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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. 


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)