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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

Jamaaladeen in Japan 

I am very happy to announce I will be in Japan for the first time in 25 years , it will be a very happy reunion with a country that is home to many of my friends and fans . I am looking forward to it

. I will be on Tour with Marc Ribot's Young Philadelphians , Marc Ribot : Guitar, Jamaaladeen Tacuma: bass, G. Calvin Weston : Drums, Mary Havorson: Guitar, with Strings

July 25, 2014 Fuji Rock Festival - Naeba, Japan w/ YOUNG PHILADELPHIANS

July 26, 2014 Club Quattro - Nagoya, Japan w/ YOUNG PHILADELPHIANS

July 28, 2014 Club Quattro - Tokyo, Japan w/ YOUNG PHILADELPHIANS July 29, 2014 Club Quattro - Osaka, Japan w/ YOUNG PHILADELPHIANS


Jamaaladeen At Civitella Ranieri Italy  

Published on Jun 30, 2014

My first week of residency at Civitella Ranieri in Italy was filled with setting up gear and transferring files getting prepared to dive into my creative work. Civitella provides an artist the complete environment to fully express their creativity and I am extremely honored to be here and amongst such talented individuals who came long distances to be at Civitella. I wanted to start off this process by producing this short film titled SNIFF SNIFF. An exploratory look into the pursuit of living in the now. The fascination of time and the idea of progressively moving forward. The acceptance of any given situation one finds himself in and the chilled out mood one aspires to maintain. As ideas come and go, one has to act on it to fully appreciate what life has to offer.Somehow it is crucial to move forward but to remain in a state of stillness. One has to Sniff Sniff and wake up and smell the Stargazer Lillies. As our surroundings are in constant movement, the question is are we? Even the birds sing in tune. Directed by and starring Jamaaladeen Tacuma. Shot on location in Italy at Civitella Ranieri in front of Jamaaladeens studio Granaio. This track "How Sensitive" is from the upcoming cd release Rendevous Suite on Jam ALL Productions label along with David Murray on Tenor sax and bass clarinet.

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Published on Jul 7, 2014

Civitella Ranieri. Jamaaladeen Tacuma in his studio Granaio, composing and working on tracks with G. Calvin Weston on drums and trumpet and Jamaaladeen on bass guitar. Technology is at it's best here at Civitella whereas Jamaaladeen has been receiving drum tracks and material from G. Calvin Weston providing Jamaaladeen the backdrop to further his compositions. Jamaaladeen has developed this process over time. Of course the atmosphere here at Civitella is fabulous and is so welcoming to Jamaaladeen's

Jamaaladeen At Civitella Ranieri Italy Day 3 

Jun 26, 2014

As I was walking around this beautiful castle here at Civitella I could not help but to think of a composition that I composed for my first recording on Gramavision records entitled "THE BIRD OF PARADISE" In 1983 when I was recording this record I had a dream of a string quartet playing a beautiful piece of music and when I woke up I composed this piece immediately , I then asked pianist/composer Anthony Davis, and  Mrs. Wilhelmenia Wiggins Fernandez who just starred in the french  movie DIVA, if she would accompany me on the piece and I found out that not only was she excited to do this but she lived in the Philadelphia area.  This was a blessing.  We made the recording and she also performed it live with me in Washington at the famous Constitution Hall which African American singer  Marian Anderson was denied because of her race. This was historical for me.  Civitella Ranieri is for certain a place where any artist would be inspired to enhance their ongoing creativity and to find new ways of expressing their artistic desires. Peace, Jamaaladeen

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