Let’s Vibe With Thaddeus Tukes

Thaddeus Warren Tukes is a vibraphonist/composer/arranger/pianist & bandleader. A Chicago, Illinois native, Thaddeus began playing the piano at the age of 5, & quickly began inclusive percussion instruction w/the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association’s Percussion Scholarship Program, while attending Edgar Alan Poe Classical School. Although classically trained, he was inspired to play Jazz vibraphone after hearing vibraphonists Lionel Hampton & Stefon Harris. He played percussion instruments & piano in the Jazz Combo/Band/Orchestra/the Wind & Percussion ensembles at Chicago’s Whitney M. Young Magnet High School. In addition to performing at Carnegie Hall in New York City with the school’s band, he received superior ratings in solo competitions, & recognition as the best Illinois Jazz vibraphonist among high school competitors by the Illinois Music Education Association. Mr. Tukes graduated with a combined bachelor’s degree in Jazz piano & vibraphone studies at Northwestern University, the first Jazz vibraphone degree program at a non-conservatory university, where member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Victor Goines is Director of Jazz Studies. Tukes earned the honors of being a Ravinia Jazz Scholar, Jazz Institute of Chicago’s Kewitt-Wang Scholar, Luminarts Fellow, Vivian K Harsh Society awardee & Percussive Arts Society/Yamaha Terry Gibbs Vibraphone Scholarship recipient. As a former apprentice of Chicago’s Gallery 37/After School Matters Center for the Arts Jazz Band program during high school, Mr. Tukes is currently its director. In the summer of 2020, he and a group of local musicians formed the Chicago Freedom Ensemble, a music performance & social justice advocacy organization. Through the Chicago Freedom Ensemble, he has supported led protests, provided political and financial literacy for the local music community, conducted jam sessions throughout the city, & created a citywide network of young muticulturalinstrumentalists. Thaddeus has released 3 albums under his self-owned label, Vibetown Studios. He performs as a bandleader & special guest w/the Chicago Jazz Festival, Hyde Park Jazz Festival, South Side Jazz Coalition, Inc., & various Jazz clubs and ensembles throughout the country. He is a member of the Chicago Jazz Orchestra & the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic. When not performing, he can be found teaching percussion ensembles at various elementary & high schools in the Chicagoland area.

I had the complete pleasure of hanging out a bit with Thaddeus to talk about the upcoming show at Cafe Coda on June 16th, as part of the Madison Jazz Festival. We talk show expectations here in Madison, bringing that Chicago sound wherever he goes and the importance of the give-back. Thaddeus gets to go deep into what the Chicago Freedom Ensemble means to him and the opportunities for building a better community that have come from their work, as well as being a bridge to showing the youth that it IS possible to get out, survive and flourish. On May 20th, Thaddeus had a dream come true, and this serves as a reminder that, YES, YOU CAN. This Cat Right Here.

Super Yamba Band & Kaleta Help Open Festival Season

Brooklyn’s Kaleta & Super Yamba Band are fronted by Afrobeat/Juju veteran Leon Ligan-Majek a.k.a. Kaleta. The singer/guitarist from the West African country of Benin Republic lived his adolescent life in Lagos, Nigeria where Afrobeat was born. Kaleta’s guitar chops earned him decades of touring/recording with Fela Kuti, King Sunny Ade, Lauryn Hill & more. Kaleta got his start in the late 70s performing in church & was soon after picked up by iconic Juju master & world music pioneer King Sunny Ade. A few years later Fela Kuti came calling. Kaleta would go on to tour the world playing guitar for the King of Afrobeat in his storied band Egypt 80 through the 1980s & into the 1990s. Now based in New York City, Kaleta has been leading Super Yamba Band since 2017. Their debut album “Mèdaho,” which was released by California indie label Ubiquity Records, draws on the group’s shared reverence for the raw, psychedelic sounds that captivated Kaleta as a music loving kid in 1970s Benin. Mèdaho means “big brother,” “elder” or “teacher” and is dedicated to Kaleta’s late brother Ligan-Ozavino Pascal who introduced him to funk and soul music at a very early age. The album was included on Bandcamp’s “Best Albums of Summer 2019” list and two of the songs were chosen for the ABC/Hulu series High Fidelity staring Zoe Kravitz. Kaleta & his band have also erupted onto the stages and video screens of major music festivals/music publications across the US. They performed at the historic Apollo Theatre in 2019. In 2017 they rocked Paste Magazine’s Emerging Music Festival in NYC & after that performance Afropop Worldwide fell in love with Kaleta, saying “his James Brown grunts have got to be some of the best in the business!” The members of Super Yamba Band have honed their craft performing with a diverse range of artists such as David Byrne, Rubblebucket, Yeasayer & Between The Buried And Me, just to name a few.

