The Young Philadelphians


"where deco meets disco meets decon"

Jamaaladeen Tacuma, G. Calvin Weston, Mary Halvorson, Marc Ribot:  4 professional, harmolodic noise improvisers with an uncommon love of Philly soul and hard groove. Forever young, forever Philadelphian, forever fixated on the moment before dance went digital. Stuck in the groove like a scratch in your favorite record. Ladies and Gentlemen…the hardest working musicians in punk/funk/soul/noise: The Young Philadelphians!!!   

The Young Philadelphians pays tribute to twin legacies: The mind-blowing harmolodic punk-funk of Ornette Coleman's first Prime Time band and the sweet, optimistic pulse of 1970s Philly Soul. Ribot enlists bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma and drummer G. Calvin Weston, both Prime Time alumni and Philadelphia natives, along with guitarist Mary Halvorson plus a newly added 3-piece string section** to do the job.

Set list includes classics such as The Hustle, Love Rollarcoaster, TSOP, Love Epidemic

**This project can be booked using local or conservatory level string section.

"With punk-funk juggernaut the Young Philadelphians, he starts a party, joined by fellow fret-master Mary Halvorson, bassist and Ornette Coleman collaborator Jamaaladeen Tacuma and drummer C. Calvin Weston. As it did on last year’s groove-heavy Live In Tokyo, the quartet blows the funky-assed lid off classic dancefloor burners with punk-funk takes on “Love Rollercoaster” and “The Hustle.” -TimeOutNY Preview of 10 Acts Not to Miss at Winter Jazz Fest 2017

"There are things you want at WJF, and then there are things you didn't know you wanted. Few but guitarist Marc Ribot would have the gusto to put a group together to recreate the soulful, sweeping funk of Gambel and Huff's Sound of Philadelphia. The groundwork was pure, unadulterated TSOP [The Sound of Philadelphia] - the cinematic strings, the funky propulsions by bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma and drummer Calvin Weston, the shouts of "gettin' down" - but the layers on top were more unique. The twin-guitar attack of Mary Halvorson's spiky excursions and Ribot's No Wave rock stylings kept everything just on edge enough to perk ears up. With this in mind, it gave standbys like the Ohio Player's "Love Rollercoaster" and even Van McCoy's "The Hustle" new life."  
- Dan Lehner, Feast of Music Review at Winter Jazz Fest 2015

"a postmodern soul revue" - Aiden Levy, JazzTimes

PHOTOS (click to download high res):



Live at Fuji Rock 2014:

The Hustle

Do It Anyway You Wanna

TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)



Live in Tokyo (2016) - Yellowbird (US & Europe), P-Vine (Japan)


Downbeat (5 page feature in Oct 2016 issue)
All About Jazz (4.5 stars - album review)
Downbeat (July Editor's Pick, album review)
Paste Magazine (album review)
Audiophile (4 stars - album review)
Stereophile (album review)
Something Else (album review)
New York Music Daily (album review)
"Ribot Rocks Newport with Raucaous Danceable Grooves" Downbeat (Live review at Newport Jazz Fest)


European Tour 2017
19.10.2017 ISTANBUL/Turkey Babylon Bomonti Istanbul
20.10.2017 ATHENS/Greece Aristoteles Onassis Cultural Center
21.10.2017 SKOPJE/Macedonia Skopje Jazz Festival -  Macedonian Opera and Ballet
25.10.2017 PORTO/Portugal Casa da Música - Sala Suggia
26.10.2017 REGGIO EMILIA/Italy Teatro Ariosto
27.10.2017 BELGRADE/Serbia Dom Omladine

Jan 7, 2017 NYC Winter Jazz Festival

US Record Release dates
June 18: Philadelphia: 40th Summer Street Series 
July 28: NYC: Bowery Ballroom
July 29: Boston: The Sinclair
July 30: Newport Jazz Festival

European Summer Tour 2016
09.07.2016 WARSAW/Poland Soho Factory
10.07.2016 LIEGE/Belgium Halles des Foires de Liège
11.07.2016 WIEN/Austria Arkadenhof Rathaus (Courtyard of Vienna City Hall)
12.07.2016 BOLOGNA/Italy Giardini del Centro Unipol Bologna (CUBO Bologna)
15.07.2016 ZÜRICH/Switzerland Rote Fabrik / Fabrikjazz
18.07.2016 MOGLIANO/Italy Piazzetta del Teatro - open air
20.07.2016 PARIS/France New Morning
21.07.2016 SAN SEBASTIAN/Spain Kursaal Auditiorio Centro
04.08.2016 LISBON/Portugal Jazz em Agosto

European Tour 2015
12.11.2015 RÜSSELSHEIM/Germany Theater Rüsselsheim
13.11.2015 MADRID/Spain Auditorio Centro Conde Duque
14.11.2015 GDANSK/Poland Klub Zak
15.11.2015 SAN SEBASTIAN/Spain Sala de Camara del Kursaal
16.11.2015 MUNICH/Germany Bayerischer Hof - Nightclub
17.11.2015 BARCELONA/Spain L’Auditori Chamber Hall Sala Oriol Martorell
18.11.2015 KÖLN/Germany Stadtgarten
20.11.2015 NIJMEGEN/Netherlands 2nd Music Meeting XS – Doornroosje
22.11.2015 MILANO/Italy Teatro Manzoni

1.9.15 Winter Jazz Festival (NYC)

Japan Tour 2014:
7.25.14 Fuji Rock Festival
7.26.14 Nagoya Quattro
7.28.14 Tokyo Quattro
7.29.14 Osaka Quattro

22.7. Völkermarkt/Austria
23.7. Vienna/Austria
25.7. Boretto/Italy
26.7. Modigliana/Italy
27.11. Assisi/Italy
28.11. Cala Gonone/Italy
29.11. Sines/Portugal

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