Free "Fats Waller Dance Party" Concert Kicks Off Harlem Stages's 30th Season July 28

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Thursday July 12, 2012


Free “Fats Waller Dance Party” Concert Kicks Off Harlem Stages’s 30th Season July 28

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.

“We are so proud to welcome Jason and Meshell back to Harlem Stage to revive this amazing performance, kick off our anniversary celebration, and bring Fats Waller’s music back to the community that helped inspire it so many years ago,” says Executive Director Pat Cruz. “Despite being a fast-rising superstar, Jason continues to call this neighborhood home. He will always have an artistic home with us and we look forward to a fantastic event this summer.”

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