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Old 09-22-2013, 11:01 AM
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Fancy opening your mind to a fusion of rhythm lead music & dance form you've not experienced before? If you live in, or can get to London in November, this is the opportunity to do exactly that.

Link to London Jazz Festival event page with more details of the evening & Michele's guests:

http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/wha...?dt=2013-11-18

& Here's a general promo shot for the Michele Drees Jazz Tap project.
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Old 09-22-2013, 02:03 PM
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That sounds fantastic. I wonder if I could make it. Worth a try.
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sounds cool. Is this Guru spam??? 8+)
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That sounds fantastic. I wonder if I could make it. Worth a try.
It will be a great evening Madge, & some high end guests too. I'm going to try my hardest to make it.

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sounds cool. Is this Guru spam??? 8+)
It is very cool :) No spam. Ok, Michele does happen to be a Guru snare artist, and will be using an Origin bop kit at the gig, but outside of that, there's no Guru involvement.

I'm just pleased / trying to introduce something that's quite different from the norm to our esteemed forum members. This is a drummer lead band (you don't find that too often), plus the interaction between drums & tap is both entertaining & fascinating. There's a distinct latin flavour to the vibe, & it's a visual treat too. Michele's project packs out Ronnie Scott's every month, so this is gaining considerably in popularity, & quite rightly so. It's placing rhythm, & more specifically drums, at the fore of music, & I think that's a pretty good thing :)
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It's placing rhythm, & more specifically drums, at the fore of music, & I think that's a pretty good thing :)
This is how I got into drumming in the first place really: I just found rhythms absolutely fascinating. Still do!
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Years ago I had wished to learn tap dance but now it would just be stomp. Added a few pounds.
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Seriously tempted. Mid-November is free at the moment.

Michele is a seriously, seriously good player. And a great laugh, too. I've seen a few videos of the tap project and although my interest in tap is minimal, the interaction between the two is fascinating.
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An event like this in America would probably be met with a 'meh'. For Americans, I guess jazz is a dirty word (except to jazz study majors in college) It is nice that Americans can go to other parts of the world to enjoy its' indigenous artform ;)
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I would love to go see MDJTP in London...

...however, the 18th of November is a Monday, I don't think I can book a day off for the event, which is a shame, it was already touch & go for the LDS :(

Maybe an other time... Does Michele appear regularly at Ronnie Scott with the JTP? I thought it was a once month gig, or am I mistaken?


Yes Duncan, Michele is a brilliant drummer... I hope she'll play a little at the LDS :)
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This is how I got into drumming in the first place really: I just found rhythms absolutely fascinating. Still do!
Me too, just don't get enough time to really work stuff out :(

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Years ago I had wished to learn tap dance but now it would just be stomp. Added a few pounds.
Being light on your feet I think is a pre requisite for tap. Really energetic too! No way I could get it on :(

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Seriously tempted. Mid-November is free at the moment.

Michele is a seriously, seriously good player. And a great laugh, too. I've seen a few videos of the tap project and although my interest in tap is minimal, the interaction between the two is fascinating.
Agreed Duncan, it's the stage "language" that's so interesting. That, & the mix of latin influence that just seems to oil the wheels.

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An event like this in America would probably be met with a 'meh'. For Americans, I guess jazz is a dirty word (except to jazz study majors in college) It is nice that Americans can go to other parts of the world to enjoy its' indigenous artform ;)
I'm guessing jazz must have a good following in the major centres Bo - surely? Michele's project is on the fringes though for sure, & all the more interesting for it.

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I would love to go see MDJTP in London...

...however, the 18th of November is a Monday, I don't think I can book a day off for the event, which is a shame, it was already touch & go for the LDS :(

Maybe an other time... Does Michele appear regularly at Ronnie Scott with the JTP? I thought it was a once month gig, or am I mistaken?


Yes Duncan, Michele is a brilliant drummer... I hope she'll play a little at the LDS :)
Must admit Henri, It's going to be a struggle for me too. I'll have to cancel stuff to make it.
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I'm guessing jazz must have a good following in the major centres Bo - surely? Michele's project is on the fringes though for sure, & all the more interesting for it.
Here in Phoenix there is very little Jazz scene. I have been trying to find an open mic night that leans toward jazz but it seems that everyone wants to play blues. Up in Northern California where I grew up, by San Fransisco, there happens to be a big jazz scene from what I'm told.

Looks like a wonderful event. I would love to see it. Also, I just love that picture. The exchange between his mid air pose and her smile is just perfect.
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That's extraordinary, and very sad.

It doesn't look as if I'll be going to this show: work crops up out of the blue and we have to take it when it's there. Makes it very difficult to buy tickets for anything more than a week in advance, if it's on a school night :( and I'm assuming there won't be many tickets left by the time I know what I'm doing.
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