Jumaane Taylor

Jumaane Taylor, a Chicago native, has been tap dancing since the age of 7. He began his training at the Sammy Dyer School of the Theatre where he currently teaches. He has had the esteemed opportunity to perform and study with Idella Reed Davis, Martin Dumas III, Jimmy Payne Jr., Sarah Savelli and George Patterson III. Jumaane made his professional debut with the group M.A.D.D. Rhythms founded by Bril Barrett. He now serves as Assistant Director of the company. Jumaane has performed and taught nationally and internationally. Some of his credits include the Chicago Tap Summit, Hyde Park Jazz Festival, Chicago Human Rhythm Project, Cleveland Tap Intensive, L.A. Tap Fest and numerous shows with ETA Creative Arts Foundation. Attending ETA, Jumaane has studied Dunham Technique from Geri Williams and acting from Runako Jahi. He was been featured in “Dance Spirit Magazine” as “One of the Top 20 Hoofers under 20”. In 2000, he won 1st place in The “1st Annual Chicago Tap Off” and in 2006, he was proclaimed in The Chicago Tribune to be one of the top five dancers in Chicago. Taylor was a part of the ensemble for “Imagine Tap!” which was directed and choreographed by Derick Grant. In 2008, he joined the cast of “A La Recherche De Josephine” that toured France. He was also a featured dancer for a production entitled “Wonderland: A Tap Tribute To Steve Wonder” directed and choreographed by Sarah Savelli and Ayodele Casel. Jumaane continues to dance both locally, nationally, and abroad in such places as Canada and Europe. In Chicago, he has become a band member of a jazz sextet, Abstrakt Pulse, established by trumpeter Corey Wilkes. All the while performing at jazz events throughout the city of Chicago.

 
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We have new releases on the horizon! First up is “Cries from tha Ghetto” from Corey Wilkes, one of the hottest young trumpeters on the scene today. Corey is one of the busiest musicians in Chicago and was hand-picked by Roscoe Mitchell to join The Art Ensemble of Chicago, replacing the legendary Lester Bowie. He also plays and tours extensively with other heavy hitters like James Carter, Kahil ElZabar and Will Calhoun of Living Colour. “Cries…” shows off Corey’s incredible range as a musician, a mastery of every corner of jazz. If you can stand toe-to-toe with both Roscoe Mitchell and James Carter on stage night after night, you better be able to bring it. Read more about the CD and hear some tracks right HERE. You can get a copy right now, only from us, in advance of the official release date on April 28th.

posted on March 17, 2009 by Yulun

 
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