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The JACK COLE DANCERS are thrilled to welcome you to their CLUB ACT here at  the Midnight Theater.

 

Over a hundred years ago, Jack Cole and His Dancers stunned nightclub audiences with a new and provocative style of entertainment. Watching Cole's own nightclub act was the first time anyone had ever seen East Indian movement danced to Jazz and Swing music of the era.

 

Cole’s groundbreaking work was inspired by numerous world dance styles. Bringing together influences and principles from African Dance, Bharatanatyam, Afro-Cuban Dance, and Harlem Social Dance, to name only a few, Cole created his own unique fusion that ultimately led to the codification of the first American Jazz Dance Technique.

Cole worked across various mediums, including film, supper clubs, and Broadway. His work was sophisticated and gritty, and far before its time. Now his influence is in the very DNA of most American dance forms seen today, and to those who know the extent of his legacy, Cole is heralded as one of the Forefathers of American Jazz Dance.

Having seen his peers lead with a pseudo representation of cultural styles, Jack Cole made the integral decision to seek out deeper authenticity and understanding. He traveled to numerous countries around the world, and immersed himself in their cultures in order to gain inspiration rooted in truth and respect.

 

It is with respect and awareness for this vast cultural tapestry, and for the  sophistication and grit of Cole’s legacy, that we invite you into our world. As Jack would say, Jazz is the “heart’s blood.”

It is in our very core. Something we all have inside of us.

 

And it is together we share in the joy and humanity of Jazz tonight.

PRESENTED BY
COLE JAZZ
THE MASTERCARD MIDNIGHT THEATER

DIRECTOR & CHOREOGRAPHER

CAM LOESER

ASSOCIATE CHOREOGRAPHER

EVY VAUGHAN

WEST AFRICAN CHOREOGRAPHER

ANGEL KABA

BHARATANATYAM CHOREOGRAPHER

RAMITA RAVI

PRODUCER

JULIA HARNETT

PRODUCER

CURTIS HOWARD

MUSIC DIRECTOR

ETIENNE LYTLE

AUDIO DESIGNER

DON HANNA

LIGHTING DESIGNER

ZACH MURPHY

STAGE MANAGER

BETHANY SORTMAN

ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER

AMBER GEBERT-GOLDSMITH

SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER

JENNI POOLE

CONCIEVED BY

THE COLE JAZZ TEAM

THE JACK COLE DANCERS

(AT THIS PERFORMANCE)

CALEB MARSHALL VILLARREAL

EVY VAUGHAN
VALENTINA GUEDEZ DELGADO
TORI CARBONI
ERICA CIANCIULLI
ANNA BERMUDEZ
MATTIE WALKER
LATARIKA PIERCE
CHELSEA NICOLE GREEN
YUKA NOTSUKA
SANGEETHA SANTHEBENNUR

DANCE CAPTAIN

TORI CARBONI

SWINGS

TORI CARBONI
LATARIKA PIERCE

PERFORMER APPRENTICE

TANYA CHAUHAN

THE BAND

BAND LEADER/PIANO

ETIENNE LYTLE

DRUMS

JON BERGER

HORNS

KYLE SCHWEIZER

BASS

MIKE HARMON

AFRICAN PERCUSSION/FLUTE

BABA ATIBA

DISCLAIMER: PLEASE SIT AS CLOSE TO YOUR TABLE ON THE FLOOR AS POSSIBLE AND KEEP YOUR FEET IN.THE DANCERS WILL BE MOVING AMIDST THE TABLES.

SETLIST

ROOTS

THE JACK COLE DANCERS & THE BAND

AFRICA

BECCA FOX, CHELSEA NICOLE GREEN
& BABA ATIBA

INDIA

SANGEETHA SANTHEBENNUR
YUKA NOSTUKA
ANNA BERMUDEZ

HARLEM

JARYD FARCON
SANGEETHA SANTHEBENNUR
BECCA FOX
CHELSEA NICOLE GREEN

OJAI

THE COMPANY

I GET A KICK OUT OF YOU

CHASE GREYE & THE BAND

EXCHANGE

CALEB MARSHALL VILLARREAL & DOUG HINRICHS

WHO?

CHET WALKER
CHITA RIVERA
JULIE NEWMAR

CINEMA

THE JACK COLE DANCERS & THE BAND

BLUES

VALENTINA GUEDEZ DELGADO
BECCA FOX
YUKA NOTSUKA
SANGEETHA SANTHEBENNUR
MATTIE WALKER

CALYPSO

VALENTINA GUEDEZ DELGADO
BECCA FOX
YUKA NOTSUKA
SANGEETHA SANTHEBENNUR
MATTIE WALKER

DIAMONDS

EVY VAUGHAN
CALEB MARSHALL VILLARREAL
VALENTINA GUEDEZ DELGADO
YUKA NOTSUKA
SANGEETHA SANTHEBENNUR
MATTIE WALKER

SOMETHING'S GOTTA GIVE

CHASE GREYE & THE BAND

MS. EVELYN VAUGHAN

EVY VAUGHAN & THE BAND

AIN'T MISBEHAVIN'

THE BAND

SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME

CHASE GREYE, THE JACK COLE
DANCERS & THE BAND

FEATURING

CALEB MARSHALL VILLARREAL
YUKA NOTSUKA

JAZZ IS

'WHAT IS JAZZ' CID CEASAR TV SPECIAL
STARRING CHITA RIVERA AND JACK COLE

THE CLUB ACT*

THE JACK COLE DANCERS & THE BAND

FEATURING

CALEB MARSHALL VILLARREAL
MATTIE WALKER
JARYD FARCON
JENNI POOLE
VALENTINA GUEDEZ DELGADO
CHELSEA NICOLE GREEN

*MUSIC ARRANGEMENT CONCEIVED BY
MICHAEL WEBBORN & CAM LOESER

JACK COLE INSPIRATION

'BEALE STREET BLUES' (THE I DON'T CARE GIRL)
'BEALE STREET BLUES'
(THE PERRY COMO SHOW)
'HEATWAVE' (THERE'S NO BUSINESS LIKE SHOW BUSINESS)

