Photo by Andrian Weinbrecht.  Michèle Drees and Junior Laniyan.   

Photo by Andrian Weinbrecht.

Michèle Drees and Junior Laniyan.

 

Michele Drees Jazz Tap Project  (MDJTP) is a spectacular mix of rhythm tap dance and jazz. This project has been developing for over several years, and is helping to secure the revival of the iconic jazz tap from the back streets of New Orleans and Hollywood’s silver screen to the present day Jazz tap dance in the UK and Internationally.   

"After many years of playing for the London Tap Jam, I decided to bring Rhythm Tap into my other Jazz gigs on the London Scene. I invited Junior Laniyan to join my trio and the Jazz Tap Project was born"

Many wonderful musicians and Uk Tap dancers have performed with us     

 Shanti Paul Jayasinha,     Steve Rose,      John Crawford,      Amy Baldwin,      Barry Green,            John McKensie,   CH Straatman,    Ian Winter,   Scott Cripps,    Adele Joel,   Jess Murray,     Annette Walker,   Avalon Rathgeb.

This project now invites some of worlds most wonderful Tap Masters to dance alongside Tap dancers from the UK scene.

The show comprises of new compositions by Michele Drees, especially written with the percussive and expressive Tap Dancers in mind, which includes an exciting mix of Jazz, Brasilian and Rhythm tap that creates a spectacular performance of Visual Jazz.

 

With sell out performances at major venues the whole show is awe-inspiring entertainment. 

Fusing drumming with some pretty fancy footwork, drummer Michele Drees is at the forefront of a revolutionary new style of entertainment
— Andy Hughes – Drummer

EFG London Jazz Festival Purcell room 2013.

Special guest star from New York the incredible Tap Master ANDREW NEMR.

Choreography: Andrew Nemr

Performances include: 

  • London Jazz Festival 
  • Royal Albert Hall, Elgar room.
  • South Bank Centre 
  • Ronnie Scott’s, supporting the legendary Jon Hendricks
  • Ronnie Scott’s, supporting the trail blazer Bobi Humphrey
  • JW3
  • The Arts Depot
  • The Spellbound Festival
  • Ealing Jazz Festival
  • The London Drum Show at Olympia

…and many others.

MDJTP were invited to perform in Brazil for the Chorando Sem Parar festival in Sao Carlos.

The Michele Drees trio was in residence at Ronnie Scott’s for 7 years, playing for the London Tap Jam, with guest Tap Masters visiting from all over the world, alongside up and coming stars from the UK.

Michele has worked with some of the greatest living tap masters including; Andrew Nemr, Heather Cornell, Lee How, Lisa La Touch,Jason Samuels Smith, Michelle Dorrance, and as a drummer performed with Kirsty MacColl, Marc Almond, Seal, KD Lang and Suzanne Vega, Badmarsh and Shri to name a few.

Michele Drees Jazz Tap Project is looking to book with festivals for the coming year. If you would like to programme MDJTP please contact for further information