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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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Outsiders Improvised & Creative Music Fest 2017 April 30th! 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

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, Saturday, 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. 
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 

#PhillyJazzMonth, #PhillyIntlJazzDay, #JazzDay, #IntlJazzDay

Festival Gnaoua et Musiques du Monde 2016 Essaouira , Morocco 

Incredible week in May 2016  for Festival Gnaoua et Musiques du Monde  Essaouira, Morocco. . Alhamdulilah (all praise is for God). I had A wonderful concert with great Maalem Hassan Boussou a monumental collaboration in career. . He is truly a treasure and I was indeed blessed to share the stage with. The music of the Gnaoua is so so powerful and the massive audience that attended loved it, and I loved them. The staff of the festival was the most gracious and professional. I was joined by King Britt on Electronics, Wolfgang Puschnig on Sax, flute and hojak, and Ahmad Compaoré on drums and a surprise special guest Bob Wisdom. I am grateful to them all for their creative contributions and brotherhood. We all had a wonderful time. Anyone who enjoys arts , culture and music needs to visit Essaouira for this festival, you will have a beautiful time. Photos by Sound Evidence. #gnaoualive,

  

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Jamaaladeen Tacuma Music & The Human Experience Workshop presented by Monnette Sudlers Guitar Summit 

Monnette Sudlers Guitar Summits presents: Jamaaladeen Tacuma's Music & The Human Experience 

Science Center Theater Montgomery County Community College, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell Pa 19422

Workshop is free and open to the public.

Science Center Theater Montgomery County Community College 340 DeKalb Pike Blue Bell Pa 19422  
For More Information Contact : 215-641-6518

 

  • A comprehensive 3 PART workshop and lecture based on the concept of the business of music and the human experience, Improvisation as a means of musical expression and the global appreciation of today's world musical language.                                                                                                                                                           
  • This workshop and lecture is for all musicians, DJs, non musicians and for anyone interested in the business of music and the concept of collective improvisation. In depth this workshop and lecture deals with the professions, economics and the structure and development of today's music business.                        
  • The discussions will also give insight as to how today's musicians can develop their own business and promotional strategies to help their chosen careers.            
  • Musical instrumentalist will spend time with each other creating and improvising as a means to creating a musical statement and learning from each other. Time will be spent looking into what makes up the musical trends of today aswell as the more classic forms of music, be it Jazz, Funk, Hip Hop , Electronica and world musical collaborations.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
  • Jamaaladeen Tacuma is pleased to share his experiences and long term musical and human adventures with all who attend. Jamaaladeen has toured and traveled around the world for more than 30 years playing concerts and club dates spreading his spicy musical flavor to the listening audience. This workshop will be informative and exciting for all who attend.                                                                                                                                                                                                          
  • There will be a question and answer period directly following the workshop and lecture for those who attend.

World Renown James E. Dupree and Jamaaladen Tacuma collaborate 


World Renown James E. Dupree and Jamaaladen Tacuma collaborate. The Black Picasso & Goliath Breaking it all the way Down accompanying "Stolen Dreams in the Promise Zone" Stockton University Noyes Arts Garage. Jamaaladeen is honored to announce a new composition debut

During his highly public struggle with the city of Philadelphia to save his iconic studio from seizure under Eminient Domain, artist James E. Dupree developed over 400 pieces of artwork. Now, these pieces are brought together in the exhibition Stolen Dreams in the Promise Zone at Stockton University Art Garage in Atlantic City. Renown composer, bassist and producer Jamaaladeen Tacuma provides a powerful musical rendition of the installation titled The Black Picasso & Goliath– Breaking it All the Way Down. Each of The Black Picasso & Goliath's three movements reach deep into the total experience of Dupree's battle, resulting in a composition that conveys turmoil, passion and the triumphant result. Tacuma's composition will be performed live on Friday August 28 from 6PM-8PM, is free and to the public.




