Pamela Hetherington, accompanied on this performance by pianist/vocalist Dena Underwood, bassist Nicholas Krolak and saxophonist Johnathan Katz, has updated and reinvented what legends like Baby Laurence and Bunny Briggs pioneered: Jazz tap dance. This Philadelphia native, who studied with the likes of Rita Rue and LaVaughn Robinson, joined the Tap Team Two & Company at the age of 16, and was their principal dancer for 15 years. She's directed, performed and choreographed for a number of tap dance and jazz projects, including Philly Tap Teaser and her own company, Take it Away. She is a 2011 recipient of a grant from The Barra Foundation and was a 2013 participant in the TapMotif Festival in Lefkada, Greece.
The Jazz Bridge Neighborhood Concerts Series is partially funded by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Philadelphia Jazz Project, Philadelphia Fund for Jazz Legacy and Innovation of the Philadelphia Foundation, and Painted Bride Arts Center. Jazz Bridge, a 501C public charity that assists area jazz and blues musicians in crisis, is sponsoring this performance in Cheltenham, as well as 40 other events this season on five area stages in the Greater Delaware Valley.