Story

„What is not shared,
is lost“

For more than 10 years I have been systematically searching and collecting recorded Tap Dancing, mostly on 78rpm records. With the support of Andreas Schmauder and a wide network of  record collectors, I was able to discover a history of tap dancing that is largely unknown.
(picture from an old Danny Hoctor label)

The project is for all tap dancers, teachers, students and lovers of the art of tap dancing as well as for lovers of swing music. Being dedicated to the history of recorded tap dancing, it documents a side of tap which has not been particularly focused on so far. In addition, more than 200 of these recordings will be published on CD for the first time. All efforts have been made to achieve the best possible audio quality.

The project presents the first 40 years of recorded tap dancing worldwide. This great American artform developed along with Jazz music from Swing to Bebop and Bigband, but also touches other genres like Blues, Cabaret, Musical Show and even classical music. At the same time the change of recording techniques from cylinder and 78rpm records to Singles (7”) and LPs in stereo sound can be traced during this period.

Four CDs (part 3) deal with the pedagogic aspect of tap dance and its related topics: rhythm presentation, notation and terminology. This is done by means of historical documents, that were not accessible until today. Here Uwe Meusel introduces his system of tap dance notation, which is solving a lot of the problems of previous notation systems and which ought to help teachers and students. This part is supported by 391 extra pages of printed material (PDF) to be found on CD16, which is a DVD.

CDs 14  and 15 leave the given time frame, presenting selected recordings between 1973 and 2009. Recording artists are Jimmy Slyde, Bunny Briggs, Chuck Green, Leon Collins, Steve Condos, Pamela Raff and Andreas Dänel. This part serves as a bridge to the younger past of audio recordings which are discussed in the last chapter. The book, written in English language, contains liner notes for each CD and 77 detailed biographies of the recording artists with pictures.

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