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Jamaaladeen named 2014 Hall of Fame Awardee for Uptown Entertainment and Development Corporation 

I am honored to be receiving this acknowledgement  by the Uptown Theater Entertainment and Development Corporation, as many of you know , the Uptown has played an important role in my life as a youth and the development as a musical artist. I am overjoyed to be able to help support this worthy cause.  Please join me on this special evening.

Uptown Entertainment and Development Corporation Presents:

Uptown Theater Hall of Fame Awards Fundraiser

  Friday, June 20, 6:30 p.m. at CBS3 Studio,
1555 Hamilton Street

Guided Tour of Uptown Theater and Lunch:
Saturday, June 28, at 1:00 p.m., 2231 N. Broad Street

Friday June 20, 6:30 p.m. at CBS3 Studio (1906 Rittenhouse Square), the Uptown Entertainment and Development Corporation (UEDC), presents its inaugural Uptown Theater Hall of Fame Awards Fundraiser. As UEDC renovates the Uptown Theater we understand the need to nurture new talent through our Uptown Youth Got Talent program. UEDC demonstrates continuity in creating opportunities for youth artists to perform alongside established entertainers so they understand the history of Rhythm and Blues. We are building a permanent legacy to African American music as we redevelop the Uptown into a state of the art regional performance venue for independent producers, promoters and artists.

2014 Hall of Fame Awardees: MPrynt (Motown Recording Artists), Lady B (Old School 100.3 on air talent and first recorded female rapper in hip hop), Jamaaladeen Tacuma (American , producer , composer and electric bassist ).Corbitt Banks Excellence in Leadership Award, to UEDC board members: Yumy Odom(Founder, Frator Heru Institute and East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention). Andrea Brown Visionary Award, for funders in the vanguard: Congressman Bob Brady (invited) and Hon. John F. Street (former Mayor of Philadelphia) 2014 Hall of Fame Awardees: MPrynt (Motown Recording Artists), Lady B (Old School 100.3 on air talent and first recorded female rapper in hip hop), Jamaaladeen Tacuma (American free jazz bassist and international performer). Corbitt Banks Excellence in Leadership Award, to UEDC board members: Yumy Odom(Founder, Frator Heru Institute and East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention). Andrea Brown Visionary Award, for funders in the vanguard: Congressman Bob Brady (invited) and Hon. John F. Street (former Mayor of Philadelphia)

Join MC, Earl Young, founder of the Trammps for an evening of food, fun and entertainment.

Special performance by UEDC Uptown Youth Got Talent competition winners.

On Saturday June 28, 1:00 p.m., at 2231 N. Broad St., tour the Uptown Theater and stay for lunch.

Purchase tickets for June 20 and June 28 at

UEDC awards program spotlights artists who have made significant contributions to Rhythm and Blues and those who are stars on the rise.

2011 honorees were singer, actress and philanthropist Jill Scott; radio personality Dyana Williams of 100.3 WRNB, entertainment promoter Lox Knox; and Ola Solenka owner of the Arts Garage for their contributions to Black music and the local arts community. 2012 honorees were State Senator Shirley Kitchen, drummer Earl Young founder of 70's R&B disco group The Trammps, actor Will Smith,entrepreneur/producer James Elam, Philadelphia Tribune entertainment reporter Kimberly Roberts, WRNB 100.3FM radio personality Tiffany Bacon and internationally acclaimed poet Ursula Rucker for their contributions to Philadelphia music, arts and culture. 2013 honorees were Sonny Driver, Publisher of Scoop Newspaper; Sonny Hopson, pioneer radio DJ and producer; William “Poogie” Hart of the Delfonics; 16 year old Interscope Recording Artist Cody Wise; and, Bruce Webb, legendary local entrepreneur and impresario. The UEDC oversees the renovation of the historic Uptown Theatre on Broad St. in North Philadelphia where music icons such as The Supremes, Jackson 5, James Brown, Martha and the Vandellas, Stevie Wonder and more performed. Built in 1929, The Uptown Theatre became part of the national “chitlin circuit” in the 1960's providing a venue for African American R&B, jazz and gospel artists to perform.

Celebrating Ornette Concert at Painted Bride Philadelphia  

Celebrating OrnetteFri March 21st | 8 pm
$20 in advance, $25 day of show | Members $15/$18.75
This show is available for Student Rush tickets.

Denardo Coleman Group: Tony Falanga, bass | Al MacDowell, bass | Denardo Coleman, drums |Augmented by Winds

Jamaaladeen Tacuma Band: Jamaaladeen Tacuma, bass guitar | Wolfgang Puschnig, hojak, alto saxophone| Ben Schachter Tenor saxophone | Yoichi Uzeki, piano, keyboards | Charlie Ellerbe, electric guitar | Khary Abdul-Shaheed, drums | G. Calvin Weston, drums

Ars Nova Workshop, the Painted Bride Art Center, and the Warriors of the Wonderful Sound are pleased to present this very special double-header in celebration of the 55th anniversary of Ornette Coleman’s arrival in New York City and his historic debut at The Five Spot.

