Outsiders Improvised & Creative Music Festival 2017
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The Outsiders Improvised & Creative Music Festival 2017 - April 30, 2017 Philly Celebrates Jazz and International Jazz Day with renowned bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma and friends at the Philadelphia International House Ibrahim Theater

Philadelphia, PA – Internationally renowned bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma is pleased to present The Outsiders Improvised & Creative Music Festival for the third year in a row, a celebration of creative, progressive improvised music. The concert takes place on International Jazz Day, Sunday, April 30, 2017 from 7pm — 11pm at The International House, 3701 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA . Admission is $25 for Adults and $15 for students with I.D.

Doors open at 6:pm

Organic Soul Food Catering by Abu The Juiceman.

The 2016 Festival brought together people of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities for an evening celebrating Philadelphia's rich musical tapestry—the event was sold out with a waiting list to get in. Whereas last year’s theme was the programming together of “old heads” with the up-and-coming young firebrands of the Philly scene, this year the emphasis is on new connections overall. Audiences will be treated to sets performed by stellar musicians in exciting new combinations curated by Jamaaladeen Tacuma. Tacuma brings his insight and long history as an internationally touring creative composer and improviser to bear on assembling these premiere configurations.

Tacuma notes that in recent years, Jazz festivals around the world are becoming increasingly conservative. Festivals now demand artists whose ensembles and compositions have a proven track record of positive reviews, resulting in commercialized and diluted programming that becomes ubiquitous and overly familiar. The 2017 Outsiders Festival aims to bring back the adventurous and experimental spirit that was once more encouraged.

With this idea of promoting vibrant, healthy, risk-taking freedom of expression, Tacuma has selected a lineup that includes saxophonist David Murray, multi-instrumentalist and composer Kahil El Zabar, trombonist Craig Harris, the Nick Millevoi Quartet, Harriet Tubman Trio, guitarist Chuck Hammer, pianist Yoichi Uzeki, Electronic Sound Scapes Producer Moshe Black, and many more.

Complete Lineup:

David Murray, Kahil EL Zabar, Craig Harris, Chuck Hammer, Jamie Saft, Nick Millevoi Quartet - Matt Engle, Brian Marsella, Harriet Tubman - JT Lewis, Brandon Ross, Melvin Gibbs, Keir Neuringer, Yoichi Uzeki, David Fishkin, Moshe Black, Asimina Chremos, Brad Forbes, Tim Hutson, iNFiNiEN- Jordan Berger, Tom Cullen, Chrissie Loftus, Matt Hollenberg

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Ticket Jazz Under The Stars- A Tribute to Billy Paul- SOLD OUT
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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).

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SOLD OUT   "The Outsiders" Improvised & Creative Music Festival 2016
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The Outsiders Improvised & Creative Music Pop-Up Festival – April 30, 2016

Internationally renowned bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma is pleased to present The Outsiders Improvised & Creative Music Festival for the second year in a row, a celebration of creative, progressive improvised music.

The concert takes place on International Jazz Day, Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 7pm - 1 am at the Philadelphia Clef Club, 736-8 S. Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19146. Admission is payable at the door in cash only, $25 for adults and $15 for students with I.D.

The 2015 Festival brought together people of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities for an evening celebrating Philadelphia's rich musical legacy—the event was sold out with a waiting list to get in. This year the festival was chosen to be the closing event of Philadelphia Jazz Appreciation Month: Philadelphia Jazz Appreciation Month is a project of the Smithsonian Museum’s National Museum of American History.

This year, Festival founder Jamaaladeen Tacuma’s curatorial focus is on cross-generational musical exchange. Tacuma has identified fiery young artists to pair with seasoned figures of Philadelphia improvised creative music.

The Outsiders brings to the stage national and international musicians who have a strong connection to Philadelphia. These include composer, multi-instrumentalist John Zorn (NYC), composer guitarist Elliott Sharp (Berlin/NYC), bassist / violinist/ poet Henry Grimes (NYC, born and raised in Philadelphia), composer saxophonist James Brandon Lewis (NYC) , composer bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma ( PHL), drummer Abe Speller (NJ).

2016 Philadelphia performers include saxophonist Odean Pope, composer saxophonist Bobby Zankel, bassist Richard Hill, drummer Jim Hamilton Trio, guitarist Charlie Ellerbe & Matrix 12:38, composer pianist Dave Burrell, pianist Raymond King, pianist Farid Barron, Fuse Vox featruring guitarist Jeff Monjack, vocalist Valerie Gay and electronics June Lopez, drummer Justin Faulkner, drummer Cornell Rochester and drummer/ bassist Nazir Ebo.

The Outsiders Improvised & Creative Music Festival is supported by Creative Philadelphia, the Wyncote Foundation, WRTI Jazz Bridge with J. Michael Harrison, The Balance of Life Initiative, WKDU's Perry McCotter, Philadelphia Producers Guild, Aguilar Amplification, KP-Vintage, Ahmad & Zaffarese LLC, La Bella Strings, Dipinto Guitars, Philadelphia Producers Guild, Dipinto Guitars, Johnson Family Financial Services.

Questions? Please call Jam All Productions 267-297-2525

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TICKET 4/29 Outsiders Improvised & Creative Music Festival 2018
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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 saxist Alfredo Cohen. Music starts at 2pm. Admission is $25

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