Comedian, actor & writer Desiree Burch is joining New York’s hottest jazz musicians and tap dancers for the premiere of This Joint is Jumpin’, a red-hot 1920s Harlem celebration of jazz icon Fats Waller’s life and music, at The Other Palace Studio from April 4.
This Joint is Jumpin’ is a fusion of live jazz, thrilling tap dancing and storytelling celebrating and radically interpreting jazz icon Fats Waller’s music, breathing new life into classics such as Ain’t Misbehavin’, Black and Blue and Honeysuckle Rose.
The show is produced by Hoagy B. Carmichael, son of the legendary American composer Hoagy Carmichael.
Desiree replaces the previously announced British actor Samuel Anderson as the host of the rent party. He is now not available due to work commitments in the USA.
Desiree Burch was raised in L.A., developed artistically in NY and currently lives in London.
Her brash and energetic comedy style has been seen on NBC and E4, and made her the winner of the 2015 Funny Women Stage Award for stand-up.
As a writer and performer, she makes raw and gutsy work. Her critically-acclaimed solo show 52 Man Pickup has toured internationally and her solo piece Tar Baby won a 2015 Fringe First for new writing at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Making her London debut is Lillias White, the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award-winning Broadway star of Dreamgirls, The Life and Netflix’s The Get Down.
The cast also features internationally celebrated tap dance artist Michela Marino Lerman, Princess Grace Award winner tap dancer Joseph Wiggan (Shuffle Along, Cirque du Soliel’s Michael Jackson: The Immortal Tour), critically acclaimed vocalist Michael Mwenso and The Shakes, musicians Dion Keith Kerr IV on bass, Mathis Picard on piano, Mark Kavuma on trumpet, Kyle Poole on drums, Ruben Fox on tenor saxophone, and the remarkable South African Jazz vocalist Vuyo Sotashe.
This Joint Is Jumpin’ runs at The Other Palace Studio from April 4-15.