My pal Kaleta [we have been sharing music for well over a decade now] fought jet-lag to make sure we chatted briefly about the upcoming event in Madison at the Marquette Waterfront Festival. Kaleta & Super Yamba Band will be closing out the Saturday night festivities. We got into the facts that the show will be more than expected or seen before, new music and how the sounds evolve and grow further/deeper as the group gets more time back in each others space. As far as the show goes on Saturday – Madison will be ready – I hope wherever you are, you get a chance to share time with Kaleta & Super Yamba Band.


Grabbed SUM extra time and here’s the energy that was brouGht.

Porcelain- Noah Preminger

Prominent Randy- Extended
Assanhado- Plínio Fernandes
Samba Fu Maga- Chris Greene Quartet
Internal Geographies- Samora Pinderhughes Ft. Brad Allen Williams
Rise Up- Samora Pinderhughes Ft. Marcus Gilmore

‘Tis- Pepper Adams w/The Tommy Banks Trio [live]
Stella By Starlight- Pepper Adams w/The Tommy Banks Trio [live]
Hard Science- Jane Ira Bloom & Mark Helias

Mystic Mud- The Andy Rothstein Band
Kamwa- Meszecsinka

Fillin’ Up

The final portion of the proGram made sure you got your complete fills.

Porcelina- Making Movies Ft. Tennis

Security- Farida International
Hallucination Generation- The Gruesome Twosome
How We Dream- Eccodek Ft. John Orpheus
Inner Blues- Dubmatix meets Future Dub Orchestra

Runnin- Brandon Coleman
The Avenues- Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad Ft. Katalyst
Behind The Crusades- Chicago Soul Jazz Collective
Mama Are We There Yet?- Chicago Soul Jazz Collective Ft. Dee Alexander
Elegia- Gerald Clayton
DOXOLOGY (Hope)- Joel Ross

To Oscar- Jorge Luis Pacheco
Fronteras (Borders) Suite: Unknown Destination- Danilo Perez Ft. The Global Messengers
Bulería de la Almadraba- Oscar Peñas Ft. Harlem String Quartet, Pablo Aslan & Richie Barshay

Bells Ring In

The middle portion of the proGram had a hand on the chain ready to tug.

Oscar the Cat- Steve Terry Project

In-Tension- According to the Sound Ft. Adam Parry-Davies/Patrick Case/James Morton & Alex Hutchings
A Million Miles To Run- According to the Sound Ft. Patrick Case/Adam Parry-Davies/James Morton/James Carter/Jake Gold & Alex Fryer
Maison- Seal Party
I Would Die 4 U- Prince & The Revolution [live Syracuse, 1985]
Soul Searchers- Angelo Moore & The Brand New Step

Exactly What I Needed- Michael Rault
Anaesthise Me- The DisArrays
Smokey Places- The Diplomats of Solid Sound Ft. The Diplomettes
Bones of God- Alexander Korostinsky
Barbarea Vulgaris Recapitulat- Tetrao Urogallus
Picea Orientalis- Tetrao Urogallus
Alone- Object Heavy

Gulli (Art Of Tones RMX)- Souleance
Mystifying Mama- Marva Broome
Tchac poum poum- René Urtreger

Saturday Sees

Beginning part of the proGram had a simple and true field to it.

Sugar Skull- Wes Collins
Sonny Liston- Rod Picott
Terre Haut Blues- Juke Joint Jonny and the Kindred Spirits

Red Hot Tabasco- Dave Weld & The Imperial Flames
I Take What I Want- The Phantom Blues Band
Bon Temps Rouler- Kenny Neal Ft. Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. & The Zydeco Twisters
New Orleans- Kenny Neal

Chevrolet- Sass Jordan
Orange Blossom Special- Mike Stevens
Spoon and the Flame- Red Red

Let’s Spend the Night Together- Hooyoosay
Fate Chaser (single mix1)- Schizo Fun Addict
Sky-Pie, Century 21- Spygenius
23- Just Mustard

Grab It Fernly

Did SUM extra spill over time at the end of the proGram. Here’s what feel into the bucket.

There Will Never Be Another You- John Scofield
Sweet Rain Blues- Michael Gregory Jackson
Perseverance- Michael Gregory Jackson

***live on air conversation w/Janet Schiff of Nineteen Thirteen***
Cello and Drums Forever- Nineteen Thirteen
Hot Garbage- Nineteen Thirteen
Lisboa- Florent Ghys

Puttin’ On The Ritz- Ella Fitzgerald (Live at the Hollywood Bowl, 1958)
The Lower Field- Sued Nandayapa Bergmann Saunders
Old School Blues- Peter Erskine, Alan Pasqua & Darek Oles (Live In Italy)

Shot Up And Outta Here

Final part of the proGram rocketed in and out of ear.

