TUNE IN WED., MAR. 21, 9 a.m.: Watch CSULA dance professor on Retirement Living TVÂs program, "The Art of Living," via the internet (http://www.CN8.tv). It is also showing on television via Comcast and DirecTV. If you are a Comcast subscriber, you can check www.comcast.com under ÂProgramming: Channel LineupÂ to find CN8. If you have DirecTV, tune in to channel 364 at 9 a.m. EST or 1 p.m. EST.
ÂAmbassador of TapÂ
Honored at Cal State L.A.
Los Angeles, CA Â Ardie BryantÂa tap performer for more than seven decades and an instructor at California State University, Los Angeles for the past six yearsÂwas officially designated a ÂCultural TreasureÂ by the City of Los Angeles in a ceremony last year at the UniversityÂs Luckman Intimate Theatre.
Dubbed ÂThe Ambassador of Tap,Â 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 UniversityÂs 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 AngelesÂ civic and cultural center. More than 20,000 students and 185,000 alumniÂwith a wide variety of interests, ages and backgroundsÂreflect the cityÂs 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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