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Jamaaladeen Tacuma

Primary Instrument: Bass

Born: June 11, 1956    

Jamaaladeen Tacuma

Few musicians leave their audiences with a feeling that they have truly witnessed something amazing. Artist/Producer/Performer/Arranger/Innovator and Bassist - Jamaaladeen Tacuma does just that.

This native Philadelphian has always stretched the old mold of what and how a bassist is supposed to play. Tacuma has simply re-defined his instrument's artistic potential.

In the mid 70's, his creatively free approach to the bass caught the eye and ear of the legendary saxophonist Ornette Coleman. Tacuma became a member of Coleman's electric band, Prime Time, he toured with the group and played on some of Coleman's historic recordings such as: “Dancing In Your Head”, “Body Meta”, and “Of Human Feelings”....
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Awards

Parallle Culture Award Media Wave Festival 2009
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    For the Love of Ornette

    Jam All Productions
    2011
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    For The Love Of Ornette

    Jazzwerkstatt
    2010
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    Zwei

    Jazzwerkstatt
    2009
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    Jamaaladeen Tacuma's Coltrane Configurations

    Jazzwerkstatt
    2009
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    The Flavors Of Thelonious Monk Reloaded

    Jazzwerkstatt
    2007
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    All Basses Covered

    Jazzwerkstatt
    2005
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    Brotherzone

    Jazzwerkstatt
    1999
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FOR THE LOVE OF ORNETTE

Jamaaladeen Tacuma is proud and honored to announce the completion of a recording project that is long awaited . A recording made up of original compositions featuring as guest his mentor and long time band leader Ornette Coleman. This album will be titled 'FOR THE LOVE OF ORNETTE” and will feature master saxophonist, composer, harmolodic musicologist Ornette Coleman as a guest soloist. The recording will highlight two important works, a composition that Ornette wrote for Jamaaladeen entitled TACUMA SONG, which Jamaaladeen featured on his first solo album on Gramavision records entitled SHOWSTOPPER, this Album was very special and was a result of the encouragement and musical mentorship Jamaaladeen received as a band member in Prime Time...

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