• dr. AAli

  • Welcome to my music-making site!!

    I'm a guitarist, sociologist, writer, professor, amateur photographer, and father of two little humans. I write and teach about immigration, race, and the sociology of music at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. 


    I learned everything I know about music from listening/studying classic recordings and performing with outstanding jazz musicians during graduate school in Northern California, including Delbert Bump, Baron Wolfe, Mike Meyers, Sam Maez, Dave Wilson, Ryan Bridwell, and Geoff Daugherty, among others. After completing my doctorate (in sociology), I relocated to Oxford in the United Kingdom and had the opportunity to jam and learn from several British and European jazz musicians, including Frank Kenner, Trish Elphinstone, Peter Dixon, Nicholas Blake, and Tim Dawes, and Martin Pickett among others. 

    I am now based in Greater New York City (in NJ), and my musical evolution is ongoing. I've been teaching myself how to play bass guitar as well as the drums. I am also delving deeper into the sociology of music-making and currently lead a research study examining music-making during the COVID-19 pandemic.  


    When time permits, I occasionally perform with other musicians in jazz contexts. More recently, I have been doing some solo performances I dub  "Beats, Loops, and the Guitar."


    Scroll down to view video samples, photographs, and upcoming performances.


  • Booking/Inquiries


    dr. AAli

    Guitarist | Sociologist


    I specialize in providing live improvised jazz guitar music to enhance the energy and atmosphere of restaurants/bistros, bars, street festivals, farmer's markets, wineries, breweries, and private events. 


    For booking or to get in touch, email me (socmusic95@gmail.com) or use the message box below.


    Instagram: @socmusic95

    Link to my Youtube Channel