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Apr 11, 2010

IN THIS ISSUE:

*DRP ARTISTS*
-War Peace: The One Drop Rule featuring Jason Samuels Smith
-Thank You, Gregory Upcoming Tour Dates
- MASTER CLASS IN LOS ANGELES W/ CHLOE ARNOLD!
- World Music/CRASHarts presents: India Jazz Suites
- THE 2010 CHOREOGRAPHER'S CANVAS
-Rhythm World 2010 – Artist In Residence, Jason Samuels Smith
-The Harlem Tap Studio Class Schedule
-Swing Dance at the Cotton Club
-Int/Adv class with Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards
-Jazz Dance Class-Sue Samuels

*EAST COAST*
-SOUND CHECK
-Ain't Misbehavin' & More: Fats Waller Festival: April 16-17!
- MEMORIAL TRIBUTE FOR RICHARD JENNINGS - SATURDAY, APRIL 17, 2010, FROM 6 P.M. AT SAINT PETER’S CHURCH
-Flushing Town Hall's Annual Gala on Thursday April 22, 2010
-April 17: GRANDMASTER CAZ's All Star CELEBRITY ROAST & 50


*MIDWEST*
- The M.A.D.D. Rhythms Tap Academy Satellite classes at Latin Street Dancing


*WEST COAST*
-See World-Wide News Updates & Events

*WORLD-WIDE*
- Top Rock City Upcoming Tour Dates w/ Mr. Wiggles & Ynot
-Rhythm Summit by Tapmotif

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*DRP ARTISTS *
NEWS UPDATES & EVENTS
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War Peace: The One Drop Rule featuring Jason Samuels Smith!
War Peace: The One Drop Rule, a youth driven hip hop theater piece that imagines the Bay Area as a potential war zone in a time of protracted drought. Directed by Marc Bamuthi Joseph, War Peace is collaboratively written and performed by Chinaka Hodge, Rafael Casal, Daveed Diggs, and Nico Cary with choreography by Emmy Award winning tap dancer Jason Samuels Smith.
Click here for an interview with the director and an excerpt from the performance:http://www.vimeo.com/8851307
Video credit: Eli Jacobs Fantauzzi and Clenched Fist Productions
The Living Word Project (LWP) creates verse-based work that is spoken through the body, illustrated by visual and sonic scores, and in communication with the important social issues and movements of the immediate moment.
LWP is the theater's connection from Shakespeare's quill to Kool Herc's turntables; from Martha Graham's cupped hand to Nelson Mandela's clenched fist: a new voice for a new politic. The Repertory Works of the LWP premiere at either the Living Word Festival or the Hip Hop Theater Festival Bay Area, then tour nationally and internationally year round, and are presented before audiences numbering over 100,000.
Friday, April 16, 8pm??? & Saturday, April 17, 8pm
Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA
$10 students, $15 CAC members, $20 general admission?
CAC box office: 504.528.3800
http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=1176445&pl=cac

This project is made possible in part by support from the National Performance Network (NPN) Performance Residency Program. For more information:www.npnweb.org.
WAR PEACE: The One Drop Rule is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund Project co-commissioned by Youth Speaks in partnership with Contemporary Art Center New Orleans, Hip Hop Theatre Festival and NPN. For more information: www.npnweb.org.

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Thank You, Gregory

A Tribute to the Legends of Tap

Upcoming Tour Dates

April 16, 2010 Delaware Valley Arts Center Frazer, PA

For more information: http://www.thankyougregory.com

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MASTER CLASS IN LOS ANGELES W/ CHLOE ARNOLD!

Tuesday, April 20th Int./Adv. - 7:30 - 9:00 PM

$20


All ages are welcome!

Debbie Allen Dance Academy
3791 Santa Rosalia Drive Los Angeles, CA 90008

Space is limited!

