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Savion Glover & Jack DeJohnette

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

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For the final two nights of Glover's four-night residency, the tap dancing great performs alongside NEA Jazz Master and one of the greatest living drummers in the world, Jack DeJohnette.

This longstanding duet pairs two of the world’s great living rhythm specialists in an inspiring musical dialogue. Savion Glover revisits his partnership with drummer and 2012 NEA Jazz Master Jack DeJohnette, celebrated for work with Miles Davis’s Bitches Brew band, the Keith Jarrett Standards Trio, Charles Lloyd, the Gateway Trio with Dave Holland and John Abercrombie, and his own Special Edition project. DeJohnette currently leads a GRAMMY-winning trio with saxophonist Ravi Coltrane and bassist Matthew Garrison, and performs with Hudson, featuring John Scofield, John Medeski, and Larry Grenadier. Called “one of the finest living jazz drummers, a limber musical thinker and technical dynamo” by the Los Angeles Times, DeJohnette is the perfect rhythmic foil for Glover.

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
He can fill a room with sound while barely moving, or create intricate rhythms without breaking a sweat. You watch and wonder exactly how he does it.
— New York Post on Jack DeJohnette
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