Igmar Thomas & The Revive Big Band
“We’re carrying on within the tradition of big bands, what would be relevant today- modifying the message, and making it translatable and accessible to the people, so that they have something to connect to. We represent that bridge.” -Igmar Thomas Heralded by the Village Voice for having New York City’s “most electrifying young lions in jazz, Revive Big Band has a finger on the pulse of today’s emerging progressive sound while pointing to things yet to come for a new era of music. Formed in 2010 by trumpeter, composer and arranger Igmar Thomas, this multi-generational ensemble knows no limits while seeking to advance, celebrate and re-imagine sonic freedom in big band form. The Revive Big Band’s well-honed musical sensibilities powerfully synthesize the art of the beat, treatment of melody, reverence of the standard, and nuances of time. Expanding the contemporary canon of composition as it dwells at the intersection of jazz, hip hop, soul and beyond, the band's repertoire features original compositions and inventive orchestrations of jazz standards and contemporary classics by artists ranging from Oliver Nelson, Wayne Shorter and Freddie Hubbard to A Tribe Called Quest, J Dilla, Gangstarr, Bilal and more, in rare live performances. Featuring a multigenerational cadre of artists who have consistently blurred the lines between forms such as trombonist Ku-umba Frank Lacy, critically acclaimed pianist Marc Cary, Thelonious Monk Competition winner Ben Williams, Revive/Blue Note recording artist drummer Otis Brown III and saxophonist Marcus Strickland, the Revive Big Band is more than just a big band. It’s a movement. It symbolizes the voice of a new generation of musicians and audiences that hunger for a more expansive notion of jazz- one that exists in real time, reflecting a dynamic synthesis of their influences and experiences all while leaning towards the future. Making it’s debut in 2010 at George Wein’s CareFusion Jazz Festival, the Big Band has gone on to perform at The Kennedy Center, Central Park SummerStage, Harlem Stage, BRIC, Highline Ballroom, Blue Note Jazz Club, Winter JazzFest and the Art of Cool Festival. In addition, it has had a series of extraordinary collaborations with artists including Gregory Porter, Bilal, Terence Blanchard, Sean Jones, Oliver Lake, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Pharoahe Monch, Talib Kweli, Nicholas Payton, Savion Glover, Robert Glasper and Jean Baylor.
Famous tap dancer, choreographer, and actor Savion Glover is the epitome of a living legend. Born in 1973, the tapping marvel has graced the stage since childhood. He set a record as the youngest person ever to receive a scholarship in the Newark Community School of the Arts. Before he was a teenager, Savion made his mark starring in the leading role in the Broadway musical The Tap Dance Kid.
Savion Glover developed his own dancing style he dubbed "free style hard core." The Tony Award winning dancer eventually worked with dancing greats Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis, Jr. Among his credits are starring roles in major motion pictures like "Jelly's Last Jam", a role for which he made history as the youngest ever recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant.
As a choreographer, Glover's work has helped maintain tap dancing as an art form in the modern dance world. His starring role in the musical Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk, which he also choreographed, debuted on Broadway in 1996. The musical chronicles events in African-American history and brought Savion a Tony for best choreographer.
Glover was made known to the younger generation with recurring appearances on "Sesame Street." He also holds the credit as the live captured dancing motion behind Mumble the penguin in the Disney film "Happy Feet." Savion also served as co-choreographer for the film.
Glover's quick steps and amazing rhythms continue to influence the lives of young people. His production company tours schools across the country, spreading enthusiasm for tap dancing and cementing his place in history.
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