Rhythm & Blues & Shoes takes a leap into bebop, blues and tap dance from 1945 into the mid-1960s. Bebop drummers like Kenny Clarke, Philly Joe Jones and Art Blakey, (many of whom started out tap dancing), took inspiration for many of their complex licks and riffs from hoofers. As jazz and specifically, jazz drumming, got more complicated, tap dancers found ways to innovate their own music and continue the conversation of jazz and tap dance. This concert features some music by Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Lee Morgan, Horace Silver, McCoy Tyner and original compositions by Pamela Hetherington.
Choreography and direction: Pamela Hetherington Music director: Jonathan Katz Performed by: Take It Away Dance Accompaniment by the Jonathan Katz Quartet (Jonathan Katz-saxophone, James Santangelo-piano, Nicholas Krolak-bass, Gusten Rudolph-drums).
Take It Away Dance at The Barnes Foundation
Sunday, April 2
Choreography, arrangements and direction by: Pamela Hetherington Music direction: Jon Katz