Jazz Appreciation Month: Jamaaladeen Tacuma


Jamaaladeen Tacuma is celebrated internationally for his creatively free and funky approach to the electric bass. Tacuma is credited for redefining the potential of the instrument. Tacuma debuted as a bandleader, composer, and arranger in 1983 with the album Showstopper, going on to develop compositions that blend Prime Time's elaborate harmonies with engaging melodies. His 1988 album Jukebox was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1989; in 2011 his ongoing achievements were recognized by the award of a Pew Fellowship in the Arts.

Jamaaladeen leads Jam-All Productions, the fourth annual Outsiders Improvised & Creative Music Festival curated by Tacuma continues its mission of showcasing diverse styles of risk-taking, progressive music and groundbreaking artists in April for Philadelphia’s Jazz Appreciation Month.

The 2018 Outsiders fest begins on April 6 at Milkboy, with a performance by Free Form Funky Freqs: a trio of Jamaaladeen Tacuma, bass; G. Calvin Weston, drums; and Vernon Reid, guitar. Opening band is Sirius JuJu . Music starts at 8pm, admission is $20 at the door, $16 advance tickets are available online through milkboyphilly.com.

On April 15 at South Kitchen & Jazz Bar, 600 N Broad St 19130, the fest continues with the premiere of Jupiter 4, a new quartet led by bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma and featuring Nels Cline, guitar; Chad Taylor, drums; and Alfredo Cohen, sax and electronics. There will be two sets at 7pm and 9pm, admission is  $25 and tickets are available online through southrestaurant.net or by phone at (215) 600-0220.

“What inspires me is the gift of Life given to me by The Creator. The opportunity to move around on this earth and share creativity, love and humanity through my art which is an extension of beauty through audio and visual conceptions.“ - Jamaaladeen Tacuma

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Elizabeth Sytsma