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Jamaaladeen Tacuma’s receives Black Music City Philadelphia Grant  

Honoring Philadelphia's rich Black music history by inspiring today's creatives. 

Black Music City recognizes and honors the influence of Philadelphia Black music history and is a collaboration between Philadelphia public music radio stations WXPN-FM and WRTI-FM and REC Philly. On Juneteenth we celebrate and honor 23 granters winners with live music, storytelling, and a gallery of artwork.

Jamaaladeen Tacuma’s “Philly Rhythm Kingz” a musical video tribute to the Session musicians who were the foundation of The Philly sound from 1965-1970. This film features live performance , commentary and interviews of the people who were involved in the early days of the legendary Philly sound. 

Lineup: 

Jamaaladeen Tacuma - Bass Guitar 

Bob Mack - Guitar 

Jake P. Morelli - Guitar 

Stanley Miller - Keyboards & background vocals 

Sultan Akbar - Drums 

Doug Hirlinger - Vibraphone 

Lawrence “WEAS” Newton - Lead & background vocals 

Kenyetta Payton - Lead & background vocals 

Henri McMillan Jr. - Trumpet & Flugelhorn 

Louis Taylor Jr. - Tenor  &  Baritone Sax

Jazz Journalist Association names Jamaaladeen Tacuma “Philadelphia Jazz Hero”  

It’s the rarest of musicians who fulfill their potential while remaining in their hometowns. But Jamaaladeen Tacuma is an exemplar for how to turn what could be a liability — rootedness — into success. How he’s done it: First, there’s the world class musicianship of a bassist who at age 19 joined Ornette Coleman’s challenging, electrically charged groups and stayed with them for 11 years… ( Click here to Read More) 

Outsiders Improvised & Creative Music Fest Clean Sweep Sessions Episode 3  

Renowned bassist, composer and producer Jamaaladeen Tacuma presents the sixth-annual Outsiders Improvised & Creative Music Festival with a special 2020 theme: The Redd Carpet Clean Sweep Session. EPISODE 3. Organized by Jam-All Productions and curated by Tacuma, this year's festival will take place online, continuing its mission of showcasing diverse styles of risk-taking, progressive music and groundbreaking artists during the Covid 19 Pandemic . 
With his true improvisational spirit, Jamaaladeen has adapted to the challenges posed by the global Covid-19 pandemic. Audiences can access Redd Carpet Room Clean Sweep Sessions broadcast directly to the comfort of their own home through internet video streaming. Jamaaladeen has invited musical artists from around the world to participate in virtual improvisational collaborations. Special to this year and in keeping with the red carpet theme, Jamaaladeen will engage in discussions about music, art, fashion & design. 
The third episode airs on Oct 25th & 26th 2020, featuring members of the global improvisation scene and international avant garde including Dennis Alston USA , Cosmetic USA, Daniel Carter USA , Gerald Cleaver USA, Jaimie Branch USA,Erick Borelva FR, Saadet Turkoz CH ,Trrma IT, Massimo Magee UK, and Albin Vesterberg SE in a variety show that offers improvised virtual performances, fashion Pop culture from 1980’s & 90’s , with your host Jamaaladeen Tacuma.

OUTSIDERS IMPROVISED & CREATIVE MUSIC FESTIVAL The Redd Carpet Clean Sweep Episode 2 

Renowned jazz bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma presents the sixth-annual Outsiders Improvised & Creative Music Festival with a special 2020 theme: The Redd Carpet Clean Sweep. Organized by Jam-All Productions and curated by Tacuma, this year's festival will take place online, continuing its mission of showcasing diverse styles of risk-taking, progressive music and groundbreaking artists during the Covid 19 Pandemic Lockdown. With his true improvisational spirit, Jamaaladeen has adapted to the challenges posed by the global Covid-19 pandemic. Audiences can access Redd Carpet Room Clean Sweep Sessions broadcast directly to the comfort of their own home through internet video streaming. Jamaaladeen has invited musical artists from around the world to participate in virtual improvisational collaborations. Special to this year and in keeping with the red carpet theme, Jamaaladeen will engage in discussions about music, art, fashion & design.

