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Baby Laurence Legacy Project featuring Brinae Ali, The Baltimore Jazz Collective & Wendel Patrick

Baby Laurence Legacy Project featuring  Brinae Ali, The Baltimore Jazz Collective  & Wendel Patrick

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When
March 14 – March 17, 2025
Where
Historic Asolo Theater
Price
$10-$40 / Members save 10%
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The Baby Laurence Legacy Project is an evening-length performance that investigates and celebrates the artistic genius of Donald “Baby Laurence” Jackson, a Baltimore-bred game-changer, and his impact on tap dance and jazz music. This production aims to redefine the relationship between technology, tap dancing, and jazz music to build a platform for sharing Laurence’s largely forgotten story with audiences. The work honors his artistic genius and probes the social context that led to his alcoholism, chronic drug use, continual incarceration, poverty, and early death at age 53. Songs from his album, such as “Baby at Birdland” and “Delilah’s Theme,” will be reimagined with new arrangements and choreography. The Baby Laurence Legacy Project will reveal to audiences how Laurence embodied the bebop aesthetic, which channeled defiance of the white gaze and a self-referencing Black consciousness as in the music of Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Max Roach, and Charlie Parker.


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Individual tickets will be available September 3.