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Savion Glover & Marcus Gilmore

  • SFJazz Miner Auditorium 201 Franklin Street San Francisco, CA, 94102 United States (map)

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A supreme meeting of rhythm masters in this inspired duet. The Tony Award-winning Savion Glover, an artist called “the greatest tap virtuoso of our time, perhaps of all time” (Variety), joins forces drummer Marcus Gilmore, an heir to jazz royalty as the grandson of iconic drummer Roy Haynes and a dynamic musician known widely for his work with Vijay Iyer, Chick Corea, Nicholas Payton, Steve Coleman, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, and Ravi Coltrane. Gilmore’s ongoing work as part of Iyer’s incisive and award-laden trio, which blends slippery rhythmic sophistication with virtuoso contrasts in dynamics and texture, is the ultimate preparation to work with Glover, where rhythm and melody converge.

Beginning as a prodigious student of the great Honi Coles and the late Gregory Hines, who called him “possibly the best tap dancer that ever lived,” Savion Glover has been boldly breaking new ground for 25 years. Only 12 when he appeared on Broadway in The Tap Dance Kid, Glover made his film debut alongside Hines and Sammy Davis Jr. in 1989’s Tap. He received a 1992 Drama Desk nomination for his appearance in Jelly’s Last Jam on Broadway, and became a cultural phenomenon in 1996 when George C. Wolfe showcased his dazzling rhythmic dexterity in Bring in 'Da Noise/Bring in 'Da Funk (which earned Glover a Tony Award for Best Choreography). There are precious few artists who embody, redefine, and radically expand their art form, but Glover stands tall as an elemental creative force who has returned tap to its roots while opening up vast expanses for fresh exploration.

To see Mr. Glover dance is to see a virtuosic and authentic artist at work.
— The New York Times
drummer extraordinaire
— Revive Music on Marcus Gilmore
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