Please RSVP to sillar.mgmt@gmail.com

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World Music/CRASHarts presents:

PANDIT CHITRESH DAS & JASON SAMUELS SMITH
Performing the Boston premiere of
India Jazz Suites: Kathak Meets Tap

With world class musicians:
Abhijit Banerjee, Tabla
Jayanta Banerjee, Sitar
Debashis Sarkar, Vocal
Theo Hill, Piano
Sameer Gupta, Kit Drums
Aaron James, Bass

Friday, April 30, 7:30 PM
Saturday, May 01, 8:00 PM
Sunday, May 02, 3:00 PM
Institute of Contemporary Art
100 Northern Ave
Boston, 02210
$40.00

India Jazz Suites is an explosive collaboration between Pandit Chitresh Das, one of India’s foremost Kathak masters, and Jason Samuels Smith, the Emmy Award–winning tap dancer renowned for hisamazing footwork in Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk. Indian classical musicians and a stellar jazz trio perform live to complete this powerful artistic exchange. The result is high entertainment that crosses all boundaries of age and culture—a blast of incredible speed and power, grace and beauty, epic storytelling and the pure joy of dance.

Free preperformance talk with dance critic Debra Cash, 45 minutes prior to each performance.

Free postperformance Q&A: Friday, April 30.

For ticketing information please call (617) 876-4275 or visit http://worldmusic.org


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THE 2010 CHOREOGRAPHER'S CANVAS
www.choreographerscanvas.com Sue Samuels' Dance Company JAZZ ROOTS DANCE to appear

WEDNESDAY, MAY 5TH, 2010 - 8PM
at the MANHATTAN MOVEMENT & ARTS CENTER

The Group Theatre Too presents its third annual Choreographer's Canvas, a one-night event featuring the works of over fifteen cutting-edge New York choreographers. See new and traditional styles of choreography including, tap, ballet, theatre dance, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary and even aerial dance. Experience New York's established and emerging choreographers in this uplifting mosaic evening of music and movement.

Choreographers include: Kyla Barkin, Michael Blevins, Justin Boccitto, Bob Boross, Jessica Chen, Dana Fisch, Bobby Hedglin-Taylor, The Manhattan Youth Ballet, The New York Theatre Ballet, Katrina Phillip, Jonathan Riedel, Sue Samuels, Tracie Stanfield, Michael Susten, Kate Swan, Dawne Swearingen and Jennifer Turey.

The Canvas performs for one-evening on Wednesday, May 5th, 8pm at the Manhattan Movement & Arts Center, 248 West 60th Street.

Purchase tickets by calling 212-567-1535.
$20 Pre-Purchased, $22 At The Door.
Visa/Mastercard accepted over the phone.
www.choreographerscanvas.com


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We're Turning Twenty so it's going to be a PARTY!

RHTYHM WORLD is the oldest and most comprehensive festival of American tap and contemporary percussive arts in the world. RHYTHM WORLD features an extraordinary master faculty of 24 teachers and two weeks of performance, education and community outreach programs including free public performances at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, tap jams at the Chicago Cultural Center’s Claudia Cassidy Theater, student showcases, panel discussions and extraordinary faculty concerts at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.


Rhythm World 2010 Faculty includes:

2010 JUBA! Award Winners
Sam Weber
Dianne Walker
Gene Medler

CHRP's 2010 Artist in Residence
Jason Samuels Smith

Plus...
Lane Alexander
Fernando Barba of Barbatuques
Bril Barrett
Bruno Buarque of Barbatuques
Julie Cartier
Ayodele Casel
Michelle Dorrance
Martin "Tre" Dumas
Jay Fagan
Derick Grant
Jason Janas
Cheryl Johnson & Anthony Peters
Idella Reed Davis
Sarah Savelli
Jakari Sherman of Step Afrika!
Billy Siegenfeld
Randy Skinner
Jumaane Taylor
Lukas Weiss
Mark Yonally

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THE HARLEM TAP STUDIO
*Class Schedule*
When:
Tuesdays:
1:00-2:00 PM
7:00-8:10 PM
Thurs-Friday:
6:00-7:00 PM
8:00-9:15 PM
Saturday:
12:00-1:00 PM
2:00-3:15 PM

Where: Harlem Tap (W 149th Street, NYC)


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SWING NIGHT AT THE COTTON CLUB

With Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards and Omar Edwards

*Live Jazz Band*

When: Monday nights @ 9:45PM

Where: The Cotton Club (W 125th and Riverside)

Cost: $20

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INT/ADV TAP CLASS

With Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards

When: Every Thursday from 6:00-7:30PM

Where: Harlem Tap (W 149th, NYC)

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Jazz Dance Class-Sue Samuels

Monday 10:30 Beginner @ Broadway Dance Center

7:30 Basic @ Ailey

Tuesday 9:30 Adv/Beg @ 300 W. 43rd St. @ 8th Ave. 3rd floor (NEW)