'DIAMONDS ARE A GIRL'S BEST FRIEND '(GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES)
'SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME' GOWER & MARGE CHAMPION DUET 
(THREE FOR THE SHOW)

'SING SING SING' (PERRY COMO SPECIAL)
JACK COLE'S NIGHTCLUB ACTS AND FILM WORKS

A NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR

This moment is big. As a company, with you all, here tonight, we honor the legacy of Jazz Dance and Music and carry it forward together. That is a huge undertaking. However, my hope is that in its simplest, most honest, and heartfelt form, our show succeeds in building a deeper awareness and appreciation for the vast possibilities and beauty of this incredible legacy. We cannot possibly do it all in one night or one show. But we can start this journey together, a journey that I believe will, if we choose it to, ripple into a thousand other meaningful moments for years and generations to come. 

 

I owe so much gratitude to the incredible COLE team - Julia and Curtis, thank you for your fierce care and for your willingness to nurture this vision and carry this important work forward. To Angel and Ramita, who have welcomed us all into their worlds and brought such knowledge, authenticity and grounding integrity to the work. I am in awe of and continuously inspired by you both. Thank you for challenging us to always lead with mindfulness, understanding and respect.

 

To our brilliant Cast and Band, who have poured their souls into this work because they believe in the meaning and power of what we are building. You have made this experience so delicious, and I cherish each and every one of you. 

 

To my phenomenal associate, partner in crime, and muse Evy, who gives me just as much, if not more, than what I can possibly give to her. You teach me every day, and I will forever admire and celebrate the depth of your truth, wisdom, and immense talent. Being in the space with you is my favorite place to be. Thank you for standing by me in even the hardest hours, and for your unyeilding integrity, powerful advice, and beautiful heart. It goes to show, I couldn’t have done this without you my friend.

 

Thank you to Jazz, and to the heritage and people who paved the way for this work. Thank you for the joy you spawned, even from the darkest and most tragic times. We do not take that lightly, and we are here in respect and in honor of your resilience. 

 

Thank you, of course, to Jack Cole, who was in so many ways, a formidable vessel for this art form. You were ahead of your time. Thank you for your ingenuity, for your desire to always lead with authenticity, and for unknowingly creating a legacy and style that paved the way for so many, including me. All just because you wanted to do something meaningful for dance. I hope you would be proud of this moment.

 

I owe my biggest thanks and gratitude to the late Chet Walker, who was my mentor, friend, family, and inspiration. We are here today because of him, and the ceaseless amount of passion and heart he gave to researching and sharing Cole’s legacy. If not for Chet believing in the importance of this work, than it may be forgotten today. We owe it all to his faith in this art form and his  belief that we must always pass it on because it is bigger than all of us. 

 

As is Cole’s, Chet’s spirit is equally ingrained in our show. His heart, voice, and imagination lives in the movement. His passion and joy is alive in how we share the space, how we feel the music, how we experience the work together. He lives in this project, because everything he taught me has given me the power, inspiration, and reason to create this work. He is the genesis of this new chapter of honoring and evolving this magnificent art form. 

 

Thank you Chetty. This moment feels like coming home. In the barns and farmhouses of Jacob's Pillow you built the arc. And now we choose to embark, taking what you gave us and passing it on. 

 

We are doing the thing!

 

Much love, 

Cam

THANK YOU TO OUR DONORS

Stephen Schwartz, Elizabeth Matchett and Richard Vaughan, Jamie and Terry Loeser, Dawna Oak, Robert Schulmann, McKenzie and Alan Jones, Alie Kryder, Andrew Wilson, Ashely Falls, Bibiana Sanchez, Bob and Cathy Wisler, Caitlin Moroney, Calla Chapnick, Caroline Woodward, Courtney Sauls, Dawna Oak, Debora and Jon Meyer, Devan Corcoran, Dr. Susanna F. Ristine, Ellie Reid, Emma Thomas, Gabi Roller, Irina Kondrashova, Jeannine Moroney, Jenny Oehlwein, Jeremy Wisler, Jessica Campbell, Jim and Joan Carboni, Jodi Walker, Katherine Winter, Kellyann Coyle, Korina Deming, Lariscy Navera, Linda Sako, Maci Arms, Madie Johnson, Mana Furuya, Marissa Myers, Mayu Yamashita, Meghan Hughes, Michael Holden, Michael Sylvester, Miriam Ali, Natalie Copeland, Natalie Leonard, Natalie Switzer, Nataylia Popel, Oliver Schilling, Olivia Greco, Paige Harvey, Raquel Unbarila, Sean Curran, Sarrah Drummer, Tombak Higuchi, Yurika Ono

A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO COMPANY MEMBER
 TORI CARBONI
FOR RAISING APPROX. $2,500

SPECIAL THANKS TO

Chet Walker, Zahra Hashemian, Steven Williams, Hannah Zin, Isabella Bosco, Roberto Facchin, Nick Nazzaro, Aurora Vaughan, Spencer Pond, Grace Anderson, Olivia Schuh, Allison Lian, Lorena Reis, Victoria Sames, Anna Bermudez, Maggie Bergman, Jenni Poole, Erica Cianciulli, Matthew Lyndany, Tori Carboni, LaTarika Pierce, Valentina Guedez Delgado, Mayu Yamashita, Mikey Santomassimo, Jalen Jones, Chelsea Nicole Green, Kim Hudman

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