The second episode airs on June 11 2020, featuring Legendary , composer, educator the most recorded drummer in the world Bernard Purdie, Grammy winning songwriter, singer and guitarist Ray Parker Jr, Grammy winner, composer, singer, songwriter, arranger, producer, and co-founding member of Kool & the Gang Ronald Khalis Bell, Genre Smashing Heavy Metal Soul Band 24-7 Spyz, Legendary Percussionist Doc Gibbs, Award winning film maker Gregg Mann, and Spoken Word artist Wadud Ahmad, in a variety show that offers improvised virtual performances, film concept art and fashion commentary on 1960’&70’s funky street fashions , with your host Jamaaladeen Tacuma

You can find the broadcast links on Facebook @JamaaladeenTacuma; on Twitter @Tacumasong, on YouTube at youtube.com/tacumasong and on the website www.Jamaaladeenmusic.com .You can find the broadcast links on Facebook @JamaaladeenTacuma; on Twitter @Tacumasong, on YouTube at youtube.com/tacumasong . The Outsiders Improvised & Creative Music Festival is made possible by the generous support of The Philadelphia Foundation, Pennsylvania Humanities Council, Balance of Life Initiative, Creative Philadelphia , Aguilar Amplification, NS Designs. WATCH EPISODE 2  CLICK HERE 

Outsiders Improvised & Creative Music Festival Redd Carpet Room Clean Sweep Sessions 

Renowned jazz bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma, presents the sixth annual Outsiders Improvised & Creative Music Festival. Organized by Jam-All Productions and curated by Tacuma, this year's festival concert events had to be cancelled due to COVID 19 restrictions. The Outsiders Fest continues its mission of showcasing diverse styles of risk-taking, progressive music and groundbreaking artists in April and beyond for Philadelphia’s Jazz Appreciation Month. This year's festival theme is  "The Redd Carpet Clean Sweep" with the introduction of " "Redd Carpet Room Clean Sweep Sessions" broadcast directly to the audience in the comfort of their own home.  Jamaaladeen will be inviting musical artists from around the world to participate in virtual improvisational collaborations and discussions about their art and how they are maintaining their creative energy during this international crisis. Outsiders Improvised & Creative Music Festival wants to uplift, inspire and offer a small escape from the circumstances brought about by Covid 19. 

First Episode Airs on Wednesday April 22nd 2020 on Youtube & Facebook 

OUTSIDERS IMPROVISED & CREATIVE MUSIC FESTIVAL April 2019  

JAM-ALL PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS 

THE 2019 OUTSIDERS IMPROVISED & CREATIVE MUSIC FESTIVAL 
April 2019 

Philadelphia PA -- Jam-All Productions, led by renowned jazz bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma, presents the fifth annual Outsiders Improvised & Creative Music Festival. Organized by Jam-All and curated by Tacuma, this year's 5-event festival continues its mission of showcasing diverse styles of risk-taking, progressive music and groundbreaking artists in April for Philadelphia’s Jazz Appreciation Month. This year's festival theme is "invasion of the outsiders," celebrating the contributions of mavericks, interlopers, refugees, and strangers to the culture of music.   

  

The 2019 Outsiders fest begins on Saturday April 13th & Sunday 14th at South Jazz Parlor, 600 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19130 with Jamaaladeen Tacuma (Bass), Ronnie Burrage (Drums), Sumi Tonooka (Piano), Tarus Mateen (Bass),  Braxton Bateman (Trumpet) on Saturday and on Sunday Oliver Lake (Sax), Kelvyn Bell (Guitar), Nazir Ebo (Drums), Jamaaladeen Tacuma (Bass) .There will be two sets each night at 7pm and 9pm. Admission is $25 and tickets are available online through southrestaurant.com or by phone at (215) 600-0220. 

  

The festival continues on Wednesday April 17th at the Clef Club of Jazz, 738 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19146, with a 6pm screening of Ornette: Made in America, a film by Shirley Clark with a Panel Discussion featuring Denardo Coleman and members of Ornettes Prime Time Band who appear in the film. Admission is free and to reserve tickets  contact The Clef Club phone: (215) 893-9912. 

  

On Sunday April 21st the Outsiders Festival moves over to Milkboy, 1100 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19107. Jamaaladeen Tacuma (Bass), Will Calhoun (Drummer of Living Colour fame), and Marc Ribot (Guitar) will play a set at 8pm. Admission is $20 at the door and $16 advance  and tickets are available at www.milkboyphilly.com Milkboy phone: (215) 925-6455. 

