News & Journal

Welcome to the news and journal section where snippets of my latest adventures can be found. In the sidebar you can find posts listed by Categories and Tags or use keywords in the search bar. There are all sorts of stories in here, from personal accounts of gigs to progress on projects.

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Review of Jazz in England

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I’m pleased to announce that I’m on the Advisory Panel for the Review of Jazz in England commissioned by the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group (APPJAG).
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Buddy Bradley: Choreographing British Film and Theatre

Buddy Bradley stage and screen

In the late 1920s and early 1930s, Buddy Bradley was coaching many stars of Broadway musicals, including Fred and Adele Astaire, Ruby Keeler, and Eleanor Powell. However despite being well known (and well paid) within show business he never received credit for choreographing a show with a white cast in America. In 1930 Buddy was invited to London to choreograph for Jessie Matthews’s show, Ever Green at the Aldephi Theatre for which he received his first choreographic credit. It was a great success for both Jessie and Buddy and in 1934 it was made into his first British musical film, Evergreen, launching him into the emerging English film industry. Buddy staged over thirty musical productions during the 1930s and choreographed a number of British musical films during his thirty-eight years in Britain.
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Remembering Bebop Jazz Hoofer Will Gaines

Tuesday 18 August 2020
7pm BST
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Tap Dance Research Network UK (TDRN UK)

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PUTTING TAP DANCE RESEARCH IN THE SPOTLIGHT

TDRN UK provides a space for researchers, artists, academics, and practitioners to share knowledge, information, and research around Tap Dance.

In May 2019 Jess Murray coordinated a ‘Tap Dance Research Symposium’ which led to the formation of the Tap Dance Research Network UK.

Our initial Steering team formed in May 2019 and included Jess Murray, Sally Crawford-Shepherd, Annette Walker, Trish Melton, Deborah Norris and Karen Wood with Junior Laniyan, Lee Payne and Nathan James joining in June 2020.

I’ve presented at TDRN UK Online Talk Series and on panels we’ve formed to present and discuss our individual research at conferences.

TDRN UK projects

Find out more at http://tdrnuk.com

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YolanDa’s Band Jam #39

Behind the scenes at YolanDa's Band Jam #39

Did you catch me in BBC’s YolanDa’s Band Jam #39 (series 2, episode 19) first aired on CBeebies 14 March 2020? Look out for repeats on BBC iPlayer. (UK)
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The Rezidents

The Rezidents

I’ve been going to a regular Tomorrow’s Warriors jam session run by artistic director Gary Crosby OBE, since we met in 2017 (on the panel of An Evening of Jazz – Dance and Music). The jam is for those of us that are “too old” to be “youth” musicians of the main organisation so we often joke that perhaps we should be called Yesterday’s Warriors!
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BBC Proms 2019: Duke Ellington’s Sacred Music

Exciting news: Tap dancing at the BBC Proms!

BBC PROMS PRESENTS Prom 54: Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concert
22:15 Thu 29 Aug 2019, Royal Albert Hall (Auditorium)
Broadcast on BBC FOUR Fri 6 Sept – available on BBC iPlayer for 30 days (UK)

Broadcast Live on BBC Radio 3. Available to listen for 30 days from 29 August 2019 (UK)

Broadcast on BBC Worldwide Service (listen on BBC Sounds)
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Jazz Verse Jukebox

Jazz Verse Jukebox February 2017

Jazz Verse Jukebox poster for 22/11/2017In February 2019 I was invited as a guest artist to Jumoké Fashola’s Jazz Verse Jukebox at Hoxton Hall (London, UK) and was thrilled to close a fabulous evening of poetry and jazz.
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Swinging at the Cotton Club

Swinging at the Cotton Club

‘Swinging at The Cotton Club’ is the action-packed show celebrating the music, dance, and songs of the Cotton Club – New York City’s legendary nightclub of the 1920s and ‘30s.

I joined the cast as a guest solo tap dancer back in 2016 and have performed in a number of shows up and down the UK including London’s Cadogan Hall in 2017 and 2019. I’m not in every show but keep an eye out on my social media for announcements of tour dates I’ll be joining.


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London Tap Jam

London Tap Jam

Tickets £10 on the door, £8 in advance through our partner DesignMyNight. Participating dancers and musicians pay £6 on the door. Doors open 7pm and the jam starts at 8pm. Tap dancers can join in the free Renegade Stage class at 7:15pm for an introduction to improvisation.

Hoofers, other dancers, musicians, singers and poets drop in to jam from all over the world.

The London Tap Jam takes place every other month, on the last Sunday, in Hoxton (London UK) at

Gigi’s Bar, 11 Hoxton Square, London, N1 6NU

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