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Alvin Ailey: Bringing Jazz to Life through Dance

Matthew Rushing of Alvin Ailey Dance
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Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 4:00pm

It's JAZZ Plus... MODERN DANCE when rehearsal director & guest artist MATTHEW RUSHING of The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater talks with WICN's Bonnie Johnson about the repertory dance company and their upcoming performances presented by the 75th Celebrity Series of Boston.

Born in Rogers, TX in 1921 and passing in 1989, Alvin Ailey founded the dance company in 1958 and was the first African American choreographer to gain international recognition. Mr. Ailey had a strong desire to incorporate the music of his heritage including jazz, gospel and spirituals which is reflected in the company's modern dance repertoire.

Lauded for it's community outreach and global appeal, The Alvin Ailey Dance Theater is passing on this amazing art form along with the music from generation to generation.Audiences will hear the music of Duke Ellington among others when the dancers take the stage at Citi Wang Theater on May 1-4, 2014. Listen Now.

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