Daryl (Kwasi) Burgee and Jamaaledeen 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.

As a soloist, Tacuma continued to press the musical envelope with his debut
album in 1983 entitled simply, “Showstopper”. Several records followed, some of
which include: Renaissance Man (1984), Music World (1987) and JukeBox
(1989),Cosmetic, Boss of The Bass, which confirmed his ability to flip between
various musical genres. Even the critics have had high praise for Tacuma’s
musicianship and artistry. One year he received the highest number of votes ever
for an electric bassist in the “Talent Deserving Wider Recognition” category of the
Down Beat critics’ poll.

Tacuma has performed and recorded with musicians on nearly every continent.
Collaborating with musicians from Japan, Korea, Europe and the Middle East. In
September 2007, Jamaaladeen released a new recording entitled “THE
FLAVORS OF THELONIOUS MONK RELOADED” paying musical homage to the
great pianist composer Thelonious Monk and also releasing a new recording in
October 2007 with a group named “FREE FORM FUNKY FREQS” with guitarist
Vernon Reid (Living Color),and G. Calvin Weston (John Laurie, Medeski, Martin & Wood)
on drums entlited “URBAN MYTHOLOGY” on Thirsty Ear Records.

Daryl Kwasi Burgee professional career spans more than thirty years. As a native of Philadelphia, his unique ability covers a wide variety of drum styles and techniques from various parts of the world. Burgee has been playing drum sets from the age of six year old. His early development started in soul, R&B, and funk music. He quickly became passionate about Jazz and traditional West African music. Daryl spent many years studying the styles and techniques of West African drumming and music; now he is considered to be one of the leading educators in traditional arts and culture in the city of Philadelphia.

Burgee has played on over 250 recordings, majority of the records achieving gold and platinum status, with many different artists. This includes Grover Washingtion Jr., Patty Lebelle, Sheena Easton, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, Teddy Pendergrass, Stephanie Mills, Gladys Knight, Vanesa Williams, The O’Jays, Gerald Levert, Kool and the Gang, Loose Ends, Gerald Veasley, Jeff Lee Johnson, Ornette Coleman, Jean Paul Bourelly, Phyllis Hyman, Rochelle Ferrell, Rick James, Teena Marie, Regina Belle, Johnny Mathis, War and Steve Wonder. Daryl developed and produced his own R&B group called Cashmere. In 2003 Daryl was featured with Bill Cosby on the David Letterman Show and has made several recordings with Bill Cosby as well.


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