"Ambassador of Tap"

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Mar. 19, 2007

Sean Kearns
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‘Ambassador of Tap’
Honored at Cal State L.A.

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–was officially designated a “Cultural Treasure” by the City of Los Angeles in a ceremony last year at the University’s Luckman Intimate Theatre.

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 commercial.

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.

Working for California since 1947: The 175-acre hilltop campus of California State University, Los Angeles is at the heart of a major metropolitan city, just five miles from Los Angeles’ civic and cultural center. More than 20,000 students and 185,000 alumni—with a wide variety of interests, ages and backgrounds—reflect the city’s dynamic mix of populations. Six colleges offer nationally recognized science, arts, business, criminal justice, engineering, nursing, education and humanities programs, among others, led by an award-winning faculty. Cal State L.A. is home to the critically-acclaimed Luckman Jazz Orchestra and to a unique university center for gifted students as young as 12. Programs that provide exciting enrichment opportunities to students and community include an NEH- and Rockefeller-supported humanities center; a NASA-funded center for space research; and a growing forensic science program, to be housed in the Los Angeles Regional Crime Lab now under construction. www.calstatela.edu

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