Take It Away Dance presents
Rhythm & Blues & Shoes :An Evening of New Tap Dance Works and Live Music
Two shows: 5 and 8 pm***
Rittenhouse Soundworks, 219 West Rittenhouse Street, Philadelphia, PA (free parking lot next door)
Show length is 70 minutes, no intermission.
Artistic direction, choreography, original compositions and arrangements: Pamela Hetherington
Music direction: Jonathan Katz
Take It Away Dance: Pamela Hetherington, Lauren O'Shea, Rosie Marinelli
The Jonathan Katz Quartet: Jonathan Katz (saxophone), Nicholas Krolak (bass), Gusten Rudolph (drums), James Santangelo (piano)
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.