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Jazz Speaker Series: Cheryl Willis on Tappin' at the Apollo
Based on extensive interviews with Salt and Pepper, this book chronicles for the first time the lives and careers of two overlooked female performers who succeeded despite the racism, sexism, and homophobia of the Big Band era.
In the 1920s and 1930s, Edwina “Salt” Evelyn and Jewel “Pepper” Welch learned to tap dance on street corners in New York and Philadelphia. By the 1940s, they were Black show business headliners, playing Harlem’s Apollo Theater with the likes of Count Basie, Fats Waller and Earl “Fatha” Hines. Their exuberant tap style, usually performed by men, earned them the respect of their male peers and the acclaim of audiences. Based on extensive interviews with Salt and Pepper, this book
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Reception opens at 6 pm, program begins at 6:30 pm
1616 E 18th St, Kansas City, MO 64108
Street parking is available on 18th Street, Vine Street, 19th Street, Highland Avenue, and 17th Terrace.