Tap Dance Legend Savion Glover Teams up with Jazz Musician Jack DeJohnette

Savion Glover
Savion Glover, Photo by Lois Greenfield

*(Los Angeles, CA) Get ready for an unforgettable Evening of Rhythm and Percussion! Award-winning tap dancing sensation Savion Glover and renowned jazz drummer Jack DeJohnette will blur the line between music and dance as they merge their brilliant talents into a surging rhythmic machine at Valley Performing Arts Center for one night only on Thursday on May 26 at 8:00pm. This not-to-be-missed performance promises to be a tour-de-force night of percussion and rhythm bursting with the full vibrational power exchanged between these two legends.

Joining Savion Glover and Jack DeJohnette onstage at VPAC is Marshall Davis, an impressive tap dancer in his own right who was a cast member of Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk and a Star Search champion.

Most recently, Savion Glover choreographed the Broadway musical, Shuffle Along, starring Audra McDonald and directed by George C. Wolfe, which opens April 28 at the Music Box Theatre.

George C. Wolfe said of Savion Glover, “I think what makes him an incredible artist is his extraordinary joy in what he does. He is able to live in that state of joy and not compromise his emotional complexity like the earlier tap dancers had to…He is as much a composer as he is a choreographer.”

Telegraph UK said of DeJohnette, “Jack DeJohnette’s drums rarely settle on a pulse, painting a sound-world in intricate floating patterns full of empty spaces, like points of light in a night sky.”

About Savion Glover
Award-winning tap dancer, choreographer, and actor Savion Glover is the epitome of a living legend. Born in 1973, the tapping marvel has graced the stage since childhood and made his Braodway debut in The Tap Dance Kid at the age of 10 years old. He set a record as the youngest person ever to receive a scholarship in the Newark Community School of the Arts.

Savion Glover developed his own dancing style he dubbed “free style hard core.” The Tony Award-winning dancer eventually worked with dancing greats Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis, Jr. Among his credits are starring roles in major motion pictures like Jelly’s Last Jam, a role for which he made history as the youngest ever recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant.

As a choreographer, Glover’s work has helped maintain tap dancing as an art form in the modern dance world. His starring role in the musical Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk, which he also choreographed, debuted on Broadway in 1996. The musical chronicles events in African-American history and brought Savion a Tony for best choreographer.

Glover was made known to the younger generation with recurring appearances on Sesame Street. He also holds the credit as the live captured dancing motion behind Mumble the penguin in the Disney film Happy Feet. Savion also served as co-choreographer for the film.

Glover’s quick steps and amazing rhythms continue to influence the lives of young people. His production company tours schools across the country, spreading enthusiasm for tap dancing and cementing his place in history.

About Jack DeJohnette
In a career that spans five decades and includes collaborations with some of the most iconic figures in modern jazz, NEA and Grammy winner Jack DeJohnette has established an unchallenged reputation as one of the greatest drummers in the history of the genre. The list of creative associations throughout his career is lengthy and diverse: John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman, Sonny Rollins, Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans, Stan Getz, Keith Jarrett, Chet Baker, George Benson, Stanley Turrentine, Herbie Hancock, Dave Holland, Joe Henderson, Freddy Hubbard, Betty Carter and so many more. Along the way, he has developed a versatility that allows room for hard bop, R&B, world music, avant-garde, and just about every other style to emerge in the past half-century.

Jack DeJohnette
Jack DeJohnette, Photo by Jim Brock Photography

Despite all the awards and accolades, though, DeJohnette continues to make the creative process his highest priority. To that end, his most recent recording is Sound Travels, a nine-song, genre-spanning album that includes Latin rhythms and West Indian energy, meditative pieces and straightahead jazz. Included in the long list of guest players is Esperanza Spalding, Bobby McFerrin, Bruce Hornsby and Jason Moran.

Tickets for An Evening with Savion Glover and Jack DeJohnette range from $35 – $65. Tickets can be purchased by visiting ValleyPerformingArtsCenter.org or calling (818) 677-3000. Valley Performing Arts Center is located on the campus of California State University, Northridge (CSUN), 18111 Nordhoff Street Northridge, CA 91330-8448, at the corner of Nordhoff and Lindley.

About Valley Performing Arts Center
Now in its Fifth Anniversary year, VPAC’s mission is to present a wide variety of performances that not only includes new and original work from the Los Angeles region, but also work from around the world that appeals to all of LA’s rich and diverse communities. The Valley Performing Arts Center’s 2015-16 Season signals a new era for the premiere event venue.

Under the leadership of Executive Director Thor Steingraber, VPAC expands its programming to include new and original work, and outstanding multi-disciplinary performances. Located on the campus of California State University Northridge, VPAC’s season offers a vibrant and diverse performance program of nearly 50 classical and popular music, dance, theater, family and international events that will serve to establish VPAC as the intellectual and cultural heart of the San Fernando Valley and further establish itself as one of the top arts companies in Southern California.

The award-winning 1,700-seat theatre was designed by HGA Architects and Engineers and was recently cited by the LA Times as “a growing hub for live music, dance, drama and other cultural events.

Calendar Listing for An Evening with Savion Glover and Jack DeJohnette

Valley Performing Arts Center
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330

Thursday, May 26 at 8:00pm

Price: $35 – $65
In Person: VPAC Ticket Office, located in the VPAC Courtyard
By Phone: (818) 677-3000
Online: ValleyPerformingArtsCenter.org

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