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JAZZ UNDER THE STARS A TRIBUTE TO BILLY PAUL FEATURING: GREG OSBY 4, LAUREN TALESE, SULTAN AKBAR QUARTET FEATURING EL’BARAK, SISTA NASSUNNI , JAMAALADEEN TACUMA OUTDOORS CONCERT WITH VENDING ON SATURDAY AUGUST 27, 2016
Philadelphia PA – The Balance of Life Initiative is pleased to host this wonderful fundraising event of Jazz Under the Stars in cooperation with Peace & Love 501c3 and Jam All Productions: Live in Concert: A TRIBUTE TO BILLY PAUL, Featuring internationally acclaimed Greg Osby 4, Laurin Talese, Sultan Akbar Quartet Featuring EL’Barak ,Sista Nassunni, Jamaaladeen Tacuma. Fantastic healthy cuisine available for purchase, and vending by Philadelphia’s top curated merchandisers at Karima’s Banquet Hall– Outside, 1928 West Hunting Park Ave, Philadelphia PA. Doors open 6pm Showtime to 7pm to 11pm. Tickets are $25 and $35 and are available at the door or online via Paypal .
The Balance of Life Initiative is an organization created by Amin & Khadijah Alderman. It is designed to enhance the lives of those who have lost their loved ones, by promoting and supporting social activities that foster brotherhood and sisterhood. The residual effects of this organization’s fund-raising will provide assistance to the community for grief counseling, pre-need counseling, wills and also partial financial assistance for those who can’t afford the entire cost of a funeral service for their loved one. In addition we want to support efforts to stop the violence in our city and promote healthy youth activities.
In 2016 the world lost legendary R&B Icon Billy Paul (born Paul Williams; December 1, 1935) he is a Grammy Award winning American soul singer, most known for his 1972 number-one single, "Me and Mrs. Jones" as well as the 1973 album and single "War of the Gods" which blends his more conventional pop, soul and funk styles with electronic and psychedelic influences. He is one of the many artists associated with the Philadelphia soul sound created by Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff, and Thom Bell. Paul is usually identified by his diverse vocal style, which ranges from mellow and soulful to low and raspy. Questlove of The Roots has equated Paul to Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder, calling him "one of the criminally unmentioned proprietors of socially conscious post-revolution '60s civil rights music."
Greg Osby 4 Saxophonist, composer, producer and educator Greg Osby has made an indelible mark on contemporary jazz as a leader of his own ensembles and as a guest artist with other acclaimed jazz groups for the past 20 years. Highly regarded for his insightful and innovative approach to composition and performance, Osby is a shining beacon among the current generation of jazz musicians. He has earned numerous awards and critical acclaim for his recorded works and live performances.
Laurin Talese A Cleveland, OH native, Laurin Talese has worked with numerous American recording artists including Bilal, Robert Glasper, Vivian Green and German superstar, Joy Denelane. She has shared the stage with renowned classical and jazz ensembles such as The Cleveland Orchestra, The Cleveland Jazz Heritage Orchestra, The Moses Hogan Chorale, and the internationally acclaimed Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg, Austria. Talese has performed around the globe including The Netherlands, UK, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Asia, Brazil, and 30 states within the U.S. Now based out of Philadelphia, PA, Talese is currently performing throughout the East Coast in support of her recent recording, Gorgeous Chaos. Sultan Akbar Quartet Featuring EL’Barak: Soul, R&B Funk Philly drumming legend Sultan Akbar’s musical foundation is the subtle, masterful interplay of percussion . His Quartet joined by Philadelphia’s soul icon EL’Barak singer songwrite and recording artis who has worked with Jazzzy Jeff, LL Cool J, Norman Connors, Jean Carne,Cheubby Checker and others.
Sista Nassunni, "Not Your Ordinary Poet", is also a Visual Artist, Designer, and Advocate for Victims against Domestic Violence. She hails from the diverse city of New York, with positive influence from Islam, Hip-Hop, R&B , and everyday life experiences flowing through her words, straight from her soul...Currently residing in Philadelphia, Pa., and working on her Autobiography, "Spoken Soul"
Jamaaladeen Tacuma is known for re-defining the electric bass sound. In the 1970's, his creatively free approach caught the ear of saxophonist Ornette Coleman, and Tacuma became a member of Coleman's ensemble Prime Time. Tacuma has since worked with diverse artists including Jeff Beck, Carlos Santana, Marc Ribot, Derek Bailey, Pharoah Sanders, Grover Washington Jr., Peter Murphy, and The Roots. He has worked with orchestras led by Anthony Davis at Carnegie Hall. His awards and accolades include the Parallel Culture Award (2009), the Marcus Garvey Foundation 50th Anniversary Award (2011), and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts (2011).