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The Destination is The Downbeat

  • Drummers 2152 East Norris Street Philadelphia, PA (map)

Just because you're not a _drummer_, doesn't mean that you don't have to _keep time_. -- Thelonious Monk

For our fifth anniversary concert, we are on the one.

The Destination is the Downbeat is a new concert work that considers the notion of 'keeping time' in jazz music. Time is a feeling; it is swing, groove and rhythmic feel - the essence of tap dancing itself. For tap dancers, how they play time in jazz music has everything to do with who they are as musicians and as human beings. Rhythm is intimately personal and music is the original DM (direct message). Pamela Hetherington's choreography explores the theme of keeping time across different types of jazz music, including blues, hard bop, free and post-bop. One new work will explore the music of legendary Philadelphia jazz musician, Bobby Timmons. The concert also leaps into the music of Oscar Peterson, Thelonious Monk, Christian McBride, Miles Davis and original compositions by Nicholas Krolak and Erica Mack.

The musical accompaniment is provided by piano-vocalist, Erica Corbo, (who is also the music director), trombonist, Paul Giess; bassist, Nicholas Krolak, drummer, Erica Mack, and vocalist, V. Shayne Frederick. Along with the musicians, there are seven tap dancers working in concert: Lauren Belasco, Alec Chupik, Rosie Marinelli, Khalil Munir, Morgan O'Shea, Kristin Potocki, and Vanetta Wood.

+Artistic direction and choreography: Pamela Hetherington

Two sets: 7:30 and 8:30 pm

Earlier Event: January 6
Stam-Pede at Symphony Space