Power Center For The Performing Arts Ann Arbor, Michigan
THE UNIVERSITY MUSICAL SOCIETY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
1,000 Years of Jazz
THE LEGENDS OF JAZZ
Herbert Permillion, Trumpet Walter Lewis, Piano and Vocals
Floyd Turnham, Clarinet and Tenor Sax Benny Booker, String Bass
Clyde Bernhardt, Trombone and Vocals Barry Martyn, Drums and Vocals
THE ORIGINAL HOOFERS
Lon Chaney George Hillman
Ralph Brown Bernard Manners
and DEBORAH WOODSON, Vocalist
Saturday Evening, July 20, 1985, at 8:00
Power Center for the Performing Arts
Ann Arbor, Michigan
The Legends of Jazz under the direction of Barry Martyn
The Original Hoofers
under the direction of "Isiah" Lon Chaney, in order of appearance: Lon Chaney Ralph Brown George Hillman Bernard Manners
The Legends of Jazz
The Original Hoofers: The Challenge The Company
This program is made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
A New Orleans Revue!
Some of the musicians in The Legends of Jazz started performing in New Orleans more than sixty years ago when it all began. Some of The Original Hoofers were tapping forty years ago in Harlem's Cotton Club. Tlieir combined years on stage approach 1,000 years. What could be more natural than combining the inimitable talents of these unique artists! Add Deborah Woodson, a re?incarnation of the Twenties' Flapper period, and presto -a New Orleans Revue!
The music and songs on this evening's program will be selected from the following:
St. Louis Blues
Tonight's the Night
Down by the Riverside
Let's Go Tap Dancin'
April in Paris
I've Got Rhythm
Red River Blues
Bugle Call Rag
Hi Ho Silver
Oh How I Miss You Tonight
Beginnin' to See the Light
When the Saints Go Marchin' In
Bourbon Street Parade ?
Won't You Come Home Bill Bailey
All Because We Had That Thing Called Jazz
The Legends of Jazz -the name of this allstar group is well considered. Each of these il?lustrious gentlemen is truly a living legend of jazz. Several of these men have seen their spirited music move from the streets and back alleys of New Orleans to the concert halls of the world. Their exciting sounds display a fresh exuberant approach to music, which reflects their own enduring per?sonal achievements. Age has not dimmed their brilliance. On the contrary, like fine wine mellow?ing in a cask, The Legends demonstrate the true value of their vintage.
The group actually consists of a dozen legendary New Orleans musicians, organized by drum?mer Barry Martyn in 1972, so that, not withstanding the rigors of touring, 1,000 Years of Jazz will always have several authentic Legends to play their appropriate instruments. The great oldtimers are: Trumpet: Andrew Blakeney and Leo Dejan; ClarinetSaxophone: Sam Lee and Floyd Turnham; Trombone: Clyde Bemhardt and Louis Nelson; Piano: Alton Purnell and Jon Marks; String Bass: Adolphus Morris and Benjamin (Benny) Booker; and Drums: Barry Martyn and Theodore (Teddy) Edwards.
The Hoofers were formed in 1969 by Lon Chaney to preserve and present the art of tap danc?ing. Like so much of black culture, the history of tap dancing has long been neglected by scholars. What is certain is that this is an art form invented by AfroAmericans, and though enthusiastically adopted by the white man, it has always retained the spirit of its popular origins. A large portion of The Hoofers' inspiration came from Bill Robinson, the "Bo Jangles" who taught Shirley Temple how to tap. "When he died," says Sandman Sims, a member of the group, "it killed the heart of tap dance, and then rock 'n roll drowned out the sound of the taps." The nostalgia of the '70s and "That's Entertainment" then sparked enough interest in the black roots of the form to bring these solo entertainers together, most of whom had danced for Hollywood in the days when being black, according to another member, "meant a teeny part with Judy Garland." The current Hoofers, with the exception of the youngest, Bernard Manners, started tapping in their teens, moving on to the vaudeville circuit, and then into the small clubs when the dance craze died out in the late '40s and '50s. Other members of the group (not performing this evening) are Buster Brown, Ray?mond Kaalund, Chuck Green, and Jimmy Slyde.
The Hoofers performed in Ann Arbor in 1977, one of many such appearances around the coun?try, and they have made many European tours. Their television appearances include guest stints on the Tonight Show, Dick Cavett Show, To Tell The Truth, and the Mike Douglas Show. A mo?tion picture of their work is in the permanent archives of the Library of the Performing Arts at New York's Lincoln Center.
Deborah Woodson, both the newest and the youngest member of 1,000 Years of Jazz, has appeared in Don 't Bother Me I Can 7 Cope, Purlie, Guys and Dolls, A Raisin in the Sun, and Tam?bourines to Glory. She has also been a featured soloist with the Norman Luboff Choir. Born in Georgia, Deborah is a cum laude graduate of North Carolina Central University.
Max Adolfsson, Production Manager
Norma Plumley, Publicity Director
Delfor Peralta, Promotion Miss Woodson's gowns by Star Hagenbring, New York City