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Charlie Parker Jazz Festival Celebrates 25 years
Jason Samuels Smith's Chasin' The Bird Remixed
Marcus Garvey Park -- Aug 1, 2017 --

Thursday, August 24, 2017

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Marcus Garvey Park

124th St. and Fifth Ave., Manhattan

Emmy award-winning tap dance virtuoso and Broadway veterans perform segments celebrating Parker’s Donna Lee and Salt Peanuts

Featuring: Jason Samuels Smith, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards and Derick K. Grant with musical direction by Igmar Thomas and special guest, Craig “muMs” Smith.


Jason Samuels Smith is New York City’s very own Emmy-winning, tap dance authority. A highly commended choreographer, performer and humanitarian, Smith has been dancing and spreading joy his whole life. He has accumulated a long list of honors and dance distinctions, including awards from Dance Magazine, American Choreography, and the highly respected Gregory Hines Humanitarian Award. He’s choreographed for television and other media outlets, such as Outkast’s Idlewild, and the hugely popular shows So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing with the Stars. Smith has razzle-dazzled Broadway audiences with his rapid-fire footwork in Bring in Da’ Noise, Bring in Da’ Funk, and starred in another major all-tap revue, Imagine Tap!, as well as played the leading role in Debbie Allen’s breathtaking film Soul Possessed and Dean Hargrove’s award-winning short Tap Heat. JSS continues to astound and amaze spectators all over the world with his solo performances, as well as those with his skilled company. A truly altruistic individual, Smith uses his tap talent and celebrity to actively support many charitable organizations, including Dancers Responding to Aids, Tied to Greatness, Career Transitions for Dancers, Tap Into A Cure, Groove with Me, Move the World and more.