James E. Dupree is an accomplished artist, educator, and business owner. Raised in between Philly and Pittsburgh, Dupree lived as a child just a few blocks from his Haverford Ave. studio. Among the first black graduates of the University of Pennsylvania MFA program, and a recent recipient of the UPenn Black Alumni Society's Living Legend Award, he is in many ways an example of the success of Philadelphia’s art institutions in addressing the city’s underprivileged communities. He attended free classes at Fleisher Art Memorial as a child, he later received a full scholarship at Columbus College of Art and Design, and went on to prominence via graduate school at Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts and the University of Pennsylvania. Dupree’s works are in the permanent collections of several museums, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the African American Museum in Philadelphia, and the Schomberg Museum in Copenhagen, as well as in private collections of the Dave Matthews Band and Patti LaBelle. He has been artist-in-residence at numerous cultural institutions including the National Museum of Wales and the Studio Museum of Harlem, and his sets for a Mummers Fancy Brigade club, the Shooting Stars, won them first place two years in a row and him the nickname of "King James". As an educator, he and his wife spent seven years running and teaching at the Community Voyage School for runaway children at 35th and Lancaster Ave., and Mr. Dupree also taught at the Prints in Progress after-school program at 3500 Lancaster in the CEC building. Dupree taught in higher education for many years at the University of the Arts and PAFA. Currently, in addition to the private instruction offered at Dupree Studios, you can take free figure painting classes with Dupree at Fleisher Art Memorial. Mr. Dupree has used his success as an artist to reinvest in the Philadelphia communities of his roots. There are many well-known examples of that investment, but one example that stands out is his studio in the Mantua neighborhood. His success is a product of the best Philadelphia art institutions, and he is an exemplary model of a Philadelphian investing back in his community. Part of his long term goals, his dream, has been to leave Dupree Studios as a pillar in the Mantua community. jamesdupree.com for his bio and more of his work. You can help produce and archive this historic and monumental collaboration of art and music,

You can help produce and archive this historic and monumental collaboration of art and music, click here to find out more

THe Outsiders Improvised & Creative Music Pop-Up Festival – April 24, 2015 TICKETS SOLD OUT 

The Outsiders Improvised & Creative Music Pop-Up Festival –  April 24, 2015 Friday 8pm-1am CEC 3500 Lancaster Ave Phila PA

A celebration of creative, progressive music in honor of Philadelphia Jazz Appreciation Month, curated by Jamaaladeen Tacuma and presented in collaboration with The Producer’s Guild. 


Philadelphia, PA – Internationally renowned bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma and The Producer’s Guild of Philadelphia are pleased to present The Outsiders Improvised & Creative Music Pop-Up Festival, a celebration of creative, progressive jazz music.  The concert takes place Friday, April 24, 2015 at 8pm at the Community Education Center, 3500 Lancaster Ave, Philadelphia, PA, 19104. Admission is $20 Advance $15 at Door for adults and $10 for students with I.D. 

Featured performers include Jamaaladeen Tacuma, electric bass guitar; Marshall Allen, saxophone; Danny Ray Thompson baritone Sax, Flute, percussion; Chuck Treece, drums; Charles Cohen, Buchla Music Easel; Elliott Levin, saxophone & spoken word; King Britt electronics and Ben Schachter's RE:Trio, saxophone,Dan Blacksberg Trio, Ava Mendoza Electric Guitar, Tim Motzer Guitar and electronics, Richard hill upright & electric bass. 

As festival curator, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, draws on his experience performing in music festivals worldwide over the last two decades. His aim is to bring this exciting experience home to Philadelphia by gathering musical mentors and colleagues who exemplify the riches of Philadelphia’s creative jazz music culture, and to provide a setting for these artists to stretch their musical imaginations in front of a diverse audience. Collaborating presenter The Producer’s Guild was founded in 1975 by Leo Gadson and Jerome Gethers to “ensure that the appreciation and enthusiasm for the rich cultural heritage of African American Arts continues to thrive in Philadelphia, especially Black Classical Music -- commonly known as JAZZ.”

