The “Fats Waller Dance Party,” a free community concert celebrating Harlem Stage’s 30th Anniversary. Features Jason Moran and Meshell N’degeocello, with openers Kimberly Nicole, Amma Whatt, and DJ sets from I Love Vinyl.
July 28, 2012, 5-9 PM, gates open at 4 PM
Harlem Stage at Annunciation Park/Bruce Paltrow Field, 134th Street @ Amsterdam Avenue
TICKETS: Free, but on-site seating is limited and some restrictions apply; details available at www.harlemstage.org or by phone at 212-281-9240 x 19 or 20.
A free outdoor concert featuring the critically acclaimed “Fats Waller Dance Party” created by pianist/composer Jason Moran and singer/songwriter/bassist Meshell Ndegeocello, both of whom will perform, kicks off Harlem Stage’s 30th Anniversary season on Saturday, July 28, starting at 5 p.m. at Annunciation Park/Bruce Paltrow Field adjacent to the historic Harlem Stage Gatehouse.
Commissioned by Harlem Stage, where the concert had its World Premiere last year, “Fats Waller Dance Party” was one of the stand-out events of its season, playing to four consecutive sold-out houses and significant critical acclaim. Since then the show has been seen in Chicago and will launch a national tour this fall. Subsequently, Blue Note Records will release a studio recording of the project. Moran, a Harlem resident who has worked with Harlem Stage for more than a decade, has performed numerous times at the organization’s historic Gatehouse theater and advocates for the organization’s work with artists of color. Moran has achieved enormous critical success over the past few years, receiving a 2011 McArthur Fellowship, Downbeat Magazine’s Jazz Artist of the Year Award in 2011, and more recently being named Artistic Advisor for Jazz at the Kennedy Center.
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