1:30 Basic @ BDC

6 pm Beg @ Ailey

Wednesday 10:30 Beg @ BDC

Thursday 9:30 Adv/Beg @ 300 W. 43rd St (NEW)

1:30 Basic @ BDC

Friday 10:30 Beginner @ BDC

7:45 pm Beginner @ BDC

Saturday 4 pm Intermediate @ Ailey

Sunday 10:30 Beginner @ BDC

I look forward to seeing you there,

Love,

Sue Samuels

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*EAST COAST *
NEWS UPDATES & EVENTS
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Sound Check
A Tap Dance Journey
starring
Brenda Bufalino & Tony Waag

APRIL 14 - 18, 2010?Dance Theater Workshop
219 West 19th Street
Executive Producer
Tony Waag

Associate Producers
Hjordis Linn-Blanford & Tony Mayes

Written & Staged by
Brenda Bufalino
Directed by
Brenda Bufalino & Tony Waag

Musical Direction by
Bernice "Boom Boom" Brooks
Original Music Written by
Brenda Bufalino & Jonny Peiffer

Tony Waag brings the incredible musical feet of an eclectic cast together in this unique fusion of percussive dance and classic musical theater through a dynamic and whimsical composition blending music, percussion, text, imagery, improvisation, and choreography. Woven throughout the piece are excerpts from "The Last Rehearsal Hall" a new musical written by Brenda Bufalino that celebrates Tap, Middle Eastern, and Flamenco Dance and how their practice joins together as they share the rooms of their beloved yet broken down rehearsal hall.
Cast includes: The "New" American Tap Dance Orchestra (recreated in 2009 to preserve classic ATDO repertory including Warren Craft, Shelby Kaufman, Tamii Sakurai, Danny Wallace & Xander Weinman), Brenda Bufalino (ATDF Artistic Mentor & trailblazer of the Tap Renaissance), Tap Legend Harold Cromer (known as "Stumpy" from the celebrated two man comedy act of "Stump and Stumpy"), Barbara Duffy, & Company (an all female tap ensemble including Barbara Duffy, Cintia Chamecki, Chikako Iwahori & Monifa Kincaid), Ranya Renée (Middle Eastern dancer) Aurora Reyes (Flamenco Latino), Tony Waag (ATDF Artistic Director) and Cartier Williams (Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk).
Bernice Brooks (on drums), Cameron Brown (on bass), Basilio Georges (on guitar), Jonny Peiffer (on piano) & Charlie Tokarz (on reeds).
Performance Dates:
Wednesday, April 14 (8pm)?Thursday, April 15 (8pm)
Friday, April 16 (8pm)
Saturday, April 17 (2pm & 8pm)
Sunday, April 18 (2pm)
For Tickets visit: www.dancetheaterworkshop.org/americantap
SPECIAL PRE-PERFORMANCE TOAST/FUNDRAISER
April 15 at 7pm
For Pre-Performance Event tickets contact ATDF (646) 230-9564
Or visit: Sound Check Event/NYCharities=================================
Fats Waller Festival! Come celebrate the spirit and music of one of America's most talented pianists and composers.


The Music of Fats Waller
April 16-17, 8pm, Rose Theater
Tickets Starting at $30
BUY TICKETS NOW
Broadway entertainer Ben Vereen will serve as host for the event as well as perform. Fats Waller's spirit lives on through a talented cast, under the musical direction of saxophonist Andy Farber, who will re-animate favorites like "Ain't Misbehavin'," "Alligator Crawl," and "Honeysuckle Rose." Performers include pianist Ehud Asherie, bassist Ben Wolfe, guitarist Doug Wamble, drummer Alvester Garnett, clarinetist and saxophonist Dan Block, vocalists Carla Cook and Allan Harris, and trumpeter Jon-Erik Kellso.
Free Pre-Concert Discussion, Nightly, 7pm

Fats Waller: A Handful of Keys
April 16-17, 7:30pm & 9:30pm, The Allen Room
Tickets Starting at $55
BUY TICKETS NOW

Thomas 'Fats' Waller's contribution to jazz was three-fold: he was the most ingenious of all stride pianists, he was an exceptional composer, and he was an astoundingly gifted entertainer, with a fantastic voice and an unrelenting sense of humor. Veteran masters of stride piano, Dick Hyman, Judy Carmichael, and Marcus Roberts, will reinterpret the Fats Waller Songbook, including favorites like "Honeysuckle Rose."

