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The Big Band Tap Revue Preview

Saturday, November 01 2014, 3:30pm - 6:30pm
The Toronto Jazz Orchestra is teaming up with tap dancer Allison Toffan and some of Canada’s top tap talent for The Big Band Tap Revue – a project exploring big band and tap through the ages. A special sneak peek performance – the Revue Preview – takes place Saturday, November 1, 3:30-6:30 pm at The Rex Hotel. The Big Band Tap Revue is a co-creation of acclaimed tap dancer Allison Toffan and Toronto Jazz Orchestra Artistic Director Josh Grossman. Grossman had his eyes and ears opened to tap in new ways following a performance by M.A.D.D. Rhythms at the Detroit Jazz Festival. Shortly thereafter, Toffan launched the Toronto Rhythm Initiative, connecting tap dancers with live music. It didn’t take long for Grossman and Toffan to connect and exchange ideas; after an initial collaboration at The Rex Hotel in 2012, the idea for an expanded project was born. With the Big Band Tap Revue, Toffan and Grossman seek to dispel any preconceived notions still attached to their respective art forms. While the evolution of big band music is well documented, for many “big band” still means “swing era”; tap is almost always thought of in terms of ages gone by. For the Revue, repertoire will be chosen which explores the historical place and connection of the two art forms, while also demonstrating how far each has come: the evolution of big band music beyond a dance form; the integration of tap into core music making and soloing. The Revue Preview, November 1 at The Rex Hotel, will provide a taste of the larger project (to be presented December 7 at Lula Lounge). The 18-piece Toronto Jazz Orchestra will be joined by Allison Toffan and tap colleagues Danny Nielsen, Ryan Foley and Kylie Somerville; each ensemble will have a chance to solo, and they will perform several tunes together. Repertoire will range from classic swing to contemporary sounds. The Revue Preview runs 3:30-6:30 pm; there is no cover, but donations are appreciated. The Big Band Tap Revue Preview Saturday, November 1, 3:30-6:30 pm The Rex Hotel 194 Queen Street West No cover; donations appreciated
Location: The Rex Hotel, 194 Queen Street West
Contact: Josh Grossman - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it / 416-899-5299


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