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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 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 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.