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Jamaaladeen Tacuma presents Outsiders Improvised & Creative Music Festival

Organised by Jam-All and curated by Tacuma, the Philadelphia based festival’s highlights include Ornette Coleman’s Prime Time Band under the direction of Denardo Coleman

Jazz bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma will present his Outsiders Improvised & Creative Music Festival for the fourth time in April. As part of Philadelphia’s Jazz Appreciation Month and spread over three dates, the festival sets out to showcase risk-takers in progressive music.

It begins on 6 April at Milkboy with the trio of Jamaaladeen Tacuma on bass, G Calvin Weston on drums and Vernon Reid on guitar, plus support from Sirius JuJu. Then on 15 April at South Kitchen & Jazz Bar Tacuma premieres his new quartet Jupiter 2, featuring Nels Cline on guitar, Chad Taylor on drums and Alfredo Colón on saxophone and electronics.

Ornette Coleman’s Prime Time Band under the direction of Denardo Coleman play at the event's finale at Ibrahim Theater, International House, on 29 April. The programme also includes saxophonist Odean Pope, guitarist and singer James Blood Ulmer, and the quartet Secret Mall led by saxist Alfredo Colón.

Jamaaladeen – who was 19 when he joined Coleman's electric band and continued to tour and record with the group throughout the 1970s and 80s – was the 2018 recipient of the City of Philadelphia’s Benny Golson Award, established to recognise both the city’s history of jazz and its future through honouring the work of musicians teaching and educating the next generation.

Tickets for individual events are available from their respective venues, with the exception of the closing event, where tickets can be bought at