Monnette Sudler's Philadelphia Guitar Summit Presents a FREE Workshop with

"Artist, Producer, and Bassist - JAMAALADEEN TACUMA


 Jamaaladeen has always stretched the mold of what and how a bassist is supposed to play. He has re-defined his instrument's artistic potential. In the 1970's, his creatively free approach to the bass caught the eye of saxophonist Ornette Coleman. Tacuma became a member of Coleman's Prime Time. He toured with and performed on some of Coleman's historic recordings : "Dancing In Your Head", "Body Meta", and "Of Human Feelings". Tacuma continued to press the musical envelope with his debut album in 1983 entitled "Showstopper" and  latest historical recordings “FOR THE LOVE OF ORNETTE” features Ornette Coleman and Bon Vivant with Free Form Funky Freqs is  a trio with Vernon Reid and G.Calvin Weston He has worked with diverse artists: Jeff Beck, Carlos Santana, Marc Ribot, Derek Bailey, Pharoah Sanders, Grover Washington Jr., Peter Murphy, The Roots among others. He has worked with orchestras led by Anthony Davis at Carnegie Hall. And in the past few years he is recognized for his artistic excellence worldwide with  the "PARALLEL CULTURE" AWARD 2009, Marcus Garvey Foundation 50th Anniversary Award 2011,  The Pew Fellowship in the Arts 2011 and the The Uptown Theater Hall of Fame Award.  He has received The MacDowell Colony, Headlands Center for the Arts and Civitella Ranieri residency fellowships. Jamaaladeen continues to tour, produce and record worldwide.


Jamaladeen Tacuma
Music and the Human Experience
Workshop: 12:30-1:30 PM
February 5, 2016
Science Center Theater

Philadelphia Guitar Summit Presents "Bass Off" March 4, 2016
Montgomery County Community College
Science Center Theater
340 DeKalb Pike
Blue Bell, PA
8 PM

Gerald Veasely

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Gerald Veasley is an excellent bassist who has played his share of commercial music but definitely has the chops needed for more improvisatory settings. Veasley was exposed to gospel and R&B as a child and went on to play in various R&B bands in West Philly as a teenager in the late '60s and 1970s. Along the way, he discovered jazz and came to appreciate Weather Report and Return to Forever as much as he appreciated Earth, Wind & Fire and Smokey Robinson. Veasley has cited Jaco Pastorius, Anthony Jackson, and Stanley Clarke as his main influences on electric bass, and has named Oscar Pettiford and Paul Chambers as his favorites on the acoustic bass. Having held the music of Weather Report and Pastorius in such high regard, Veasley was delighted when, in 1988, Weather Report co-founder Joe Zawinul hired him as a sideman. Veasley, who stayed with Zawinul until 1995, signed with Heads Up International in the early '90s and recorded his first album for the label, Look Ahead, in 1992 before providing Signs in 1994 and Soul Control in 1997. Veasley continued with the label, issuing the mellow, smooth album Love Letters in 1999, then returned in 2001 with On the Fast Track, an energetic, funk-inflected return to the grooves of his early career.

Cedric Napoleon

Greetings, I am one of the founding members of PIECES OF A DREAM (1975-1990), in Philadelphia, Pa. The principal members were Cedric A. Napoleon, Bassist & Lead Vocals, Curtis Harmon, Drummer, and James Lloyd, Keyboardist. Jazz was originally our focus, which lead us into R & B.

 Mr. Grover Washington, Jr. produced our first three albums with Elektra Records from 1981-1983. During that time, we recorded along with, The Manhattan’s, Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes. My career then led me to exclusively tour with Mr. Washington, Jr.  I started launching my solo career in 2013, and also plan to release my first solo project.

Cedric has  also shared stages with such notable legends as Phyllis Hyman, Angela Bowfill, Patti Labelle,
Phil Perry, Jeffery Osborne, Stevie Wonder, Cuba Gooding, The Main Ingredient, The Stylistics,
Blue Magic, Teddy Pendergrass, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Michael Henderson, Norman Connors,
Jean Carne, The O ‘Jays, Gerald Levert, Hezekiah Walker, Kurt Carr, and a host of others.
He has performed
on 15 albums which led to 1 Grammy nomination.


  • 'Pieces Of A Dream (1981),  We Are One (1982)
  • Imagine This (1983), Joyride (1986)
  • Makes You Wanna (1988), 'Bout Dat Time (1989)
  • In Flight (1993), Goodbye Manhattan (1994)
  • Pieces (1997), Ahead to the Past (1999)
  • Acquainted with the Night (2001), Love Silhouette (2002)
  • No Assembly Required (2004), Pillow Talk (2006)
  • Soul Intent (2009)
Bakithi Kumalo

Bakithi Kumalo is a South African bassist, composer and vocalist who has worked with a wide variety of diverse artists including Gloria EstefanHerbie Hancock,Chaka KhanHarry BelafonteCyndi Lauper and Paul Simon. Kumalo is most known for his fretless bass playing on Paul Simon's 1986 album Graceland, in particular the bass run on "You Can Call Me Al".[1] Kumalo has toured regularly with Simon since then.

He was born in the Soweto township of Johannesburg surrounded by relatives who loved music and actively performed, and got his first job at the age of 7 filling in for his uncle's bass player.

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