BABY LAURENCE LEGACY PROJECT: BABY'S 103RD BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
Tap dancer and vocalist, Brinae Ali, and her bandmates of the Baltimore Jazz Collective celebrate the life and legacy of Baltimore’s greatest tap dancer: Baby Laurence (February 24, 1921-April 2, 1974). Baby Laurence was the first tap dancer to record a jazz albumDancemaster (recorded in 1959, released in 1977). Brinae will be sharing works in progress that reimagine his music, as well as original compositions and choreography.
The Baby Laurence Legacy Project is supported by NEFA National Dance Project, Johns Hopkins University Billie Holiday Center for Liberation Arts, and Peabody Jazz & BFA Dance Departments.
Brinae Ali | Vocals/Tap
Kris Funn | Bass
Eric Kennedy| Drums
Alex Brown | Key
Todd Marcus | Bass Clarinet
Sean Jones | Trumpet
Wendel Patrick + Special Guests
Read more about Baby Laurence, the extraordinary jazz tap dancer who had a profound influence on rhythm dancers in the second half of the Twentieth Century, via the Library of Congress.