Revive Big Band
The Revive Big Band is a “jazz army” (Complex Magazine) of sorts. Packing a punch unlike any other band — big or otherwise — it unites generations of like-minded musicians in presenting a new era of music. Formed in 2010 by composer, arranger, and trumpeter Igmar Thomas, the group's musical styles, experience, and tastes range widely among the musicians, but their mission universal. “We’re carrying on within the tradition of big bands, what would be relevant today,” Thomas explains. “Modifying the message, and making it translatable and accessible to the people, so that they have something relevant to grasp on to. It represents that bridge.”
The Revive Big Band repertoire features original compositions by Thomas and other band members as well as inventive orchestrations of selected beats from legendary producers, notable hip-hop tracks and the original jazz records they sampled, all re-imagined and arranged into original works for the big band.
“Our voice is one that has one foot deeply placed in the roots of jazz and the tradition of that — á la Dizzy Gillespie and Count Basie — but also, another foot deeply invested in the present. That’s the direction. Dizzy, Dilla and us,” says Thomas.
Past Revive Big Band performances have included: Pharoahe Monch, A Tribute to A Tribe Called Quest featuring Jarobi of ATCQ, Buckshot, Sadat X, Dres, Dinco D, Charlie Brown, DJ Logic and more, Celebrating the Life of Legendary MC G.U.R.U. featuring DJ Premier, Roy Hargrove, Greg Nice, Masta Ace, Jeru the Damaja and more, and The Revive Big Band featuring Nicholas Payton and Talib Kweli.
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.