Free Pre-Concert Festival, Nightly, 6:30pm
Featuring live music, food, beverages, and displays from partners including Harlem Brewery, Great Performances and Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Spoonbread, the Harlem Arts Alliance, and the Jazz Record Center.

These events are part of the Lincoln Center 50th Anniversary celebration.

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MEMORIAL TRIBUTE FOR RICHARD JENNINGS - SATURDAY, APRIL 17, 2010, FROM 6 P.M. AT SAINT PETER’S CHURCH

Dear Friends,

Sandy Jordan and Pat Vingo just sent me the following information about the wonderful tribute being given for Richard Jennings:


RICHARD JENNINGS MEMORIAL SERVICE
Our friend and devoted jazz advocate, Mr. Richard Jennings, passed away on Thursday, 18 February 2010. A memorial tribute will be held on Saturday, April 17th at 6:00 pm, Saint Peter's Church, 54th St. and Lexington Ave. Among the many musicians performing will be Randy Weston, Barry Harris, Ruth Brisbane, Junior Mance, Bill Saxton, Rene McLean, Patience Higgins, Bob Cunningham, Larry Ridley, Jackie Williams and Leroy Williams.


A massive outpouring of music, love and respect from musicians and friends will show how much he was loved by the jazz community. Richard, a long-time friend, volunteered for everything; he was always willing to help; he lent his strength and smarts to every jazz committee; and he donated money when needed. I first met him through Pat as the producer of jazz activities at the United Nations Jazz Society, which he had organized back in 1959. He was so serious about sharing his love of the music; he did so much to increase awareness and appreciation of this music he loved! Those of you who came to my birthday parties will remember him as that handsome gentle and friendly man who sat between Pat Vingo and Katherine Cox at the Welcoming Table, every year! Those who came to Saint Peter’s Church’s All Nite Soul will remember him as the one who sat at the Musicians’ Table, calmly greeting and directing the musicians to where they should go, every year! He supported every jazz event, and was a member and volunteer of every jazz organization. Musicians and the jazz community will miss him enormously.

Please join his many many friends at Saint Peter’s Church on Saturday, April 17, from 6 p.m. to celebrate his rich full life.

Love,
Cobi Narita
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Flushing Town Hall
Annual Gala 2010
Thursday, April 22nd, 2010 @ 6PM

Honoring
Hon. John Liu, New York City Comptroller
Clyde C. Bullard, Flushing Council Jazz Producer
Jim Henson Foundation, Cheryl Henson, President
Michelle Miao, Mayor's Office, New York City

Located in the most culturally diverse county in the nation, Flushing Town Hall is truly a "crossroads." Come celebrate the Magic of our diversity, our arts and our community. A mosaic of entertainment and cuisines awaits you.

IN THE GALLERY
Cocktail reception and hors d'oeuvres

IN THE THEATER
Gala Program, Awards and Entertainment

International Food Tasting featuring:
Ah Rhee Soo (Korean & Japanese)
Mulan (Modern Chinese)
Bourbon Street (American/Cajun)
Cascon Baking Company
Deluge at Sheraton LaGuardia East (international cuisine)
Kane's Diner (classic diner fare)
London Lennie's Seafood Restaurant
Long Island City High School's Culinary Students
Mellie's (dim sum and seafood)
and more

RSVP by April 12, 2010
For RSVP or more information, please call (718) 463-7700 x229

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"Peace! Our favorite GrandMaster is celebrating his 50th B-Day with a Grand Roast on Saturday, April 17th from 10pm-4am at 880D River Ave Boogie Down Bronx. Join Hip Hop Royalty for Performances, Toasting and Roasting! $30 in advance: call http://www.facebook.com/l/6f244;347.219.8712".

