Stompology XII Panel Discussion: "Context and Culture in Jazz Dance"

I'm excited to share that I'll be moderating the "Context and Culture in Jazz Dance" panel at Stompology this June in Rochester, NY! Check out the details for this panel from my friends at Groove Juice Swing below:

With their perspectives gained from dancing and teaching around the world, Stompology instructors Mike Faltesek, Marie N'Daiye, and LaTasha Barnes will share their insights into the historic origins and evolving cultural roles of jazz music and dance. They will be the featured panelists during our Context and Culture in Jazz Dance discussion (moderated by Ryan Swift), which we hope will provide a lively and enlightening opportunity to explore the evolving relevance of jazz—from its roots as a reaction to oppression to a tool of integration—and to delve into its sometimes-fraught contemporary role as the centerpiece of a diverse, world-wide jazz dance community.

Video: Bay Area House Dance Festival Performance | LaTasha Barnes

I'm catching up on some past show notes that had fallen by the wayside and I came across this clip of LaTasha Barnes that, while it didn't fit in the show notes, was far too awesome not to highlight.  Thanks to Rikomatic for highlighting this in his blog late last year.  Enjoy LaTasha tearing it up at the 2016 Bay Area House Dance Festival as you pour over the show notes from Episode 022!

New Album from Josh Collazo & Candy Jacket Jazz Band!

Do you remember the new album of original music Josh Collazo discussed in Episode 21? It's now available!

It's an album of top-notch jazz musicians (including Episode 8 guest Jonathan Stout) playing brand-new tunes.

You can buy the album of new tunes from the Candy Jacket Jazz Band in physical and/or digital form from Bandcamp, and if you haven't heard my conversation with Josh yet, grab that here!




Inside the Dancer's Studio with Jean Veloz

It was an honor and absolute delight to have the privledge of interviewing the legendary Jean Veloz at Lindyfest this year for their Inside the Dancer's Studio series.

Many thanks to Tena, Scott, and the Lindyfest team for giving me the opportunity to sit with Jean for an hour, and to Brett Dahlenburg for getting the video online so quickly!

If you're interested in the clips we showed during the interview, I've created a YouTube playlist, which can be found here.

Live Episodes are Now Available, Exclusively to Patreon Supporters!

Live at Lindy Focus XV with Andy Reid (Photo:  Alletta Cooper )

Live at Lindy Focus XV with Andy Reid (Photo: Alletta Cooper)

If you've been holding off, there has never been a better time to start supporting The Track on Patreon! 3 exclusive live episodes are being posted today, available only for Patreon supporters!

All Patreon supporters can access the following conversations recorded in front of live audiences at The International Lindy Hop Championships and Lindy Focus:

• ILHC 2015 with Mikey Pedroza
• ILHC 2016 with Michael Faltesek
• Lindy Focus XV with Andy Reid

Live at ILHC 2016 with Mike Faltesek (Photo:  Jerry Almonte )

Live at ILHC 2016 with Mike Faltesek (Photo: Jerry Almonte)

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