"Home To The Foremost African Centered Jazz Group In The World"

Known as the foremost African centered Jazz group of its kind in the world today, IN THE TRADITION is well known for their dynamic concert appearances as they are for their top-rated recordings. Their performances are eagerly awaited in the Jazz, World Beat and political communities. Their performances include special packages for Colleges and Schools. For further information contact them at 313-918-7174 or 313-926-1747. You can also email them at olujimi@inthetraditionjazz.net for further inquiries. We also perform for traditional African weddings and ceremonies.

News and Upcoming Events

Congratulations to In The Tradition's Olujimi Tafataona (Saxophones/Flutes) and Kenneth Gill (Trombone/Euphonium) for being nominated respectively for the Detroit Music Awards in the Outstanding Musician category for 2017! LONG LIVE the indomitable creativity that dwells in the Afrikan Spirit!


"Our appearance in Muskegon on February 25th 2017 was a wonderful experience and our time with the audience was so enriching. We also got to spend time with our friend Ruth of Ruth's Deli and soul food Palace and our friend Charles Fair of the MBA Journal. The day was so spiritual for us. Until we meet again!"


Join In The Tradition as we continue to commemorate African history. The commemoration continues at the Hackley Public Library, Saturday February 25th, 316 W. Webster Ave, in Muskegon, Michigan. The music begins at 2 o'clock and all are welcome. Long live the indomitable creativity that dwells in the Afrikan Spirit! Ashe!


February has been deemed African History Month, and In The Tradition (The foremost African centered jazz group in the world) would like to invite you to come out and celebrate it with us at the Clinton-Macomb Public Library this Sunday at 2 o'clock p.m. The library is located at 40900 Romeo Plank Road in Clinton Township Michigan 49032. Everyone is welcome to come and partake and enjoy the spirit of upliftment and African Unity. We hope to see you there. Ashe!


In The Tradition and Mayflower Congregational Church presents in Kwanzaa celebration for the entire family Friday December 30th 2016 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. . We will be celebrating Nia ("Purpose " in Kiswahili) the fifth principle of Kwanzaa on the fifth day of Kwanzaa. There will be African food and clothing vendors, Poetry and music provided by In The Tradition. Mayflower Congregational Church is located at 7301 Curtis Street Detroit Michigan 48221. Donations are accepted.


We are proud to announce to our friends, family and fans that In The Tradition has been nominated for the 2016 Black Power Music Award. The celebration will take place in Atlanta Georgia in November of 2016. We are humbled and honored to be nominated for such a beautiful and prestigious award. We'll see you in Atlanta. Ashe!


Juneteenth Celebration

To friends and fans of IN THE TRADITION in the Western Michigan area we ask that you come and join IN THE TRADITION as we celebrate the commemoration of Juneteenth in Holland, Michigan on Tuesday, June 14th 2016 at the Holland Michigan Juneteenth Festival which is sponsored by the African American Awareness and Development Organization. Juneteenth is a holiday that commemorates the announcement of the abolition of "America's Peculiar Institution", chattel slavery. Join us at Kollen Park, 250 Kollen Dr., Holland, Michigan 49423.It begins at 7:45. It is a truly momentous occasion and we hope to see all of you there. For further information call 616-610-5146 or go to AAADO's website.

Jazz In The Park


"Grand Rapids, IN THE TRADITION is returning! Your support has been overwhelmingly warm and heartfelt. We will be performing at Jazz In The Park on June 20th 2016. The event will be held at An-Nab-Awen Park and is being sponsored by the West Michigan Jazz Society, whom we offer our sincere gratitude for inviting us to this prestigious event. An-Nab-Awen Park is located at 303 Pearl Street NW, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Will be performing from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. We're honored to be with you again. See you there!"


The Band

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And, Introducing- The SANKOFA HORNS!


The Music

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SIRIUS is our latest release on the AFJ label. Its been well received in the Jazz world. All around the world SIRIUS has opened up to rave reviews.


Released in 2009, The Tradition Continues showcases the unique writing style of Olujimi Tafataona Every track highlights the fused combination of Afrikan rhythms, the syncopation of Bee-Bop and Jazz. Enjoy!


From the language of Swahili comes FIKIRA, which translates to "thought, the state or condition of thinking". FIKIRA features compositions written for the consious mind. Come along on a journey to fill your body and soul with FIKIRA!

In The Tradition TV, Radio & Print Interviews

Learn About our Team & Culture.

NU-DAY Interview

On July 15, 2014, Olujimi Tafataona was interviewed on the blogtalk radio program "NU DAY" by Empress Phile Chionesu. The subject of discussion was the influence of John Coltrane and the spiritual aspects of his music. To listen, click the above picture.

Jazz Network Worldwide Interview

Chet White from the internet radio station, The Jazz Network Worldwide, interviews In The Tradition. Click the picture to listen.

Interview with Imari Akua Jendayi

On Oct. 21, 2016 Maxine Michaels, renowned jazz deejay for radio station WRCJ interviewed Imari Akua Jendayi of In The Tradition and the Detroit Ladies of Jazz.

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Origins of Jazz Interview (and more!)

Interview with Olujimi at The Origins of Jazz Explored at Pine Bluff, AK Arts Center.

Click the picture above to read print reviews.
**READ review of In The Tradition’s December 5th 2014 Appearance at Mayflower Congregational Church’s Mayflower Jazz Series.
CLICK HERE to listen to the April 2015 interview on Blogtalk Radio with In The Tradition band leader OLUJIMI TAFATAONA.
CLICK HERE to view our video perfomances

Contact Us

We’re currently working on new projects. We look forward to hearing from you.

Contact Details

  • olujimi@inthetraditionjazz.net
  • Olujimi Tafataona - 313-918-7174 or 313-926-1747

  • In the Tradition and AFJ Records are based in Detroit, MI. If you would like us to perform or host your event, please contact us via the email form, or the phone number listed above. If you're sending email please allow us 24 to 48 hours to respond to your requests. Thank You for visiting with...

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