The Eubia Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center will partner with Tapology, Inc. to host the Mable Lee Centennial Celebration and Big Band Dance Party on Saturday August 7 as a hybrid event, live at Eubia Blake Center and virtually. The event takes place from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. EST.
If you don’t know Mable Lee, you should! She is the late icon of the acclaimed dance known as the ‘Queen of the Soundies’. Lee has worked and traveled extensively with Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle from his teenage years to adulthood. She made the cover of Ebony magazine in 1947 and was a featured singer on Eubie Blake’s Song Hits: With Eubie and His Girls album recorded in the mid-1970s.
Lee continued to captivate audiences while mentoring the next generation of dancers such as The Bradley Sisters, Michelle Dorrance, Dormeshia, and Michela Marino-Lerman. All were part of Mable Lee’s Dancing Ladies until Lee’s death on February 7, 2019. Lee represents a cross-pollination of genres, cultures, and styles of music and dance deeply rooted in African American traditions that deserve to be celebrated. ‘be preserved and celebrated, according to the event organizer. , Brinae Ali, Broadway performer, choreographer, tap dancer, singer and activist (STOMP, Shuffle Along, Baltimore Jazz Collective).
Ali was forced to organize a dream team of Lindy Hop, jazz and tap dancers, as well as a mix of musicians, cultural institutions and organizations (Tapology, Eubie Blake Cultural Center, Guardian Baltimore, American Tap Dance Foundation, Collective Voices for Change, Duke Ellington Center For the Arts, Peabody Institute-Jazz and Dance and the Black Lindy Hoppers Fund) around the world to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the late Mable Lee.
âMable Lee has taken me under his wing for over 20 years. After his death I felt compelled to keep his legacy and it became my mission to create a mentorship program in his honor. Sweet & Able has was created as a vehicle to educate, mentor and extend the life and work of Mable Lee. It is extremely important that she be celebrated and never forgotten. ” -Brinae Ali
Buy tickets here to benefit from Tapology’s Sweet & Able Mentorship Program and the Eubie Blake Center.