Jazz bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma Awarded $60,000 Pew Fellowship

The bassist is one of 12 Philadelphia musicians to win a Pew Fellowship, along with electronic musician Charles Cohen, poet CAConrad, guitarist/composer Chris Forsyth and poet Pattie McCarthy.

Click here to read the announcement on Tacuma's website.

From the Pew Fellowship press release:

"Jamaaladeen Tacuma is considered a living legend among jazz circles. A musician-composer-arranger-producer, he is credited with redefining the potential of the electric bass. In the mid 1970s, his creatively free and funky approach caught the eye and ear of legendary saxophonist Ornette Coleman. Tacuma became part of Coleman’s electric band, Prime Time, toured with the group, and played 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. He ranges from high culture to pop, working with both orchestras at Carnegie Hall and hip-hop/rap artists such as The Roots. Tacuma’s most recent release, For the Love of Ornette (November 2010), was published on his own label, Jam-All Productions. It revisits his collaboration with Ornette Coleman, who also features in the mix of players. Tacuma notes that this project is a harbinger of things to come: “I imagine this form of retroactive memory and recall will be characteristic of the future body of autobiographical recordings.”"

Here's a great clip of Tacuma's Quartet performing some Coltrane in -- yup -- the Ukraine.



 

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