Rhythm World Performances

Opening Night
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This annual opening night celebration at one of Chicago's finest jazz clubs features Rhythm World faculty and special guests, alongside a jazz trio.

July 18, 7:30pm at the Jazz Showcase
806 S. Plymouth Ct., Chicago, IL
$10 for general admission, $25 for ringside/VIP seating

Student Showcase and Cutting Contest
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July 19, 6:30pm in Curtiss Hall
Fine Arts Building, 10th Floor
410 S. Michigan Ave.
Tickets available for purchase at the door the night of the event

15th Anniversary YTEC Benefit Concert with very special guest Maurice Hines
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Tap talents from across the country--Gene Medler's North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble, Melba Ayco's Northwest Tap Exchange, Keane Sense of Rhythm, Choreo Records and Shelley Hoselton's Footprints Tap Ensemble--show their best moves in this anniversary celebration concert. Singer-tapper-choreographer extraordinaire Maurice Hines makes a rare appearance to receive the JUBA! award. Future tap talents from across the country—Gene Medler's North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble, Melba Ayco's Northwest Tap Exchange, and Shelley Hoselton's Footprints Tap Ensemble—showcase their best moves in this opening program of Rhythm World, Chicago’s prized citywide festival. Singer-tapper-choreographer extraordinaire Maurice Hines makes a rare appearance to receive the JUBA! Award.


$50 Performance and Award Ceremony ticket

$100 Performance, Award Ceremony and Post-Performance Dessert Reception with Mr. Hines

July 20, 7:00pm at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
220 E. Chicago Ave.
Tickets on sale May 25
Available for purchase - contact our office (312)542-2477

JUBA! Masters of Tap and Percussive Dance


July 21-23, 7:30pm at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
220 E. Chicago Ave.

Each concert features a unique set of soloists and ensembles. Programs subject to change.

Tickets on sale May 25 Available for purchase at mcachicago.org or 312-397-4010

  • July 21: Jumaane Taylor’s Supreme Love, plus BAM! and Festival Faculty
  • Celebrating the anniversary of John Coltrane's A Love Supreme with live jazz and tap dance, Supreme Love displays the spiritual, artistic and historical values that infuse human life, using a symbol of nature to transcend hope.

    We live, die, transition to heaven and celebrate our ancestral past.

    “Supreme Love” expresses true life through the art of tap dance, recreating the chants of John Coltrane’s manifestations through the album “A Love Supreme” and celebrating truth from the sounds of Hip Hop music. Tap dance company M.A.D.D. Rhythms, choreographer Jumaane Taylor and a live quartet present “Acknowledgement” to “Psalm” from the 1965 classic though uncovering the next artistic status and exhibiting Coltrane’s theology. Complimenting the legendary Tree of Hope, supreme love survives off traditions of good luck or most high power. Conquering the original jazz music, this quartet reinvents the classic band and narrates our transitions with their instruments. M.A.D.D. Rhythms and the musicians exchange expressive musical opinions, rediscovering themselves and their art. Witnessing life's course, rhythm and miracles, we dance in the name of God, truth and our ancestors, traveling through the art with progressive admiration for tradition.

    Tap dancers: Jumaane Taylor, Bril Barrett, Tristan Bruns, Starinah Dixon, Donnetta Jackson, Megan Davis, Alexandrya Fryson & Andrew Carr

    Musicians: Greg Ward (sax), Junius Paul (bass), Isaiah Spencer (drums), Amr Marcin Fahmy (piano)

    Here are a couple reviews we have received from Chicago Publications:

    CHICAGO READER: “This innovative performance modernizes Coltrane and brilliantly introduces his music to a new generation.” -Brianna Wellen  Read Now

    CHICAGO TRIBUNE: “Reverence for the past and hope for the future drive the thrilling, sometimes ecstatic "Supreme Love” –Laura Molzahn  Read Now


  • July 22: Groundhog plus Linda Sohl Ellison and Monti Ellison
  • In a one-night-only engagement, Groundhog expands the musical and social exchange of tap in a multigenerational ensemble work originally created as a solo. His exploration of historical hoofer Earl “Groundhog” Basie and other historical figures is ingeniously paired with Linda Sohl Ellison whose performance marks her company's 35th season and is accompanied by Monti Ellison and the Eric Hochberg Trio.

    Running time (each): approximately 2 hours, with one intermission

  • July 23: IFTRA Premiere, BAM! and Jumaane Taylor’s Supreme Love
  • Headlining two nights, Jumaane Taylor and M.A.D.D. Rhythms perform Supreme Love to the beats of Afrika Bambaataa’s Universal Zulu Nation and the eternal music of John Coltrane. The opening feature is CHRP’s resident ensemble BAM, performing a reprise of Prisms by Lane Alexander, and new works by BAM ensemble members Marty Bronson and Zada Cheeks.


Presented by Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP) in association with MCA Stage