Honoring Ornette will feature two unique ensembles, both deeply connected to Ornette’s remarkable past, present and future. The Denardo Coleman Group is led by the great saxophonist’s son who, in 1966 at the age of ten, recorded on Ornette’s The Empty Foxhole (Blue Note) with Charlie Haden. Denardo has gone on to record and produce many of Ornette’s recordings as well as collaborating extensively with the poet Jayne Cortez. The Coleman Group also includes bassists Tony Falanga and Al MacDowell, both members of Ornette’s current quartet. MacDowell, who has performed frequently with Ornette since 1976 and was a member of the Prime Time band and, is a seasoned veteran of Ornette’s “harmolodic” approach.

In the mid 1970s, Jamaaladeen Tacuma’s creatively free and funky approach caught the eye and ear of Ornette. He became part of Coleman’s electric band, Prime Time, and performed on historic recordings of Dancing in Your Head, Body Meta, and Of Human Feelings. Over the years, Tacuma has collaborated with a diverse and talented roster of artists, including guitarists Jeff Beck, Carlos Santana, Marc Ribot, and James Blood Ulmer. He has also performed and recorded with saxophonists Pharoah Sanders, Grover Washington, Jr., Odean Pope, and James Carter. Tacuma’s most recent release, For the Love of Ornette (November 2010) revisits his collaboration with Ornette, who performs on the recording.

More than 50 years after Ornette Coleman changed the course of music with The Shape of Jazz to Come, the avant-garde patriarch remains an elusive genius whose work defies neat categories. While he coined the term “free jazz” with his classic 1960 double quartet album Free Jazz: A Collective Improvisation, he’s a composer of expansive ambition whose tunes have become essential touchstones in the jazz canon. His melodic imagination often seems limitless, as he regularly introduces dozens of new tunes with slippery, careening singsong lines. And though he’s known as one of the most sophisticated and controversial innovators in jazz, his music is equally steeped in the raw looseness of the blues. In 2007, he became only the second jazz musician ever to win a Pulitzer Prize.

Made possible with generous support from the Philadelphia Jazz Project.

Jamaaladeen is honored and humbled to announce a very special addition to the line up of Celebrating Ornette Concert happening 3/21 at The Painted Bride. The Legendary vocalist Asha Puthli will be joining him singing a song from Ornette Coleman's Seminal Album Science Fiction. 

(Excerpt from Asha Puthli's Bio) 
Asha Puthli is one of the most successful vocalists ever to come out of India. Perhaps best known for her stirring vocals on free jazz legend Ornette Coleman’s Science Fiction album, Asha is a cosmopolitan pioneer of jazz, funk, soul and electronic dance music who has recorded ten solo albums for labels like EMI and CBS/Sony.

A quick glance at some of the artists with whom she has recorded, sung or shared the stage is a testament to her eclecticism: Alice Coltrane, Roy Ayers, Henry Threadgill, Grace Jones, Mirielle Mathieu, Sonny Rollins, Charlie Haden, Renato Zero, Barry White, Bill Laswell, Patti Smith, Nina Hagen, Don Cherry, Freddie Hubbard, and Django Reinhardt.

Like her mentor Ornette Coleman, Asha Puthli has always been ahead of her time, and now, thirty-five years after her debut, she is finally taking her rightful place in the pantheon of jazz legends and fusion trailblazers. There's a laundry list of artists who traded in their artistic vision in exchange for mainstream visibility. But Asha has forged a unique path ahead by steadfastly holding on to her freedom.

- Jason King, Ph.D., Artistic Director of the Clive David Department of Recorded Music

Jamaaladeen Tacuma's Brotherzone European Tour 2014 

Jamaaladeen will be bringing some heat to the Austrian Alps this winter with his band Brotherzone with Jean Paul Bourelly guitar, Darryl Burgee drums, Wadud Ahmad vocals. Expect sunny days in early Feburary 2014.  This tour is a warmup to his featured concert at the Legendary Sons D'Hiver Festival de Musiques in Paris. Austrian tour starts Feb 11 Kulturforum Villach, Feb 12 Porgy & Bess, Vienna, Feb 13 Kunst & Kulturhaus Öblarn,  Feb 14 Jazzit Salzburg,Feb 15 Sons D'Hiver Festival de Musiques. Be there if you can this is rare chane to catch this dynamic ensembe of world class musical artists in a quentessential Alpine experience. The hills will be alive with the ........

