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World Renown James E. Dupree and Jamaaladen Tacuma collaborate 

World Renown James E. Dupree and Jamaaladen Tacuma collaborate. The Black Picasso & Goliath Breaking it all the way Down accompanying "Stolen Dreams in the Promise Zone" Stockton University Noyes Arts Garage. Jamaaladeen is honored to announce a new composition debut

During his highly public struggle with the city of Philadelphia to save his iconic studio from seizure under Eminient Domain, artist James E. Dupree developed over 400 pieces of artwork. Now, these pieces are brought together in the exhibition Stolen Dreams in the Promise Zone at Stockton University Art Garage in Atlantic City. Renown composer, bassist and producer Jamaaladeen Tacuma provides a powerful musical rendition of the installation titled The Black Picasso & Goliath– Breaking it All the Way Down. Each of The Black Picasso & Goliath's three movements reach deep into the total experience of Dupree's battle, resulting in a composition that conveys turmoil, passion and the triumphant result. Tacuma's composition will be performed live on Friday August 28 from 6PM-8PM, is free and to the public.

James E. Dupree is an accomplished artist, educator, and business owner. Raised in between Philly and Pittsburgh, Dupree lived as a child just a few blocks from his Haverford Ave. studio. Among the first black graduates of the University of Pennsylvania MFA program, and a recent recipient of the UPenn Black Alumni Society's Living Legend Award, he is in many ways an example of the success of Philadelphia’s art institutions in addressing the city’s underprivileged communities. He attended free classes at Fleisher Art Memorial as a child, he later received a full scholarship at Columbus College of Art and Design, and went on to prominence via graduate school at Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts and the University of Pennsylvania. Dupree’s works are in the permanent collections of several museums, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the African American Museum in Philadelphia, and the Schomberg Museum in Copenhagen, as well as in private collections of the Dave Matthews Band and Patti LaBelle. He has been artist-in-residence at numerous cultural institutions including the National Museum of Wales and the Studio Museum of Harlem, and his sets for a Mummers Fancy Brigade club, the Shooting Stars, won them first place two years in a row and him the nickname of "King James". As an educator, he and his wife spent seven years running and teaching at the Community Voyage School for runaway children at 35th and Lancaster Ave., and Mr. Dupree also taught at the Prints in Progress after-school program at 3500 Lancaster in the CEC building. Dupree taught in higher education for many years at the University of the Arts and PAFA. Currently, in addition to the private instruction offered at Dupree Studios, you can take free figure painting classes with Dupree at Fleisher Art Memorial. Mr. Dupree has used his success as an artist to reinvest in the Philadelphia communities of his roots. There are many well-known examples of that investment, but one example that stands out is his studio in the Mantua neighborhood. His success is a product of the best Philadelphia art institutions, and he is an exemplary model of a Philadelphian investing back in his community. Part of his long term goals, his dream, has been to leave Dupree Studios as a pillar in the Mantua community. jamesdupree.com for his bio and more of his work. You can help produce and archive this historic and monumental collaboration of art and music,

You can help produce and archive this historic and monumental collaboration of art and music, click here to find out more

Jazz Under The Stars with Jamaaladeen Tacuma Quintet 


Contact: Amin Alderman, Representative: The Balance of Life Initiative Phone: 215-768-7749
Email: amin6215@gmail.com


Philadelphia PA – The Balance of Life Initiative is pleased to host this wonderful fundraising event of Jazz Under the Stars concert featuring The Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble, Jamaaladeen Tacuma Quintet, Seff Al-Afriqi Spoken Word, Noorah Islam Solo Vocalist, guests are asked to arrive dressed in “Shades of Blue” attire, Organic Cuisine by Abu the Juiceman available for purchase, and vending by Philadelphia’s top artisanal merchandisers at Karima’s Banquet Hall– Outside, 1928 West Hunting Park Ave, Philadelphia PA. Tickets are $25 and $35 and are available at the door or online via Paypal.

The Balance of Life Initiative is an organization created by Amin & Khadijah Alderman. It is designed to enhance the lives of those who have lost their loved ones, by promoting and supporting social activities that foster brotherhood and sisterhood. The residual effects of this organization’s fund-raising will provide assistance to the community for grief counseling, pre-need counseling, wills and also partial financial assistance for those who can’t afford the entire cost of a funeral service for their loved one. In addition we want to support efforts to stop the violence in our city and promote healthy youth activities.

