Jazz Concert Pianist, Composer, Performer & Recording Artist

James Tatum is one of the jazz world's most distinguished Stars. He has a B.A. from Prairie View A&M University and M. Mus. Ed Degree from the University of Michigan. Tatum has been involved with music education and jazz education in the Wayne County Community College District, Oakland University and in the Detroit Public School System for the past 32 years. He is a member of the International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE) and member of the National Committee of the Black Jazz Caucus. In addition, James Tatum is a member of (MENC). Tatum has performed with Coleman Hawkins (minor Key of Detroit), Mercer Ellington, and Dr. Billy Taylor. He has recently performed on programs with Wynton Marsalis at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Hall and at the Charles Wright Museum with special guest, Milt Jackson (vibraphonist of MJQ). Tatum has composed major jazz works; the Contemporary Jazz Mass, Return of Joshua, and many others. His most recent CD recording, Back to the Roots, has received rave reviews. Recently, Tatum performed for the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences 23rd Annual Emmy Awards, Detroit Chapter, and was honored by Ameritech as a recipient of the "Living the Dream" Award. Additionally, Tatum was named "Musician of the Year" by the Michigan State Senate in February 2001 and received a resolution from the U.S. House of Representatives praising him for his lifelong commitment to promote and establish jazz as a national treasure in the eyes of all Americans. His most recent composition, The Great Detroit Renaissance, dedicated to the City of Detroit, was premiered at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Hall in March 2001. Currently, Tatum is President and Founder of the James Tatum Foundation for the Art, Inc. In 2003 he was selected by the Gale Group worldwide Publisher Co. to become a distinguished member of Who's Who Among African Americans 2003 in regards to his dedication in jazz education.

Educator, Lecturer, Friend of the Arts:
James Tatum is a professional musician, pianist and composer with a lifelong involvement in educating the public about Jazz. Thus, in his role as lecturer and educator he is pleased to present a variety of musical themes in lecture format including The History of Jazz, African Influences in Jazz, How to Listen to Jazz and How to Improvise Jazz. These musical demonstrations, which include education about various instruments and the human voice in jazz, encourage audience participation and appeal to all age groups, from pre-school to adult concert attendees and students of music. As another indication of James Tatum's commitment and interest in the Arts, he has founded the James Tatum Foundation for the Arts, Inc., a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization whose primary purpose is to receive and administer funds for providing educational opportunities and scholarship awards to deserving youth. Established in 1987, the Foundation has awarded numerous scholarships to youths in all areas of the Arts, including music, dance, sculpture, painting, and media artform.

On behalf of the Foundation, Tatum was honored as one of the benefactors of the 1994 Melvin Van Peoples Benefit Dinner held in Detroit, Michigan. He also received "keys" to several cities, and recently received the "Dr. Martin Luther King Peace Dove Award" from the Westside Unity Church in Detroit, Michigan. The James Tatum Trio plus is a dynamic group of jazz, musicians cited for its unique jazz, sound. Members have performed original compositions as well as unique interpretations of jazz, classics throughout the United States and Canada. The Trio Plus has performed every year since 1981 in the Detroit/Montreux Jazz Festival in the company of international jazz performers. Led by noted jazz pianist James Tatum, the Trio Plus brings a unique blend of progressive and "bona fide" jazz to listeners, incorporating blues, spirituals, and gospel techniques into many of its melodies. This exciting jazz ensemble, whose modern jazz repertoire and style have been touched by the group's African heritage, is available for jazz concerts and workshop presentations.

On Saturday, April 27, 2002 James Tatum faculty member of Wayne County Community College District and founder of the James Tatum Foundation for the Arts, was presented the "Frederick Douglass "Award" for Education by the National Association of Business and Professional Women's Club. The award was presented in recognition of his outstanding contributions toward supporting the education of high school youth in the performing arts throughout the Metropolitan Detroit area.

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James Tatum Trio Plus, Inc
P. O. Box 32240. Detroit, Michigan 48232
Phone: (313) 255-9015 - Fax: (313) 255-9014
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