Founded in 1993, JAZZANTIQUA
DANCE & MUSIC ENSEMBLE celebrates the jazz tradition as a vital thread in the cultural fabric of African American
history and heritage, and a defining element of the American experience. Dedicated to EDUCATION / PRESERVATION / CREATION,
the Company’s mission is to increase awareness of and appreciation for jazz as an American legacy through collaborative
dance and music projects (performances, classes, lecture-demonstartions, symposiums, community outreach efforts) that inspire,
as well as entertain.
Exploring original music
compositions along with the works of Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, John Coltrane and other greats, JazzAntiqua delves deep
into the heart of jazz and the stories within the music. From jazz clubs to concert halls, performing arts centers to schools,
museums to festivals in the park --- JazzAntiqua shares the art of jazz with audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
JazzAntiqua has been recognized with grant awards from the
Doolittle Foundation, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, California Arts Council, Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs
and Toyota Motor Sales, USA.
The Company has been
presented at: Playboy Jazz Festival (Hollywood Bowl), Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (Music Center of Los Angeles), Luckman Fine
Arts Complex, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California African American Museum, The Jazz Bakery, Irvine Barclay Theatre,
Ford Amphitheatre, Japan America Theatre, Dance Mission Theatre (San Francisco), Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, UCLA
Hammer Museum, McCallum Theatre (Palm Desert), Watts Towers Jazz Festival, Southern Theatre (Minneapolis), Laney College
(Oakland), Mesa Performing Arts Center (Arizona) and many other venues.
Feature stories and spotlight articles on JazzAntiqua have appeared in the Los Angeles Times and Los Angeles Weekly
Newspapers; Dance Teacher Now, Dance Spirit Magazine, Dance Magazine and Los Angeles Magazine.
PAT TAYLOR (Artistic Director/Choreographer) blends
her love of jazz and blues music, visual art and spoken word --- with a distinctive historical perspective to create JazzAntiqua's
very own brand of "jazz theatre."
was raised in a household where jazz served as a musical backdrop to daily life. Yet, it was while living, teaching and choreographing
throughout Europe for seven years and experiencing firsthand the world's love and respect for America's original art
form, that her passion for jazz and the stories within the music was truly kindled.
Taylor is the recipient of several awards including Mayoral and City Council commendations;
a Brody Arts Fund Choreography Fellowship, and grants from the Doolittle Foundation, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions,
California Arts Council, Center for Cultural Innovation, Francis E. Williams Artists Award and the Los Angeles Department
of Cultural Affairs. Taylor was a finalist in the "Dance Under the Stars" Choreography Festival and the Leo's Choreography
Competition (Jazz Dance World Congress).
to JazzAntiqua, Taylor's work has been presented at Lehman Performing Arts Center (NY), Cerritos Center for the Performing
Arts, Glashuset (Stockholm, Sweden), Suncoast Hotel and Casino (Las Vegas, NV), Temecula Valley Film and Music Festival, Ford
Amphitheatre (Hollywood), Broad Theatre (Santa Monica), and Los Angeles' Cornerstone Theatre.
Taylor's background in Katherine Dunham and Lester Horton techniques, West African, American
vernacular and classic jazz dance, along with her love for the collage nature of improvisation, combine to form her signature
and approach to movement.
Taylor holds an MFA in Interdisciplinray
Arts, with an emphasis in jazz aesthetics. Currently she is Artist in Residence at Pasadena City College and a Guest Lecturer
in jazz dance at University of California, Irvine.
"These dancers were real people, with stories that are our stories...
communicating themes of struggle, challenge, love, growth and hope."
- LA Dance Review
live music and dancing that matches it in verve, rhythmic complexity and free-form invention: a proven concept, here distinctively
- Los Angeles Times
"... [PORTRAITURE: Stories in Jazz] was a great production
filled with heated solos (Swartz and Ruiz often took honors), assertive drumming by McLendon, and some remarkable dance
- L.A. Jazz Scene
"Dance has been called history written on the body, and
Taylor's piece made this abstract truth utterly tangible."
artistic director Pat Taylor provided sex, soul and style to choreography that not only dazzled but also embodied the music
with primal ooze.”
- Los Angeles Times
"...a few troupes like JazzAntiqua
are premised on live music, with the interaction and ongoing relationship between the dancers and a music ensemble a defining
element of their brand of dance."
- Los Angeles Weekly
“Pat Taylor took
that feeling and heightened it in the powerful excerpts from her “A Love Supreme,” danced with equal parts emotion
and virtuosity by her locally based JazzAntiqua Dance & Music Ensemble.”
- Los Angeles Times