The genesis of the ARPEGGIO JAZZ ENSEMBLE sound was created in 1979 by bassist Warren Oree. The group has become a permanent segment in the infinite collage of Jazz music. ARPEGGIO’S repertoire includes original and standard compositions. Everyone in the band composes which gives the group a versatile sound that appeals to a variety of audiences. Their music is flexible, ranging from soft, contemplative melodies to energetic, multirhythmic arrangements. It is not unusual for audiences to break out in dance in response to some of the pulsating beats issuing forth from the bandstand.

Jamaaladeen Tacuma is known for re-defining the electric bass sound. In the 1970's, his creatively free approach caught the ear of saxophonist Ornette Coleman, and Tacuma became a member of Coleman's ensemble Prime Time. Tacuma has since worked with diverse artists including Jeff Beck, Carlos Santana, Marc Ribot, Derek Bailey, Pharoah Sanders, Grover Washington Jr., Peter Murphy, and The Roots. He has worked with orchestras led by Anthony Davis at Carnegie Hall. His awards and accolades include the Parallel Culture Award (2009), the Marcus Garvey Foundation 50th Anniversary Award (2011), and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts (2011).

Youssef Kromah (aka Seff Al-Afriqi) is a writer, author, spoken word poet, dynamic speaker and powerhouse performer. Kromah has shared stages with some of the world's most remarkable talents and public figures. His resume includes names like Nikki Giovanni, Common, Talib Kweli, Mos Def, The Roots, Sanaa Lathan, Soledad O’Brein, Eve, Wale, Kim Coles, The Last Poets and countless others. Kromah has performed in venues all throughout the United States and abroad. His talents have taken him to stages in New York, Chicago, Hollywood, Latin America, North Africa, and Europe.

Noorah Islam is a Singer/Song Writer/Studio & Performance Artist/Public Speaker who creates & performs Inspirational Islamic music. Noorah exploded onto the Islamic Music scene with her debut album, Heart Of A Muslim, Volume 1, and has already made many strides towards creating a safe, open and encouraging space for Muslimahs and fellow female artists. Noorah is a self proclaimed non-conformist who believes Muslim women too should have a platform to perform, cultivate and showcase their talents as well as being able to be entertained within the confines of Islam. Noorah is the creator of 'The Pretty Hurts Tour' and Co-Founder of 'Summer White Tour'. *Noorah Islam is a major supporter of Muslim-owned and Women-owned businesses.

BBC Radio 3 , Jazz on 3 tribute to Ornette Coleman 

I am extremely humbled and honored to be asked to say a few words about Ornette, who was so important to me in his role as a human being and as a musical mentor. Ornette you are missed so much, but your message to the human race is here with us and will live on. Thank you so much Jez Nelson, Chris Elcombe and BBC radio3/jazzon3.

Today June BBC Radio 3 , Jazz on 3 tribute to Ornette Coleman with Nenah Cherry, Guardian writer John Fordham, Jamaaladeen Tacuma and others . Listen Live online 23:00 BST ( 6 pm Est) and online for next 30 days.


"It would be impossible to get even close to summing up Ornette's 60-year career in 90 minutes but I hope you'll enjoy listening to this week’s Jazz on 3 as much as producer Chris Elcombe and I enjoyed putting it together. There's much love for Ornette and his voice will be with us forever."- Jez Nelson

THe Outsiders Improvised & Creative Music Pop-Up Festival – April 24, 2015 TICKETS SOLD OUT 

The Outsiders Improvised & Creative Music Pop-Up Festival –  April 24, 2015 Friday 8pm-1am CEC 3500 Lancaster Ave Phila PA

A celebration of creative, progressive music in honor of Philadelphia Jazz Appreciation Month, curated by Jamaaladeen Tacuma and presented in collaboration with The Producer’s Guild. 

Philadelphia, PA – Internationally renowned bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma and The Producer’s Guild of Philadelphia are pleased to present The Outsiders Improvised & Creative Music Pop-Up Festival, a celebration of creative, progressive jazz music.  The concert takes place Friday, April 24, 2015 at 8pm at the Community Education Center, 3500 Lancaster Ave, Philadelphia, PA, 19104. Admission is $20 Advance $15 at Door for adults and $10 for students with I.D. 

Featured performers include Jamaaladeen Tacuma, electric bass guitar; Marshall Allen, saxophone; Danny Ray Thompson baritone Sax, Flute, percussion; Chuck Treece, drums; Charles Cohen, Buchla Music Easel; Elliott Levin, saxophone & spoken word; King Britt electronics and Ben Schachter's RE:Trio, saxophone,Dan Blacksberg Trio, Ava Mendoza Electric Guitar, Tim Motzer Guitar and electronics, Richard hill upright & electric bass. 

