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T. J. Jazz with Ludovico Hombravella, tap dance

Armstrong and New Orleans Jazz

I can't give you anything but love, Baby (1928) by Jimmy McHugh; Ain't Misbehavin (1929) by Fats Waller and Harry Brooks; & Everybody loves my Baby, but my Baby don't love nobody but me (1924) by Spencer Williams


Although fairly uncommon today, during the 1930s and 40s jazz concerts often featured tap dancers. This form of dance, whose popularity can be put down to Hollywood and figures such as Fred Astaire, has mixed-race origins, an improvised nature and uses syncopated rhythms, elements common to jazz. Moreover, the characteristic sound of the dance steps was fully integrated into the music, representing yet another element, which made the dancer another member of the band. This video presents various examples of the integration between music in the New Orleans style and tap dancing.

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