  

A Grand Finale highlighting Philadelphia's contributions to Improvised & Creative Music will take place Friday April 26th at the Community Education Center (CEC), 3500 Lancaster Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19104; Lineup : Gary Bartz (Sax), Fay Victor ( Vocals), Jamaaladeen Tacuma ( Bass), New Ghost, Marco Oppedisano ( Guitar) , HPrizm ( electronics), Retrograde,  TR7 (Electronics), Julius Masri (Drums) , Richard Hill  ( Bass) ,  Blake Fleming (Drums),  Harold E. Smith (Sacred Sounds)  Admission is $25 and tickets are available at eventbrite and CEC phone: (215) 387-1911.

Jamaaladeen Tacuma Produces THE LAST POETS Album Transcending Toxic Times released on Ropeadope Records in May  

I am thrilled to officially announce the release of legendary grandfathers of Hiphop THE LAST POETS @TheLastpoetsNYC new album Transcending Toxic Time's on Ropeadope Records the first track was premiered by Rolling Stone Magazine today. Feeling grateful and inspired every time I hear their words. Many thanks to The Last Poets Abidoun Oyewole, Umar Bin Hassan and Baba Donn Babatunde for entrusting me with this great honor, this was truly a labor of love for all involved on every level, I called out the troops and they all came through above and beyond my expectations. You can be among the first to hear it. 

Read the Rolling Stone review & hear the Last Poets’ Sobering New Rallying Cry ‘For the Millions’ Proto–hip-hop collective returns in May with new LP ‘Transcending Toxic Times’

 

COMPLEX Magazine Premiers Young Love-

Premiere: The Last Poets and Malik B Connect to Talk About "Young Love" Premiere: The Last Poets and Malik B Connect to Talk About "Young Love"

Outsiders fest host Jeff Duperon as the 2018 recipient of the Philly Celebrates Jazz Award as part of Philly Celebrates Jazz.  

The City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE) is pleased to announce Jeff Duperon as the 2018 recipient of the Philly Celebrates Jazz Award as part of Philly Celebrates Jazz. 

The Philly Celebrates Jazz Award is presented each year during Jazz Appreciation Month to a local Philadelphian for their advocacy and contribution to the jazz genre and community. The award will be presented to Jeff Duperon by Kelly Lee, Chief Cultural Officer on Sunday, April 29 at 2:00 p.m. at the Ibrahim Theater, International House Philadelphia during the grand finale of the Outsiders Improvised & Creative Music Festival, presented by Jamaaladeen Tacuma, the 2018 Benny Golson Awardee. 

“Jeff Duperon is known as a treasured influencer and champion of the Philadelphia jazz community. He has dedicated his career of over 15 years to jazz through his work with public radio and community programs,” said Kelly Lee, Chief Cultural Officer. “Duperon’s knowledge and support of the local jazz community is invaluable and more than deserving of this recognition.” 

Jeff Duperon promotes the history of jazz and current jazz artists through WRTI 90.1 radio and educates the next generation through his jazz studies program for children. He also serves as the Board President of Jazz Bridge, an organization that continues to serve jazz musicians in times of need while raising awareness of the local jazz sound. This year’s Philly Celebrates Jazz has bookend awards, with the presentation of the Benny Golson Award to Jamaaladeen Tacuma during the kickoff on March 29 and the additional presentation of the Philly Celebrates Jazz Award on Sunday, April 29. Acclaim will be given to both awardees when Duperon is honored at 2:00 p.m. to kick off the grand finale of the fourth annual Outsiders Improvised & Creative Music Festival, curated by Tacuma..Event is from 2:00-5:00 p.m. and admission is $25.

 

More information: Creative Philadelphia Jazz Appreciation Award to Jeff Duperon

Ornette Coleman's Prime Time led by Denardo Coleman Headlines the 2018 OUTSIDERS IMPROVISED & CREATIVE MUSIC FESTIVAL-April 6, 15, & 29  

Ornette Colemans Prime Time led by Denardo Coleman Headlines the 2018 OUTSIDERS IMPROVISED & CREATIVE MUSIC FESTIVAL-April 6, 15, & 29 

Philadelphia PA -- Jam-All Productions, led by renowned jazz bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma, presents the fourth annual Outsiders Improvised & Creative Music Festival. Organized by Jam-All and curated by Tacuma, this year's 3-event festival continues its mission of showcasing diverse styles of risk-taking, progressive music and groundbreaking artists in April for Philadelphia’s Jazz Appreciation Month. 