Tacuma is a recipient of a 2011 Pew Fellowship, an award given annually to exceptional Philadelphia artists by the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. Other Pew Fellows performing in The Outsiders Festival include  Marshall Allen, Charles Cohen,Dan Blacksberg, King Britt  and Chuck Treece.
#phillyjazzmonth


Charles Cohen/ Elliott Levin 8:00-8:30  pm
 
Dan Blacksberg Trio 8:45-9:15 pm
 
Chuck Treece Drums/ Richard Hill Bass/Tim Motzer Electronics & Guitar 9:30- 10:00 pm
 
Ben Schacter Re:Trio   10:15-10:45 pm
 
Ava Mendoza Guitar/Tom Spiker- Bass & Electronics/ Jafar Barron Trumpet/Adam Guth Drums 11:11:30 pm
 
King Britt -Solo 11:45 pm -12 am 
 
Marshall Allen Sax/Danny Ray Thomspon Baritone Sax, Flute, Percussion/ Jamaaaladeen Tacuma Bass/King Britt Electronics/Chuck Treece Drrums 12 :00 -12:45 am

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Jazz Lives ! Jamaaladeen featured for Philadelphia Jazz Appreciation Day 

Philadelphia Jazz Appreciation Month

Jazz Lives In Philadelphia

Come celebrate with us the rich jazz history of the City of Brotherly Love during Philadelphia Jazz Appreciation Month in April 2015. With live performances, art exhibitions, discussion panels, and films showcasing the power of jazz in different shapes and forms, Philadelphia Jazz Appreciation Month reflects on the jazz heritage of the city, along with the vibrant jazz scene that persists to this day. Creative Philadelphia – the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE) is proud to lead the City of Philadelphia in the celebration of Philadelphia Jazz Appreciation Month.

Philadelphia has an extraordinary jazz heritage, beginning with Ethel Waters and extending to John Coltrane, Billie Holiday, Joe Venuti, Eddie Lang, Stan Getz, the Heath Brothers, Dizzie Gillespie, Sun Ra, McCoy Tyner, Grover Washington Jr. and other music luminaries, all of whom set the stage for the vibrant jazz scene the City still enjoys today. The goal of Philadelphia Jazz Appreciation Month is to further stimulate the current jazz scene and encourage people of all ages to participate and support institutional jazz programs.

Philadelphia Jazz Appreciation Month is a project of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History and this year marks the 14th anniversary of the national celebration.

Jamaaladeen is extremely honored to be featured in this month long Celebration, stay tuned for special event announcements.

Jamaaladeen at The Philadelphia Museum of Art March 6 

DNA Galleria "The Next Level"

Philadelphia Museum Art "Art After 5" Series
March 6th

Debut performance of Jamaaladeen's latest project , that found its origins in his Month Residency DNA Galleria Held at Tritone in Philadelphia

Jamaaladeen Tacuma - Electric Bass Guitar
Tim Hutson - Drums
Yoichi Uzeki - keyboards and piano
June Lopez - DJ, Cinematic sounds
Moshe Black - Sound Scapes
Ursula Rucker - Poet
Taji Nahl-Narrator
Plus special guests

While at the museum, there is a special exhibit in addition to all the other great art , entitled

Represent: 200 Years of African American Art January 10, 2015 - April 5, 2015


Explore the creative achievements of African American artists and examine the expression of personal and collective identities in a nation marked by a history of racial inequality.

Makes this a very special time for me to be performing there. -Peace, Jamaaladeen


For more information, please contact Evening Programs/Art After 5 by phone at 215-684-7506 or by e-mail at artafter5@philamuseum.org.

Jamaaladeen named 2014 Hall of Fame Awardee for Uptown Entertainment and Development Corporation 

I am honored to be receiving this acknowledgement  by the Uptown Theater Entertainment and Development Corporation, as many of you know , the Uptown has played an important role in my life as a youth and the development as a musical artist. I am overjoyed to be able to help support this worthy cause.  Please join me on this special evening.


