Jason Samuels Smith & Owen “Fiidla” Brown’s Quartet
RESCHEDULED: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 7:30pm
Target Free Thursdays
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, Frieda and Roy Furman Stage
Emmy Award–winning tap dancer Jason Samuels Smith teams up with musicians of Owen “Fiidla” Brown’s quartet in a new work exploring the African American experience, from the dance and percussion on slave ships of the Middle Passage through the jazz, be-bop, and hip-hop eras. Set to score commissioned by the Charles and Joan Gross Family Foundation, the piece brings together Western and traditional African instruments in a multitude of musical styles, revealing points where history and art converge.
Jason Samuels Smith won an Emmy and American Choreography Award for his tribute to Gregory Hines and has performed as a special guest or contributed choreography for Black Nativity, Idlewild, So You Think You Can Dance, Bring in Da’Noise, Bring in Da’Funk on Broadway, and Psych.
Owen “Fiidla” Brown is a 26-year veteran of the Sun Ra Arkestra who has appeared alongside Aretha Franklin, Celine Dion, George Clinton, and more.
Tyrone Brown (bassist) has worked with Max Roach, Grover Washington Jr, Dizzy Gillespie, Pat Martino, and others.
Bill Meeks (pianist) has played and recorded with world-renowned drummer Philly Jo Jones, toured with Grover Washington Jr., and performed with Max Roach, Donald Byrd, Stanley Clarke, Cecil Bridgewater, John Blake, Gerald Veasley, Odean Pope, and others.
Harry “Butch” Reed (drums) has toured with several well-known musicians including John Blake, The Onus, The Andrew Neu Group, and The Electric Mingus Project.
Note: This performance was originally scheduled for February 14 and was postponed because of inclement weather.