DeJohnette: Savion Glover is ‘the Coltrane of Tap’

SKF NOTE: Now this show is going to be serious fun.

Music Preview: Drummer Jack DeJohnette aligns with tap-dancer Savion Glover
February 25, 2016 12:00 AM
By Rick Nowlin / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A key component in jazz, if not its very heart, is improvisation, and drummer Jack DeJohnette is taking that concept to a new level.

For the Friday concerts at the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild Jazz Concert Hall, he and his trio are adding a twist — tap dancer Savion Glover.

“I call him the Coltrane of tap,” Mr. DeJohnette says. “Nobody does what he does the way he does it. I first played with Savion about 20 years ago at a young people’s concert at Carnegie Hall. It was so enjoyable.”

Mr. Glover’s routine is improvised based on the original compositions Mr. DeJohnette’s group is playing.

“Savion works off what we do,” Mr. DeJohnette says. “It’s spontaneous composition — that’s what makes it so exciting.”

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