Saturday, September 24, 9:30-10:30pm
A Love Supreme, John Coltrane’s acclaimed four-part suite, widely regarded as his masterpiece, celebrated its 50th birthday last year. The tap dance company M.A.D.D. Rhythms with choreographer and dancer Jumaane Taylor and musicians Isaiah Spencer, Junius Paul, Greg Ward, and Amr Marcin Fahmy recreate the chants of John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme, “celebrating truth from the sounds of Hip Hop music.” Begun by Bril Barrett and Martin Dumas III, M.A.D.D. RHYTHMS is a tap dance collective whose “purpose is to spread the love and joy of tap worldwide.” Its mission is to preserve, promote, and contribute to this art form called tap—to teach its history, represent its culture, and advocate for its future. JUMAANE TAYLOR, a Chicago native, has been tap dancing at least 16 years, having begun his training at the Sammy Dyer School where he now teaches. Jumaane made his professional debut with M.A.D.D. Rhythms and also serves as its Assistant Director. He has performed nationally and internationally. Some of his credits include the Chicago Tap Summit, Chicago Human Rhythm Project, L.A. Tap Fest, and numerous shows with E.T.A. Creative Arts Foundation.
Active in the Chicago jazz scene, drummer ISAIAH SPENCER got his musical support through the Merit School of Music, Lincoln Park H.S.’s Fine Arts Program, Ravinia Jazz in the Schools, Gallery 37, and Roosevelt University. He performs frequently with Ernest Dawkins. A first call electric and acoustic bassist on the Chicago music scene, JUNIUS PAUL is part of Dee Alexander’s Trio and has performed nationally and internationally, from France to Ghana. Pianist AMR MARCIN FAHMY performs throughout Chicago and is frequently heard with blues vocalist and guitarist, Guy King. Classical, contemporary, jazz saxophonist and composer, GREG WARD recently returned to live and perform in Chicago. His piece Touch My Beloved's Thought was premiered at the Pritzker Pavilion in 2015.