MILES TO FEET: a nod to the prince of darkness’ lessons through live music and tap dance

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    Miles to Feet
    We all know that Miles Davis’ influence on music is profound. He changed the way the trumpet sounded, is known for one of the best-selling albums in the history of jazz with Kind of Blue, and played an always-controversial yet stylish role in the music scene from the 40s onwards. This Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8th, a group of talented Vancouver artists are collaborating to pay homage to his impact and teachings in a performance entitled Miles to Feet.
    There is a twist, however. In his autobiography, Miles said, “I loved to look at and listen to tap dancers. They are so close to music in the way they make their tap sound. They are almost like drummers and you can learn a lot from just listening to the rhythms they get from their taps.”
    Two of the six performers in Miles to Feet are tap dancers, layering their percussive sounds into Miles’ music. Danny Nielsen and Dayna Szyndrowski, both of whom were featured tap dancers in the Vancouver 2010 Opening Ceremonies of Winter Olympic Games, have performed on stages around the world, and recently worked together on With You We Dance in Seattle, an improvisational night of music.
    The musical texture you expect to hear in a jazz evening is made up of four exceptional musicians. Trumpet player Terry Townson is a Grammy Award winner and multi Grammy Award nominee, holder of the West Coast Jazz Soloist of the Year award, and veteran of music spending twenty years in Nashville heavily involved in the studio and touring scene before relocating to the west coast. Percussion player Liam MacDonald is equally in demand for his drumset playing and his abilities as a multi-percussionist, constantly on a quest for new sounds and rhythms from the Middle East to Brazil. Michael Bush, an established and versatile bass player in jazz, blues, salsa, rock, and folk, has performed with an impressive list of musicians, touring Europe, the US, and Canada. Finally, Jillian Lebeck will add her dynamic and exciting piano and vocal sounds to the evening. Her debut recording, Living in Pieces, spent several weeks in the number one position on the national Chart Attack radio charts.
    Miles to Feet, a nod to the lessons of the prince of darkness, is the first collaboration between these Vancouver-based artists and sure to be an invigorating way to end the Mother’s Day weekend. Tickets are available online at or at the door for $18 (Must be 19 years or older). The Anza Club is located at 3 West 8th Avenue.
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