Metamorfosis- Meridian Brothers & El Grupo Renacimiento
Fallen from Eternity- Jose Conde
Monocultura- Jose Conde

Sextou- Dendê & Band

Iron- Groundation Ft. Israel Vibration
Touch Me- New Blade Runners Of Dub
Agrun- Ulf Ivarsson & Bill Laswell

Chaos Energy- Daniel Avery Ft. Kelly Lee Owens & HAAi
Resila- Congotronics International
The Chief Enters Again- Congotronics International
Beat Con Flow- Mista Savona Ft. Cimafunk
The Real Revolution- Playing For Change Band & Playing for Change

Strannik – Wanderer- New Asia
El Oyin- New Asia

For Your Ear Plezure

The middle part of this week’s proGram rock, rolled and funked things up SUM.

Going Back to Hoonsville- Datura4 Ft. Dave Hole
Have You Ever Been Torn Apart?- The Flashcubes Ft. The Spongetones
Skyscraper- Automatic
Red Angel Dragnet- The Clash Ft. Ranking Roger
Dusk- Nick Sheppard & Marigold Sun

In the Mirror- Nicky Egan
Wireless Party- The Vicious Seeds
It’s My Turn (To Cry, Cry, Cry)- Reverend Baron

Wrong Part Of Town- 79rs
Act Like You Know- Cyril Neville w/Dumpstaphunk
Keep The Funk Alive- Lettuce Ft. Bootsy Collins

Polysix- Marco Benevento
Like Me- Marco Benevento
Marco & Mimo- Marco Benevento
BFF- Hoodna Orchestra Ft. Eddie Roberts

Sniffed Good

The beGining part of the show went into all the senses.

Nancy Blevins- Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves

Mr.Lucky- The Hogtown Allstars
Subway Casanova- The Hogtown Allstars
Hobo Blues- Charlie Musselwhite
Drifting From Town To Town- Charlie Musselwhite
Mount up on the Wings of the King- Kenny Neal Ft. Christone “Kingfish” Ingram

Doesn’t Really Matter- Bennett Matteo Band
Got That Style- Grace Kuch Ft. Ronnie Earl
Hollywood Blues- The Reverend Shawn Amos
Days Of Depression- The Reverend Shawn Amos Ft. Blind Boys Of Alabama

Send It on Down- Staples Jr. Singers
I Got A New Home- Staples Jr. Singers
I’m Looking for a Man- Staples Jr. Singers
Lala Mulati- Moktar Gania and Gnawa Soul
Soundani Foulani- Moktar Gania and Gnawa Soul

Watina- Calypso Rose Ft. Santana & The Garifuna Collective


Did a little extra on the tail end of the reGular. Here’s the outcomes.

Pardon Me- Bright Dog Red
Jcakjcak (For Ornette)- Michael Gregory Jackson
Optimistic- Jozef Nadj

MakeMake- J. Peter Schwalm & Stephan Thelen
The Guy I Am- Balungan Ft. Guigou Chenevier
Ritual- Tord Gustavsen Trio

Libra Channeling- Mike Allemana
The Mediator- Mike Allemana

Mambo 2021- Spanish Harlem Orchestra
Batey- Josean Jacobo Trio Ft. Magic Mejía & Félix García
San Miguel- Josean Jacobo Trio

In From Out

The final part of this week’s proGram had an inner view of the outer-sides.

Love and Hate- Wolves and Sheep
No Gold Teeth- Danger Mouse & Black Thought
Dérive- Werkha

The Asimov Solution- New Blade Runners Of Dub
Shunu Warrior- New Asia
Derevenskie Tancy – Village Dances- New Asia

Gobaith- Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita
Ana el Gnaoul- Moktar Gania and Gnawa Soul
Menneet- Maija Kauhanen
Inanna- Varta
Banho de Cheiro- Alexia Bomtempo Ft. Roberta Sá

The Summertime- Jean Carne, Adrian Younger, Ali Shaeed Muhammad
Black Meditation- Shabaka

Views Two Too

Middle part of the proGram was looking at it from many different ways.

Tired of Travellin’- Mighty Mike Schermer
Crazy ’bout You- Steve Bailey Ft. Mississippi MacDonald
Stop Right Now- Steve Bailey Ft. Mississippi MacDonald
Washington Funk Is In The House- Walter Wolfman Washington

Yes We Can Can- Snoop Dogg, G-Eazy, William Bell
Arizona to Georgia- Euforquestra, Gabe Mervine & Kim Dawson Ft. Jeff Franca
Tacoma Black Party- Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio [Live In Loveland]
Really Really Love You- Josiah Soren & the Colorblind Pilots

Salt Flat Muscle- The Shaolin Afronauts
Dust- The Shaolin Afronauts

Frozen Power Outage- Free Radicals
Pokke Koebês- Free Radicals Ft. Jitsvinger

Web Chair

The first part of the proGram reminded me of scans.

