Monnette Sudler's

9th Annual Philadelphia Guitar Summit

“This year the Guitar Summit is "Strumming for Social Change".  The guitar has often been an instrument of change for those advocating for peace and civil rights. This concert will bring traditional, bluesy, free and funky Jazz to the World Cafe Live and will be an opportunity to remind us to use our instruments and voices for change.”  


Monnette Sudler Sextet featuring the

Legendary pianist Doug Carn

Diane Monroe - violin

Lee Smith - bass

Byron “Wookie” Landham - drums

V. Shayne Frederick - vocals

Special guest Master Guitarist Sonny Troy

Jamaaladeen Tacuma and The NU’TRUTH

Jamaaladeen Tacuma -
electric bass guitar, vocals
Chris DiPinto - electric guitar, vocals
GhettoSongBird - electric guitar, vocals
Tony Catastrophe - Drums, vocals


May 12th, 2018

Doors open at 1:00 PM

Show starts at 2:00PM

World Café Live (Philadelphia)

3025 Walnut Street (Downstairs)

Philadelphia, PA 19104


For tickets click the link.

Jamaaladeen Tacuma 

Doug Carn

Jamaaladeen Tacuma: was born 1956, in Hempstead NY. He is celebrated internationally for his creatively free and funky approach to the electric bass. At the age of 19 his innovative style caught Ornette Coleman's ear, and he became the first bassist in Coleman's electric band, Prime Time, touring and recording with the group throughout the 1970's and 80's. Viewed as one of the most distinctive bassists of his generation, he is credited for redefining the potential of the instrument. Tacuma debuted as a bandleader, composer, and arranger in 1983 with the album Showstopper, going on to develop compositions that blend Prime Time's elaborate harmonies with engaging melodies. His 1988 album Jukebox was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1989; in 2011 his ongoing achievements were recognized by the award of a Pew Fellowship in the Arts.

 Valuing adaptability, adventure, and dynamism, Tacuma's ever-shifting aesthetic is evident in his wide range of projects and collaborators over the years, from fronting the funk trio Cosmetic to co-leading ensembles with US and European colleagues such as Vernon Reid and Derek Bailey, as well as recording with James Blood Ulmer, Nona Hendryx, Mark Ribot, and many, many others.

 Since 2015, Tacuma has been producing the annual Outsiders Improvised & Creative Music Festival in his hometown of Philadelphia, providing a platform for renowned as well as up-and-coming local artists. He is a recipient of the 2018 Benny Golson Award from the City of Philadelphia.

Doug Carn: On a small independent label, in the early 1970s, musician Doug Carn made history. The label was Black Jazz, and through its deep, ebony vinyl grooves the Florida-born Carn — a trained organ and piano player in the tradition of Jimmy Smith, composer, arranger and bandleader. He is the perfect keyboard artist to accompany a guitarist. Doug Carn almost single-handedly created a new form of fusion. The music on the Black Jazz albums Infant Eyes, Revelation, Spirit of the New Land and Adam's Apple was free jazz, rangy and atmospheric, with cosmically (and politically) charged lyrics. There was funk and R&B in its lengthy, tie-dyed threads, immaculate stuff that represented the changing playing field for African Americans — both musically and lyrically — in the nascent Age of Aquarius. He wrote the inspirational lyrics, and the band charts, for pre-existing jazz tunes ("Infant Eyes," for example, began as a Wayne Shorter instrumental). Although Carn's recording career went on — indeed, it continues to this day — he is still highly regarded for that series of Black Jazz albums, which featured his then-wife Jean on sensual and haunting vocals. Doug Carn has worked with many outstanding guitarists such as Jimmy Ponder, Nathan Page, Calvin Keys, Mark Stern, T-Bone Walker, and Larry Carlton among many others.

Diane Monroe: Diane is an improvising violinist, composer, arranger, collaborator, educator and bandleader. Bow in hand, she charms, uplifts and transports diverse audiences via music including jazz, spirituals, blues, rhythm and blues, classical, avant garde and her moving, original compositions.


Sonny Troy: Sonny Troy is one of Philadelphia and South Jersey’s finest Jazz Guitarist. He plays music for any occasion, from solo Guitar to big band music. Forty five (45) years experience from Las Vegas clubs, to the "Mike Douglas Show" to the Cancun Jazz Festival. Sonny has played two inaugurations for President Reagan ("81" and"85"), Played in the East room of the White House for President Bush in 1992. He’s conducted and played for Frankie Avalon, Bobby Rydell, Paul Anka, Connie Francis, Annette Funicello, Peggy Lee, various jazz groups. He is master guitarist who has taught for 30 years.


V. Shayne Frederick: V. Shayne Frederick is a pianist, vocalist, arranger and musical director with over a decade of stunning performance. Cited by the Broad Street Review as “one of the region’s busiest and best jazz singers and by All About Jazz as “one to watch” and “a “shining light,” V. Shayne’s singular voice, with it’s dulcet texture and substantial range, has a classic appeal with an innovative flair.


Lee Smith: Father of acclaimed bassist Christian McBride, Lee Smith is an extraordinary bassist and after nearly 40 years as a working bassist, Lee Smith has become a Philadelphia legend. He has worked with just about everyone, including the Delphonics, Mongo Santamaria, Dizzy Gillespie, Roland Kirk. Lee is self taught on the electric and upright bass. His background of formal music study and education was a major asset to this transition. He transferred his knowledge of music theory from the trumpet to the bass. For over 30 years, Lee has worked with numerous jazz greats including Cab Calloway, Lionel Hampton, Erskine Hawkins, Benny Golson, Bud Shank, Dizzy Gillespie, Cedar Walton, Donald Harrison, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Greg Osby, Roberta Flack, Sonny Fortune, Odean Pope, Billy Hart, and Sonny Murray. Lee worked with Philadelphia piano great Trudy Pitts for almost a decade. He also performs with the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia under the direction of Terell Stafford. Lee’s latest CD is called Sittin’ on a Secret.


Byron Landham: Drummer Byron Landham has recorded on at least fifty CD's to his credit as well as co-produced Joey DeFrancesco's Grammy nominated CD "Never Can Say Goodbye" tribute to the late Michael Jackson.

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