I’ve seen a lot of the elegant and effervescent tap extraordinaire Tamango this month, beginning with his marvelous Open Tap Jam at The Kitchen on December 1, featuring musicians Kaoru Watanabe on flute and fue, drummer Pheeroan Aklaff, bassist Francis Mbappe and pianist Theo Hill.
The tap dancers joining Tamango on stage, described the evening as magical. Many had performed with him in different shows around the world. It was a special evening for the artists and the audience.
I caught up with Tamango at Village Guereje in Brooklyn during the Kaoru Watanabe Taiko Winter Solstice Concert on December 21, where he was performing as a special guest artist with Kaoru Watanabe on shimedaiko, then with drummer Will Calhoun of Living Colour.
You can join in on Tamango’s Urban Tap Jam on January 8, 2009 where he’ll host an evening at Drom, 85 Avenue A in the East Village of New York at 8pm, with Kaoru Watanabe on flutes, Daniel Moreno on percussion, Fabio Morgera on trumpet, DJ Belinda Becker.
Roxane Butterfly, Rod Ferrone and very special tap guest Tina Pratt round out the tap crew.
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online http://dromnyc.com/home/index.php. For reservations call 212-77-1157. There is a two drink minimum or $20 order per performance (in addition to ticket price). Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis for all shows without a table reservation. All shows are 18+ with user ID until 11pm and 21+ with user ID after 11pm.
85 Avenue A
New York, NY
Click below for excerpts of Tamango’s Urban Tap Jam at The Kitchen
For more information on Tamango click on urbantap.net
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