Uptown Entertainment and Development Corporation Presents:

Uptown Theater Hall of Fame Awards Fundraiser

  Friday, June 20, 6:30 p.m. at CBS3 Studio,
1555 Hamilton Street

 
Guided Tour of Uptown Theater and Lunch:
Saturday, June 28, at 1:00 p.m., 2231 N. Broad Street

Friday June 20, 6:30 p.m. at CBS3 Studio (1906 Rittenhouse Square), the Uptown Entertainment and Development Corporation (UEDC), presents its inaugural Uptown Theater Hall of Fame Awards Fundraiser. As UEDC renovates the Uptown Theater we understand the need to nurture new talent through our Uptown Youth Got Talent program. UEDC demonstrates continuity in creating opportunities for youth artists to perform alongside established entertainers so they understand the history of Rhythm and Blues. We are building a permanent legacy to African American music as we redevelop the Uptown into a state of the art regional performance venue for independent producers, promoters and artists.


2014 Hall of Fame Awardees: MPrynt (Motown Recording Artists), Lady B (Old School 100.3 on air talent and first recorded female rapper in hip hop), Jamaaladeen Tacuma (American , producer , composer and electric bassist ).Corbitt Banks Excellence in Leadership Award, to UEDC board members: Yumy Odom(Founder, Frator Heru Institute and East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention). Andrea Brown Visionary Award, for funders in the vanguard: Congressman Bob Brady (invited) and Hon. John F. Street (former Mayor of Philadelphia) 2014 Hall of Fame Awardees: MPrynt (Motown Recording Artists), Lady B (Old School 100.3 on air talent and first recorded female rapper in hip hop), Jamaaladeen Tacuma (American free jazz bassist and international performer). Corbitt Banks Excellence in Leadership Award, to UEDC board members: Yumy Odom(Founder, Frator Heru Institute and East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention). Andrea Brown Visionary Award, for funders in the vanguard: Congressman Bob Brady (invited) and Hon. John F. Street (former Mayor of Philadelphia)


Join MC, Earl Young, founder of the Trammps for an evening of food, fun and entertainment.

Special performance by UEDC Uptown Youth Got Talent competition winners.

On Saturday June 28, 1:00 p.m., at 2231 N. Broad St., tour the Uptown Theater and stay for lunch.

Purchase tickets for June 20 and June 28 at
http://tinyurl.com/UptownTickets


UEDC awards program spotlights artists who have made significant contributions to Rhythm and Blues and those who are stars on the rise.




2011 honorees were singer, actress and philanthropist Jill Scott; radio personality Dyana Williams of 100.3 WRNB, entertainment promoter Lox Knox; and Ola Solenka owner of the Arts Garage for their contributions to Black music and the local arts community. 2012 honorees were State Senator Shirley Kitchen, drummer Earl Young founder of 70's R&B disco group The Trammps, actor Will Smith,entrepreneur/producer James Elam, Philadelphia Tribune entertainment reporter Kimberly Roberts, WRNB 100.3FM radio personality Tiffany Bacon and internationally acclaimed poet Ursula Rucker for their contributions to Philadelphia music, arts and culture. 2013 honorees were Sonny Driver, Publisher of Scoop Newspaper; Sonny Hopson, pioneer radio DJ and producer; William “Poogie” Hart of the Delfonics; 16 year old Interscope Recording Artist Cody Wise; and, Bruce Webb, legendary local entrepreneur and impresario. The UEDC oversees the renovation of the historic Uptown Theatre on Broad St. in North Philadelphia where music icons such as The Supremes, Jackson 5, James Brown, Martha and the Vandellas, Stevie Wonder and more performed. Built in 1929, The Uptown Theatre became part of the national “chitlin circuit” in the 1960's providing a venue for African American R&B, jazz and gospel artists to perform.

Celebrating Ornette Concert at Painted Bride Philadelphia  




Celebrating OrnetteFri March 21st | 8 pm
$20 in advance, $25 day of show | Members $15/$18.75
This show is available for Student Rush tickets.


