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Rhythm and Blues and Shoes

  • Rittenhouse Soundworks 219 West Rittenhouse Street Philadelphia, PA, 19144 United States (map)

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)

Tickets $18/$20

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. 

***Featuring a special performance by The Philadelphia Community Tap Project (

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