A fabulous feature on Bandcamp about the UK Jazz Dance Scene. Featuring a selection of BBE releases, including two compilations from Kev Beadle – ‘Kev Beadle presents Private Collection Vol. 2’ and ‘Kev Beadle Presents The Best Of Inner City Records’.
“The dancers of Britain proved that you can dance to modern jazz.” That’s what author Robert Farris Thompson wrote in the foreword to Mark “Snowboy” Cotgrove’s 2009 book, From Jazz Funk & Fusion to Acid Jazz: The History of The UK Jazz Dance Scene. “They were not copying Black America but minting something new. This was jazz dance passed through new minds and strong bodies.”
Thompson, a U.S.-based cultural historian, had witnessed his first U.K. jazz dance event at Snowboy’s Hi-Hat sessions and was blown away by what he had seen. “He was DJing in the corner challenging the dancers,” he enthused. “Responding to all these young men and women on the floor unleashed lightning-fast footwork.”
Read the full feature HERE