The 2018 Outsiders fest begins on April 6 at Milkboy, 1100 Chestnut St, 19107, with a performance by Free Form Funky Freqs: a trio of Jamaaladeen Tacuma, bass; G. Calvin Weston, drums; and Vernon Reid, guitar. Opening band is Sirius JuJu . Music starts at 8pm, admission is $20 at the door, $16 advance tickets are available online through milkboyphilly.com. 

On April 15 at South Kitchen & Jazz Bar, 600 N Broad St 19130, the fest continues with the premiere of Jupiter 4, a new quartet led by bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma and featuring Nels Cline, guitar; Chad Taylor, drums; and ,Alfredo Colón sax and electronics. There will be two sets at 7pm and 9pm, admission is $25 and tickets are available online through southrestaurant.net or by phone at (215) 600-0220. 

The Outsiders Improvised & Creative Music Festival concludes with a grand finale on April 29 at the Ibrahim Theater, International House, 3701 Chestnut St, 19104. The afternoon concert is headlined by Ornette Coleman’s Primetime Band under the direction of Denardo Coleman, featuring saxophonist Odean Pope; funk/blues guitarist and singer James Blood Ulmer; and the quartet Secret Mall led by sexist Alfredo Colón . Music starts at 2pm. Admission is $25 and tickets are available through eventbrite.com
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Tacuma (born 1956, Hempstead NY), is celebrated in internationally for his creatively free and funky approach to the electric bass. At the age of 19 his innovative style caught Ornette Coleman's ear, and he became the first bassist in Coleman's electric band, Prime Time, touring and recording with the group throughout the 1970's and 80's. Viewed as one of the most distinctive bassists of his generation, he is credited for redefining the potential of the instrument. Tacuma debuted as a bandleader, composer, and arranger in 1983 with the album Showstopper, going on to develop compositions that blend Prime Time's elaborate harmonies with engaging melodies. His 1988 album Jukebox was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1989; in 2011 his ongoing achievements were recognized by the award of a Pew Fellowship in the Arts. 

Valuing adaptability, adventure, and dynamism, Tacuma's ever-shifting aesthetic is evident in his wide range of projects and collaborators over the years, from fronting the funk trio Cosmetic to co-leading ensembles with US and European colleagues such as Vernon Reid and Derek Bailey, as well as recording with James Blood Ulmer, Nona Hendryx, Mark Ribot, and many, many others. 

Since 2015, Tacuma has been producing the annual Outsiders Improvised & Creative Music Festival in his hometown of Philadelphia, providing a platform for renowned as well as up-and-coming local artists. He is a recipient of the 2018 Benny Golson Award from the City of Philadelphia. 

 

Jamaaladeen Tacuma's Brotherzone at NYC Winter Jazz Festival 2018 

NYC WInter Jazz Fest JANUARY 13TH MARATHON 
at SubCulture NYC - 1am on Saturday night 

Jamaaladeen Tacuma Bass 
Darryl Burgee Drums 
Wadud Ahmad Vocals 
Special Guests 
Ronny Drayton Electric Guitar 
Abiodun Oyewole Spoken Word 

Jamaladeen Tacuma's "Brotherzone" concept is a musical territory, in other words a brotherly interzone. With his free funk approach, his tight and deep attack, his highly syncopated playing, the bass wizard gives a "groove" (or rather a "swing") to music that takes it way beyond. Together with Daryl Burgee, a creative and multi-talented drummer, and Ronny Drayton on guitar, he lays the foundation of an exemplary rock/funk power trio. Wadud Ahmad, fourth member of this musical brotherhood, is a poet acclaimed by Sonia Sanchez as well as The Roots (listen to their "Raising Down" opus). His socially conscious spoken word does perfectly fit the trio's open-mindedness that will take us to a world where rock, free, funk and hip-hop happily coexist with a very special guest Abiodun Oyewole founding memeber of The Last Poets will take this over the top with his blistering politically charged raps leaving the audience with something to think about and ready to resist. 

“To experience Freedom, Justice and Equality is the divine right of every human being on the planet earth. That right has no color bounds and the pursuit of those qualities is an action that requires no excuse . Freedom in music is a human experience that transcends all boundaries and is a natural action of resistance. 

My art through music has been an ongoing task to outwardly bring positive and uplifting audio experiences to the masses. My personal goal of striving to attain moral excellence has allowed me to see clearly through negative responses and behaviors. The existing state of inequality, and all of the negative social injustices that are being implemented in this world makes it possible for me through my art to shout out, bring to the forefront the ongoing struggle in hopes to make what is wrong right." - Jamaaladeen Tacuma

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