NEWS - July 11, 2006
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'AMBASSADOR OF TAP' TO BE HONORED AT CAL STATE L.A.
City to declare Ardie Bryant a 'Cultural Treasure' at July 18 event
Los Angeles, CA - Ardie Bryant - a tap performer for more than seven decades
and an instructor at California State University, Los Angeles for the past
six years - will be officially designated a "Cultural Treasure" by the City
of Los Angeles in a ceremony Tuesday, July 18, at the university's Luckman
Bryant, 77, will receive the honor at a 90-minute ceremony beginning at
10:30 a.m. The public is invited to attend; admission is free, but
reservations are encouraged. For details, call 323-343-4695.
Dubbed "The Ambassador of Tap," Bryant in his early career performed with
many jazz legends, including Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker and Dizzy
Gillespie. Recently he performed at the Walt Disney Concert Hall with the
Luckman Jazz Orchestra and appeared with Britney Spears in a Pepsi
To enhance the sounds of his percussive footwork, Bryant designed a
three-drum platform upon which to tap. Along with his career as an
innovative master jazz tap percussionist, Bryant has also been a composer,
historian, director, choreographer and educator.
At Cal State L.A. he continues to teach jazz tap and the history of tap. He
has also taught through the university's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
(OLLI) and at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts on the Cal
State L.A. campus.