Crossover Cats

Jazz masters Savion Glover and Robert Sadin marry tap riffs to classical standards

For his part, Glover, who's onstage for close to two hours at every show, can't seem to get enough. "I'm gonna improvise as long as I can," he said after the third performance, popping plums and knocking back bottles of water to replace the fluid he'd lost. Meanwhile wardrobe supervisor Yvette E. Stapleton, who's been looking after Glover's costumes since his stint on Broadway in Jelly's Last Jam in 1991, proudly wrangled the sweat-drenched tuxedos (they must be cleaned after every performance), and laundered and pressed the three shirts (there are doubles of each).

Glover's a family man now, a home owner with a wife and a three-month-old son. His stage persona has morphed from alienated punk to enthusiastic host and engaged musician, channeling baroque music brilliantly, if a little more quietly than he does the cool jazz of the Otherz. The introverted trance in which he used to perform has given way to a focused attitude, a smile that signals delight in the material. It's a little soon to declare his bravura performance the dance event of the year—but hell, let's do it.

Glover dances
photo: Len Irish
Glover dances



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  • Classical Savion continues at the Joyce through January 23; call 212-242-0800 for tickets and information.

    Additional reporting by Brian Seibert and Kenya Hunt

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