Event: April 17: GRANDMASTER CAZ's All Star CELEBRITY ROAST & 50th BIRTHDAY PARTY
What: Night of Mayhem
Start Time: Saturday, April 17 at 10:00pm
End Time: Sunday, April 18 at 4:00am
Where: feat. Melle Mel, Ice T, Busy Bee, Red Alert, JDL, Whipper Whip + @ 880D River Ave. Bronx NY 10459
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*MIDWEST *
NEWS UPDATES & EVENTS
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The M.A.D.D. Rhythms Tap Academy Satellite classes at Latin Street Dancing

215 W. Ontario
Chicago, IL. 60654

Registration is ongoing throughout the first 3 weeks of classes
Online registration is available as well

12 week Spring Session April 9 – June 25 – Fridays Only

DAY TIME INSTRUCTOR LEVEL FEE AGES
Friday 6:00pm – 7:00pm Bril Beginner $150 All Ages
Friday 7:00pm – 8:00pm Bril Intermediate $150 All Ages
Friday 8:00pm – 9:00pm Bril Advanced $150 All Ages

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*WEST COAST *
NEWS UPDATES & EVENTS
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See World-Wide News Updates & Events

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*WORLD-WIDE *
NEWS UPDATES & EVENTS
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Top Rock City Upcoming Tour Dates w/ Mr. Wiggles & Ynot

Mr Wiggles in Taiwan
(Taipei and Tai-Chung)
April 8 - 18
Event: Doobiest
Teaching: Poppin, Rockin, Toprock
Judge: Poppin and Top Rock
Performance: yes!

Click here for more info...

Ynot in Moscow
April 10-12
Event: "TBA"
Teaching: Toprock, BBoyin
Judge: TBA
Performance:TBA!

ynot@funkmail.net

Ynot in Belgium, Bruxelles
April 17-18
Event: "Sous Pression 2010"
Teaching: Toprock, BBoyin
Judge: Top Rock
Performance: yes!

Ynot in the UK
April 20-26
Event: "TBA"
Teaching: Toprock, BBoyin
Judge: TBA
Performance:TBA!

ynot@funkmail.net

Ynot and Mr Wiggles in Norway
June 23-30
Event: Summer Dance Camp
Teaching: Poppin, Toprock, BBoyin

Ynot and Mr Wiggles in Korea
July 3 - 4
Event: UR16
Teaching: Poppin, Rockin, Toprock, Footwork
Performance: TRC Showcase
Judge: Poppin and TRC Battle

Mr Wiggles in Italy
July 12 - 18
Event: Street Fighters
Teaching: Poppin, Rockin, Toprock
Judge: Poppin


Ynot and Mr Wiggles in Germany July 31 - August 5
Event: Underground Dance Camp
Teaching: Poppin, Rockin, Toprock, Footwork
Performance: Poppin and Top Rock


Mr Wiggles in Germany
September 4
Event:The Jump
Teaching: Poppin, Rockin, Toprock
Judge: Battle
Performance: Poppin and Top Rock

Ynot and Mr Wiggles in Switzerland
October 1 - 10
Event:Style is King
Teaching: Poppin, Rockin, Toprock, Bboyin
Judge: TRC
Panel Discussion



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Rhythm Summit by Tapmotif

CHECK OUT THE DETAILED SCHEDULE OF THE SUMMIT

Disciplines covered: Percussion, Bass, Tap Dance, Body Percussion, Piano, maybe more...
Music styles covered: Balkan, Greek and Middle Eastern, Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, Jazz
Register at http://www.facebook.com/l/25539;www.tapmotif.net

30/6, FREE day

Morning - Cruise
Afternoon event:
Rhythm Crossroads: Introduction to Balkan music and odd meters

1/6-2/6, 2day classes:

9:45 - 10:00 WARM UP

10:00 - 11:30
1.The connection of rhythm and melody. What to hear, how to interact and phrase
2. Art in Time - Developing your time
3. Think JAZZ

11:30 - 13:00
1. Developing Music for Dance
2. Polyrhythms and division of the beat
3. Introduction to Brazilian & Afro Cuban Music

13:00 - 14:30 Lunch Break

14:30 - 16:00
"YOU ASK US" one session with all teachers along the theme:
Groove & Time"

Jam Sessions every night
Before jam session of day 2 of classes
Beyond Tradition: learn from local musicians and dancers and then explore the possibilities as a tool to enhance your creative voice

3/6 - 6/6, 4day project collaborations

10:00-11:00 Technique (Separate classes of each discipline)

11:00-13:30
1. Project 1
2. Project 2

13:30 - 14:30 Lunch Break

14:30-16:30
Project 3 - The Parade

Jam Sessions 3 nights

7/6 Performance

Faculty:
Heather Cornell (tap) Petros Kourtis (percussion) Max Pollak (tap, body percussion), Spyros Manesis (piano), Thanos Daskalopoulos (tap, body percussion) Petros Klambanis (bouble bass), maybe more....

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