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Dance for Life

"Jarvis made his recording debut with Chet Baker. This was followed by a stream of recordings with, among other notable characters, Jackie McLean, Freddie Hubbard, Pharoah Saunders and Sun Ra." The Times

Click here or on the image to view a historic film of Dance For Life recorded at Chisenhale Dance Space.

In 1991 State of Emergency raised its first piece of funding from Arts Council England with a Commission for New Composition, combined with a study of African, Jazz, Caribbean and Contemporary dance. The Commission was awarded to renowned U.S. drummer Clifford Jarvis, and the music was composed and arranged by original Jazz Warrior, Alan Weekes (Guitar) and Steve Marshall. Choreography was by Deborah Baddoo and Ellen Miller. Other contributors included Michael 'Bammi' Rose (Sax), Ernest Mothle (Bass), Patrick Cameron (Congas), Ike Leo (Bass), Colin Graham (Trumpet), Mamadi Kamara (Percussion), Steve Marshall (Piano & Vocals), Kevin Hayes (Percussion) and Trevor Watkiss (Piano). Dancers included Suzette Roca, Winston Grant, Steve Stevens and Lorna Anderson. The project toured in the UK including dates at the London Jazz Café, Shaw Theatre and WOMAD Festival.

Photo of Deborah Baddoo, Suzette Roca, Winston Grant & Ellen Miller by David Corio.

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