Edge of the End- Jack Klatt
Any Way the Wind Is Blowin’- Jack Klatt
Fake Friends- Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
(I’m Gonna) Run Away- Joan Jett & The Blackhearts

Mean Town Blues- Jane Lee Hooker
Lonesome and High- Eleganza
Black Strap- Gyasi
Tongue Tied- Gyasi
Male Feminist- Shilpa Ray

greenarrowradio promo- Jim Dan Dee
Travelin Woman- Dave Weld & The Imperial Flames
A Voice Foretold- Charlie Musselwhite
The Dark- Charlie Musselwhite

Not Another Second on You- Dana Fuchs
The Blues Don’t Die- Otis Spann Ft. James Cotton and Muddy Waters
Two Timing- Kenny Neal Ft. Tito Jackson

Look In There

Did an extra helping of radio after the reGular show and this is how it went into ears.

Last Song- Fabian Willmann Trio Ft. Asger Nisen
Everything Is Something- Fabian Willmann Trio Ft. Asger Nissen

Depart- Ches Smith
Gift Of The Moon- Julius Rodriguez
Chicken on a Trane- Clemens Grassmann

Take the a Train- Dave Brubeck Trio [Live from Vienna 1967]
Ko Ko (Theme)- Charles Mingus [live from From Ronnie Scott’s]
Airmail Special- Charles Mingus [live from From Ronnie Scott’s]
Pops (AKA When the Saints Go Marching In)- Charles Mingus [live from From Ronnie Scott’s]

Root System- Or Bareket
The Nagual Julian- Billy Bang Sextet

Red- Cameron Graves [live]
The Life Carriers- Cameron Graves [live]
Bruits D’ Éclats- Balungan Ft. Guigou Chenevier

Find It Where

The final part of the proGram had some ideas on which leaves to turn over.

I’ve Got Reasons- The Greyboy Allstars
greenarrowradio promo- UNA
Nero Habitat- Cavolo Nero

Crystal Stare- Free Radicals Ft. Karega Ani
**pre-recorded conversation with Nick Cooper and EQuality**
America’s Blues- Free Radicals ft. Equality
Ghosts of Montrose- Free Radicals

No Man’s Sky- Lane Shuler Ft. Nu$ense And Alonzo Rodgers
Zambezi- Action Bronson Ft. Roc Marciano

Caravan- Ayala (IT)
Trod On- Clinton Fearon
Petrichor Dub- Richie Phoe
Amps- Seed Organization

Soul Garden- Eccodek Ft. Mahsa Vahdat

Mercury- Boogie Belgique
Tears (Scrimshire Remix)- Sam Redmore

Lay The Ears Down

The middle portion of the proGram made it real easy to be in the listen.

Livin’ for the Ones- Bonnie Raitt
Long Tall Sally- Delbert McClinton
The Sun is Shining- Delbert McClinton
Let the Good Times Roll- Brad Wilson
Two Shakes of a Lamb’s Tail- Jim Dan Dee

Storm of Life (Stand by Me)- Pastor Champion
I’m Going to a City- Staples Jr. Singers
Too Close- Staples Jr. Singers

Always- The Frightnrs
River- The Meltdown
Wonderland- Wonder 45

La Pietra- Whatitdo Archive Group [Live At: Archive Group Studios]
Ethiopian Airlines- Whatitdo Archive Group [Live At: Archive Group Studios]
Blood Chief- Whatitdo Archive Group [Live At: Archive Group Studios]

Nothing I Wanna Know About- The Bamboos
Everybody In The World- Trombone Shorty Ft. New Breed Brass Band
Concussion- Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio
Play It Back- The Greyboy Allstars

Foaming Gold

The first part of the proGram was poured in just fine.

I Love My Dog- Mapache
The Future Ain’t What It Used to Be- Seth Walker
Victim of Circumstance- Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
You Drive Me Wild- Joan Jett & The Blackhearts

K. Mt- El Perro
Sitar Song- El Perro
False Equivalent- Tijuana Panthers
Runaway Train- Jane Lee Hooker
greenarrowradio promo- Gyasi
Walk On- Gyasi
Sword Fight- Gyasi

No- Shilpa Ray
Lawsuits and Suicide- Shilpa Ray
2000 November- The John Denver Airport Conspiracy
But We’re Not Expecting It To- The John Denver Airport Conspiracy

No Hard Feelings- Neal Casal, Johnny Irion & Jonathan Wilson