> Hello L.A. Jazz Fam,
>
> What are doing after work tonight, Thursday October 29?
>
> I was first exposed to the guitar stylings of Wali Ali via the tasty
> solos he contributed to Teena Marie's first jazz-style recordings on
> Motown: "I'm Gonna Have My Cake (And Eat it Too)" from Wild and Peaceful
> (1979) and "Tune in Tomorrow" from Irons in the Fire (1980). I wondered
> what his own music would sound like. Tonight at 8pm, I aim to find out at
> a new spot on the Crenshaw Strip called Crenshaw Live where Mr. Ali
> will perform with what he dubs "The Biggest Little Band in Town."
>
> The show starts at 8pm, swings on until midnight
> and is preceded by Happy Hour from 4-7pm.
>
> I have been assured Crenshaw Live is a class act venue - a sports bar
> with a dance floor setting, top shelf libation, good food (specialty:
> sushi), tight security, parking in the rear and private V.I.P. rooms.
>
> Crenshaw Live Bar and Grill is located at 3888 Crenshaw Blvd.
> between Coliseum St. and 39th St. on the famed Crenshaw Strip in L.A.
>
> If you are free and so inclined, I hope you will join me.
>
> Have a safe and soulful Halloween weekend.
>
> A. Scott Galloway
>

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Discography

Production:
Alter Ego (2xCD, Album) U Scared J Records 2006
Appears On: Bustin' Out Of L Seven (LP, Album, RP) Cop 'N' Blow Gordy 1979
Disco Godfather (LP) Apple Juice Records 1979
Invitation (Album) ◄ (2 versions) Kingston Arista ... 1979
Invitation (LP, Album) Kingston Arista 1979
Invitation (2x12", Gat) Kingston Buddah Records, Pye Records 1979
Pizzazz (LP, Album) Haven't You Heard, Cal... Elektra 1979
Wild & Peaceful (LP, Album) Gordy 1979
Celestial Sky (Album) ◄ (2 versions) CBS 1980
Celestial Sky (LP, Album) CBS 1980
Celestial Sky (LP, Album) CBS 1980
Irons In The Fire (LP, Album) Tune In Tomorrow Gordy 1980
Posh (LP, Album) Never Gonna Give You U... Elektra 1980
You And Me (LP) A&M Records 1980
Flakes (LP) Salsoul Records 1981
Touch (LP, Album) Love Was Made For Two,... Columbia 1981
So Right (LP, Album) Journey To Love Gordy 1982
Straight From The Heart (Album) ◄ (5 versions) Where There Is Love Elektra 1982
Straight From The Heart (LP, Album) Where There Is Love Elektra 1982
Straight From The Heart (LP) Where There Is Love Elektra 1982
Straight From The Heart (LP, Promo) Where There Is Love Elektra 1982
Straight From The Heart (LP, Album) Where There Is Love Elektra 1982
Straight From The Heart (LP, Album) Where There Is Love Elektra, Elektra 1982
Here, My Dear (CD, Album, RE) Motown 1993
La Doña (CD, Album) Cash Money Records, Universal 2004
Alter Ego (2xCD, Album) Ghetto Dayz J Records 2006
Sapphire (CD, Album) Cash Money Records, Universal 2006

This by no means exhaust the extensive discography of WALI ALI. His guitar sound appears on countless compilations of LBs and CDs and a genre of artist,which are too many to mention.

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WALI ALI, is no stranger to the music world. He helped as a lead Guitarist The Temptations, Eddie Kendricks, Teena Marie, Rick James & Patrice Rushen just to name a few. Wali Ali has toured as guitarist with Marvin Gaye, The Jacksons. Aretha Franklin, and the Undisputed Truth. During his tenure as musical director of the world famous "Cotton Club", Wali was dubbed the "Minister of Music".
In the mid 70s he recorded one of the rarest albums on Jobete records entitled “(Oh I) need your loving”, but it was never released. It was released only as demo. From this ultra rare demo Lp, I have chosen the track “(Oh I) need your loving”. This track was re-recorded by Eddie Kendricks in 1981.

Later he played guitar for Marvin Gaye on the album released in 1978.He sang as a backing vocalist for Norman Connors on the album Invitation in 1979. Also he sang together with Patrice Rushen on the song “Never Gonna Give You Up (Won't Let You Be) “ included on her Posh album from 1980.
The same year Lamont Dozier formed the soul group Zingara. Lamont Dozier found a trio of singers, James Ingram , Lady Bianca and Wali Ali. Lamont Dozier explains: "He was better known around the LA session circuit for his guitar playing than his singing. But he is a fantastic singer, so underrated when you think how feted he is for his guitar work. Zingara recorded one of the best sweet modern soul albums ever on Wheel Records. Wali Ali sang for Zingara two songs, entitled “Gypsy heart” and the ballad “For all of my life”.

Unfortunately, Wheel Records ran out of money way before they had a chance to put any promotional muscle behind their release, and the whole Zingara thing fell apart just as quickly as it had come together. In 1981 Wali Ali formed D-West Records. The name, D-West Records was inspired by Iman W. D. Mohammed. The first single to be released by the company was "Images", which produced 10,000 copies. Wali Ali sang for the gospel group "The Bilalian Cultural Foundation". Backing vocals by The Waters Sisters. Arrangement by Wali Ali. Orchestration by Mikal Majied.

The same year he wrote a great song for Gladys Knight & The Pips entitled “Love Was Made For Two”. It was included on the album "Touch" in 1981.

One year later he participated on the gospel group Hijrah as guitarist.