Denardo Coleman Group: Tony Falanga, bass | Al MacDowell, bass | Denardo Coleman, drums |Augmented by Winds

Jamaaladeen Tacuma Band: Jamaaladeen Tacuma, bass guitar | Wolfgang Puschnig, hojak, alto saxophone| Ben Schachter Tenor saxophone | Yoichi Uzeki, piano, keyboards | Charlie Ellerbe, electric guitar | Khary Abdul-Shaheed, drums | G. Calvin Weston, drums

Ars Nova Workshop, the Painted Bride Art Center, and the Warriors of the Wonderful Sound are pleased to present this very special double-header in celebration of the 55th anniversary of Ornette Coleman’s arrival in New York City and his historic debut at The Five Spot.

Honoring Ornette will feature two unique ensembles, both deeply connected to Ornette’s remarkable past, present and future. The Denardo Coleman Group is led by the great saxophonist’s son who, in 1966 at the age of ten, recorded on Ornette’s The Empty Foxhole (Blue Note) with Charlie Haden. Denardo has gone on to record and produce many of Ornette’s recordings as well as collaborating extensively with the poet Jayne Cortez. The Coleman Group also includes bassists Tony Falanga and Al MacDowell, both members of Ornette’s current quartet. MacDowell, who has performed frequently with Ornette since 1976 and was a member of the Prime Time band and, is a seasoned veteran of Ornette’s “harmolodic” approach.

In the mid 1970s, Jamaaladeen Tacuma’s creatively free and funky approach caught the eye and ear of Ornette. He became part of Coleman’s electric band, Prime Time, and performed on historic recordings of Dancing in Your Head, Body Meta, and Of Human Feelings. Over the years, Tacuma has collaborated with a diverse and talented roster of artists, including guitarists Jeff Beck, Carlos Santana, Marc Ribot, and James Blood Ulmer. He has also performed and recorded with saxophonists Pharoah Sanders, Grover Washington, Jr., Odean Pope, and James Carter. Tacuma’s most recent release, For the Love of Ornette (November 2010) revisits his collaboration with Ornette, who performs on the recording.



More than 50 years after Ornette Coleman changed the course of music with The Shape of Jazz to Come, the avant-garde patriarch remains an elusive genius whose work defies neat categories. While he coined the term “free jazz” with his classic 1960 double quartet album Free Jazz: A Collective Improvisation, he’s a composer of expansive ambition whose tunes have become essential touchstones in the jazz canon. His melodic imagination often seems limitless, as he regularly introduces dozens of new tunes with slippery, careening singsong lines. And though he’s known as one of the most sophisticated and controversial innovators in jazz, his music is equally steeped in the raw looseness of the blues. In 2007, he became only the second jazz musician ever to win a Pulitzer Prize.

Made possible with generous support from the Philadelphia Jazz Project.




 
Jamaaladeen is honored and humbled to announce a very special addition to the line up of Celebrating Ornette Concert happening 3/21 at The Painted Bride. The Legendary vocalist Asha Puthli will be joining him singing a song from Ornette Coleman's Seminal Album Science Fiction. 

(Excerpt from Asha Puthli's Bio) 
Asha Puthli is one of the most successful vocalists ever to come out of India. Perhaps best known for her stirring vocals on free jazz legend Ornette Coleman’s Science Fiction album, Asha is a cosmopolitan pioneer of jazz, funk, soul and electronic dance music who has recorded ten solo albums for labels like EMI and CBS/Sony.

A quick glance at some of the artists with whom she has recorded, sung or shared the stage is a testament to her eclecticism: Alice Coltrane, Roy Ayers, Henry Threadgill, Grace Jones, Mirielle Mathieu, Sonny Rollins, Charlie Haden, Renato Zero, Barry White, Bill Laswell, Patti Smith, Nina Hagen, Don Cherry, Freddie Hubbard, and Django Reinhardt.

Like her mentor Ornette Coleman, Asha Puthli has always been ahead of her time, and now, thirty-five years after her debut, she is finally taking her rightful place in the pantheon of jazz legends and fusion trailblazers. There's a laundry list of artists who traded in their artistic vision in exchange for mainstream visibility. But Asha has forged a unique path ahead by steadfastly holding on to her freedom.

- Jason King, Ph.D., Artistic Director of the Clive David Department of Recorded Music
  

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