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FRANKFORT — Multi-instrumentalist, producer and Kentucky State University (KSU) graduate Tadric Jermaine’s “MMIII” (2003) has moved up on Billboard’s Traditional Jazz Albums chart to No. 9. Jermaine’s debut album was released on April 28. The album is described as “R&B infused with hip-hop sounds, mellowed-out instrumentation, mixed with the ingenious dreams of multi-instrumentalist Tadric Jermaine.”

“I play a lot of different instruments, so my sound is more live-instrument heavy,” Jermaine said.

Between lessons and self-training, Jermaine eventually became adept at piano, saxophone, bass, guitar, and other instruments. By his teenage years, he was already performing and composing professionally, playing at area churches, wedding receptions, and arranging pieces for bands.

In 2008, Jermaine graduated from KSU with a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science. He was a member of The Mighty Marching Thorobreds and symphonic and jazz bands.


Kentucky State University, building on its legacy of achievement as a historically black, liberal arts, and 1890 Land Grant University affords access to and prepares a diverse population of traditional and non-traditional students through high-quality undergraduate and select graduate programs. Located in Kentucky, KSU offers associate (two-year) degrees in two disciplines, baccalaureate (four-year) degrees in 24 disciplines, master’s degrees in eight disciplines, and one advanced practice doctorate in Nursing. KSU has 129 full-time instructional faculty members and more than 2,000 students.