As festival curator, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, draws on his experience performing in music festivals worldwide over the last two decades. His aim is to bring this exciting experience home to Philadelphia by gathering musical mentors and colleagues who exemplify the riches of Philadelphia’s creative jazz music culture, and to provide a setting for these artists to stretch their musical imaginations in front of a diverse audience. Collaborating presenter The Producer’s Guild was founded in 1975 by Leo Gadson and Jerome Gethers to “ensure that the appreciation and enthusiasm for the rich cultural heritage of African American Arts continues to thrive in Philadelphia, especially Black Classical Music -- commonly known as JAZZ.”

Tacuma is a recipient of a 2011 Pew Fellowship, an award given annually to exceptional Philadelphia artists by the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. Other Pew Fellows performing in The Outsiders Festival include  Marshall Allen, Charles Cohen,Dan Blacksberg, King Britt  and Chuck Treece.

Charles Cohen/ Elliott Levin 8:00-8:30  pm
Dan Blacksberg Trio 8:45-9:15 pm
Chuck Treece Drums/ Richard Hill Bass/Tim Motzer Electronics & Guitar 9:30- 10:00 pm
Ben Schacter Re:Trio   10:15-10:45 pm
Ava Mendoza Guitar/Tom Spiker- Bass & Electronics/ Jafar Barron Trumpet/Adam Guth Drums 11:11:30 pm
King Britt -Solo 11:45 pm -12 am 
Marshall Allen Sax/Danny Ray Thomspon Baritone Sax, Flute, Percussion/ Jamaaaladeen Tacuma Bass/King Britt Electronics/Chuck Treece Drrums 12 :00 -12:45 am

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Jazz Lives ! Jamaaladeen featured for Philadelphia Jazz Appreciation Day 

Philadelphia Jazz Appreciation Month

Jazz Lives In Philadelphia

Come celebrate with us the rich jazz history of the City of Brotherly Love during Philadelphia Jazz Appreciation Month in April 2015. With live performances, art exhibitions, discussion panels, and films showcasing the power of jazz in different shapes and forms, Philadelphia Jazz Appreciation Month reflects on the jazz heritage of the city, along with the vibrant jazz scene that persists to this day. Creative Philadelphia – the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE) is proud to lead the City of Philadelphia in the celebration of Philadelphia Jazz Appreciation Month.

Philadelphia has an extraordinary jazz heritage, beginning with Ethel Waters and extending to John Coltrane, Billie Holiday, Joe Venuti, Eddie Lang, Stan Getz, the Heath Brothers, Dizzie Gillespie, Sun Ra, McCoy Tyner, Grover Washington Jr. and other music luminaries, all of whom set the stage for the vibrant jazz scene the City still enjoys today. The goal of Philadelphia Jazz Appreciation Month is to further stimulate the current jazz scene and encourage people of all ages to participate and support institutional jazz programs.

Philadelphia Jazz Appreciation Month is a project of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History and this year marks the 14th anniversary of the national celebration.

Jamaaladeen is extremely honored to be featured in this month long Celebration, stay tuned for special event announcements.

Jamaaladeen at The Philadelphia Museum of Art March 6 

DNA Galleria "The Next Level"

Philadelphia Museum Art "Art After 5" Series
March 6th

Debut performance of Jamaaladeen's latest project , that found its origins in his Month Residency DNA Galleria Held at Tritone in Philadelphia

Jamaaladeen Tacuma - Electric Bass Guitar
Tim Hutson - Drums
Yoichi Uzeki - keyboards and piano
June Lopez - DJ, Cinematic sounds
Moshe Black - Sound Scapes
Ursula Rucker - Poet
Taji Nahl-Narrator
Plus special guests

While at the museum, there is a special exhibit in addition to all the other great art , entitled

Represent: 200 Years of African American Art January 10, 2015 - April 5, 2015

Explore the creative achievements of African American artists and examine the expression of personal and collective identities in a nation marked by a history of racial inequality.

Makes this a very special time for me to be performing there. -Peace, Jamaaladeen

For more information, please contact Evening Programs/Art After 5 by phone at 215-684-7506 or by e-mail at artafter5@philamuseum.org.

Jamaaladeen appearing at Copenhagen Winter Jazz Fest  

Jamaaaladeen  Live at Jazzhaus , during this concert he will will be releasing his newest Cd recorded in Denmark this summer "Legend of the Pipe & Sweater" available now.

