Yorkville jazz fes­ti­val’s hottest ticket

Tap dancer Savion Glover teams up with drum­mer Mar­cus Gil­more for im­pro­vised per­for­mance

Richmond Hill Post - - Currents - by Macken­zie Pat­ter­son

Tony Award–win­ning dancer Savion Glover has been called a vir­tu­oso, a prodigy, a su­per­star, a liv­ing leg­end and “the Michael Jor­dan of Tap.” But he says he doesn’t put much stock in la­bels.

“I don’t nec­es­sar­ily pay at­ten­tion to those ad­jec­tives, if you will,” he says.

Glover will be per­form­ing along­side ex­cit­ing young drum­mer Mar­cus Gil­more on June 26 at Ko­erner Hall as part of the Toronto Jazz Fes­ti­val. The two en­gag­ing and en­er­getic artists play off one another, cre­at­ing an in­stru­men­tal di­a­logue that is be­yond com­pare.

Glover, who has breathed new life into the art of tap danc­ing with his modern style, first learned of his pas­sion for mu­sic and rhythm through drum­ming lessons as a child grow­ing up in Ne­wark, N. J.

“I started off as a drum­mer. I got into drum­ming when I was like five years old. My mother signed me up for lo­cal mu­sic school. We all went there for lessons or the­ory or to study some type of in­stru­ment, and that’s where that started,” he says.

He later ven­tured into tap danc­ing. At first, Glover thought of tap as just another re­cre­ational pas­time, but he soon learned that his love for the art form went much deeper than he had ever an­tic­i­pated.

“At first, I guess it was just some­thing to do,” he says. “It wasn’t un­til I met the masters, as they’re re­ferred to, Jimmy Slyde, Gre­gory Hines, these peo­ple sort of changed my life. Not sort of, but changed my life and gave me a why and a rea­son to tap dance. I guess that was the turn­ing point, when I met these men.”

Glover’s ca­reer as an artist be­gan with a star­ring role in the Broad­way mu­si­cal The Tap Dance

Kid when he was just 11. But he is per­haps best known for the 1996 Tony Award–nom­i­nated mu­si­cal Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da

Funk, which re­ally in­tro­duced Glover to the world. He also ap­peared in the film

Tap, star­ring two other tap leg­ends — Hines and Sammy Davis Jr.

As a for­mer pro­tege him­self, Glover says pass­ing the tra­di­tion of dance on to younger gen­er­a­tions is one of his main pri­or­i­ties as an artist.

He founded the Savion Glover School of Dance and hopes to en­cour­age young artists just as he was en­cour­aged.

“It’s very im­por­tant to me be­cause this is what was taught and given to me,” he says. “We strengthen the mind and en­cour­age the spirit. This is how I was raised and this is what I con­tinue to do through the school.”

L–R: Savion Glover im­pro­vises with drum­mer Mar­cus Gil­more

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