Jamaaladeen Performs Art Basel Miami 2013 

Jamaaladeen joins Percussionist Kahil El Zabar and Artist Lucy Slivinski for "ELEVATION" an art, theater, video, music performance during Art Basel Miami 2013

Friday December 6, 2013 PRIVATE EVENT

Saturday, December 7, 2013
Fusion Live Fusion MIA Fair/Grey Goose “Fly Beyond” Lounge Wynwood/Mana Village District NW 2nd Avenue & NW 22nd Street, Miami,FL

ELEVATION – Live Performance 7:00p.m. and 9:00 p.m. 10p.m.-11p.m. SZA (Top Dawg Entertainment, label-mate of Kendrick Lamar) 11p.m.-12a.m. Tiny Hearts 12a.m. DJ Waajeed

The evening will highlight a memorable group out of Chicago known as “Elevation”. Spending an evening with Elevation is to embark on an adventure incorporating components of theater, art, video and live-music improvisational performances. The main thrust of Elevation is to expose fine art practices to a social environment that explores and expedites events, art parties in homes, school activities, community centers, galleries, as well as, traditional exhibition halls. Elevation uses painters, musicians, fashion designers, DJs, sculptors, videography installations, dance and spoken word. It presents these artists in solo performances, workshops, and in unique curated multi-arts collaborations. The purpose is to inspire everyday people to dialogue and experience art-making of every genre, as well as in unique collaborations of the various forms. Elevation creates one-of-a-kind gatherings and art parties that make the arts relevant and useful to various communities throughout the world. In doing so, it elevates and inspires participation in the creative process. This is Elevation!

Jamaaladeen Tacuma Performs November 30th 2013 In Philly 

Looking for something to do that is relaxing but also creatively stimulating? Check out this very rare and special art event, enjoy a special set by my new group The Brotherhood Collective and feast your mind on the works by some of Philadelphia's most talented artists and artisans.

“The Balance of Life Initiative” Presents 1st Annual Fall Entertainment and Art Show with International Jazz Artist Jamaaladeen Tacuma and The Brotherhood Collective Featuring Da’ud EL Bakara on Trumpet

Hosted by J. Micheal Harrison of WRTI Radio

Special Live Art Painting Performance by Bariq and Hamid Hollowman of Custom Lifestyle Cinematic Sounds by DJ Abdul Aziz of Traveling Colors Music Taji Nahl of House of Ra’oof/Animated Man presents a scene from an upcoming film “Defenders of The Republic”

Vendors ANOTHER FINE KREATION (Hand Crocheted Accessories & Apparel) by Kareemah Culbreth

Photo Exhibit by Sound Evidence Images

Delicious Juice Bar by Abu The Juiceman Artisanal lite fare menu by Shanda Malik

Saturday, November 30th 2013 7PM-11PM

KARIMA’S BANQUET HALL 1928 W. Hunting Park Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19140 Tickets $25.00 In Advance - $30.00 at the Door

Tel. Questions contact Amin Alderman 215-768-7749 , To Purchase Ticket use Tickets Link

FREE event at The Studio Museum in Harlem 

FREE event in New York City . Looking for something to do that is cultural, creative, inspiring, eye opening , educational?? check this out November 13th 8-9 Pm in Harlem.
Terry Adkins, Blanche Bruce and the Lone Wolf Recital Corps with Jamaaladeen Tacuma.
Postlude (Corpus Specere)
Nov 13, 2013 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
I will be performing with prolific world renowned artist Terry Adkins . Terry Adkins will present Postlude (Corpus Specere) and At Osiris (a New York premiere). Both works will be accompanied by vocalists and live instrumentation. If you are in the New York City area this is not to be missed . 
This program is organized by Thomas J. Lax, Assistant Curator and Edwin Ramoran, Manager of Public Programs and Community Engagement with Monique Long, Curatorial Fellow.

This event is FREE and open to the public
The Studio Museum in Harlem
144 West 125th Street
New York, New York 10027

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Jamaaladeen produces The Last Poets CD Transcend 

 I am honored to announce the debut of the OFFICIAL LAST POETS facebook page and upcoming release of their Latest release a double cd set entitled TRANCSCEND which I produced and played Bass on. Please LIKE their page on faceboook  and connect to stay up on the upcoming news.


Jam All Productions is very pleased to present the second studio recording by the trio band FREE FORM FUNKY FREQS entitled Bon Vivant. Check out the band's latest musical adventures. Available for purchase and listening in the music store. Click the picture to go there now.

Free Form Funky Freqs will present Bon Vivant for a special concert at World Cafe Live Philadelphia (Upstairs) Friday July 12 2013

Jamaaladeen Tacuma: Bass
Vernon Reid : Guitars
G. Calvin Weston: Drums

June 2020

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