The Joint Is Jumpin’
July 18, 2018 • The Loft Theatre • When visiting world-class jazz musicians and vocalists from NYC and New Orleans offered to team up with a couple of local pros and perform alongside Muse Machine singers, dancers and musicians, a new kind of summer event took shape. In a string of sold-out concerts, audiences experienced a variety of American and Latin-influenced jazz, including several familiar standards. All the musicians, both established and rising student talents, had opportunities to shine, intermittently sharing the stage with the singers and dancers in large production numbers that added the Muse exuberance to the evening.
Producer Douglas Merk
Choreographer Lula Elzy
Vocal Music Director Jacob McGlaun
Asst to the Producer Ben Morrison
Sound Jay Brunner
Lighting Design John Rensel
Lighting Operator Shannon Sellars
Principal Photography Danielle Naples
Alvin Atkinson, Jr.
Mark Antony Howard
Sound sculptures created by Michael Bashaw
From a review of the concert from The Oakwood Register: “Smiles lit up the theatre as they danced with effervescent fervor… The transition between the early and late show was fabulous. It seems that half of Dayton was wending down the stairway and the other half ascending. Dayton loves Muse Machine and vice versa.”