Originated in 1976 by avant-garde jazz veteran Ornette Coleman, Prime Time was Coleman's vehicle by which he brought his progressive musical visions to the world of jazz-rock fusion. One of the few jazz-rock groups to ever feature a free contrapuntal approach to improvisation, Prime Time had as much in common with European composers of the Baroque period as anything else in the world of fusion. For this special night Danish drummer Kresten Osgood has assembled a dream team to celebrate the groundbreaking music of Prime Time. None other than original Prime Time member Jamaaladeen Tacuma will handle the electric bass.

Jamaaladeen Tacuma - el-bas
AC - el-bas Kresten Osgood - trommer
Anja Jacobsen - el-trommer
Jørgen Teller - guitar
Snöleoparden - guitar
Laura Toxværd - saxofon
Peter Hängsel - trombone
Ornette Colemans banebrydende Prime Time hyldet af et særligt drømmehold sammensat af Kresten Osgood og med originale Prime Time-medlem Jamaaladeen Tacuma på bas. I 1976 skabte avantgarde-pioneren Ornette Coleman den gruppe, som skulle løfte hans progressive, musikalske vision ind i jazzfusion. Den blev døbt Prime Time og var én af de sjældne fusionsgrupper, der havde en fri, kontrapunktisk tilgang til improvisation, og derfor havde bandet meget mere til fælles med barokken og den europæiske musiktradition end den amerikanske fusion i 70'erne. Det ekstraordinære band bestod som oftest af to guitarer, to bassister, to trommeslagere og Ornette Coleman selv på altsax og var en ledende gruppe i New Yorks bevægelse væk fra 70'ernes kedelige 'fuzak'. Freejazz-saxofonisten Ornette Coleman (f. 1930) begyndte sin karriere i 1950'erne, hvor han var ophavsmand til "The Shape of Jazz to Come" i 1959 og the harmolodic method. Colemans tilgang til fri improvisation - og specielt opløsningen af de traditionelle opsætning/instrumentering i freejazzen - havde en enorm effekt på hans samtid. Ikke bare i jazzens verden, men også på den tidlige progressive rock og bands som King Crimson, Henry Cow, Soft Machine og Gentle Giant. Medlemmerne fra Prime Time skulle også senere blive pionerer i deres egne grupper, hvorfra de bevægede sig længere ud i den nye jazz-rock-bølge; Vernon Reid, Ronald Shannon Jackson og Jamaaladeen Tacuma, hvoraf sidstnævnte nu kan opleves med en håndplukket gruppe af danske musikere i den særlige Vinterjazz-koncert med et line-up sammensat af Kresten Osgood. Osgood udtaler om samarbejdet: "Jeg er blevet bedt om at samle en gruppe, der kan spille Ornette Colemans fantastiske Prime Time-numre til en koncert på Jazzhouse featuring the legedary genius of harmolodic bass playing Jamaaladeen Tacuma. Det her er mit drømmeband. Det har samme instrumentering som Prime Time, bortset fra at vi i stedet for Ornette har to horn: trombone og altsax. Sættet kommer til at bestå af ca. 10 Prime Time-numre, og måske et enkelt af mine egne tribute-numre til Tacuma."

Jamaaladeen performs at Copenhagen Winter Jazz Festival

Jamaaladeen Tacuma's Legend Of The Pipe and Sweater Pre Order now 

Jamaaladeen is pleased to announce the release of his latest recording , Pre Order Ship Date 2/23/2015
Legend of The Pipe and Sweater

Recorded Live in in Denmark at Vallekilde  Summer Session (after hours).  While at Vallekidle Jamaaladeen's passion for the Danish Modern Design imagery was rekindled, surrounded by the architectural elements , furnishings and art design he has always embraced as an interior designer himself.   Joined by an enthusiastic creative group of Danish musicians along with these visual cues that inspired this spontaneous composing session and a celebration of the musical era when Danish musicians  began to explore free jazz during the 1960s, the classic imagined vision of these avant garde pioneers a classic Danish Pipe and a Sweater , the popular attire of the time. 

Jamaaladeen Tacuma’s
Legend of The Pipe & Sweater

Jamaaladeen Tacuma: Electric Bass Guitar

Pelle Fridell:  Sound Manipulations

Ole Theil: Drums

Morten Siversen : Trumpet

Randi Pontoppidan: Voice/Electronics

Jens Jefsen: Upright Bass 

Martin Fabricius: Vibraphone

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