Photo by Stephen Aldridge
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Howard Blume has studied extensively with some of the finest masters, including Charles Kelley in NYC, Louis DaPron, Eddie Brown & Alfred Desio in L.A. and Heather Cornell of Manhattan Tap. Blume's taught continuously since age 14 in North Carolina, Boston, London & L.A.
The Saturday 10 am class is known as the Eddie Brown class because Brown's students asked Blume to keep the regular gathering going after Brown died in 1992.
During and after Eddie's life, the Eddie Brown class traveled all over Los Angeles, first under Eddie, and later after Blume (Eddie's assistant) inherited the group. It was at the Embassy Hotel in downtown L.A. before and after the Northridge quake severely damaged that building. Then it moved to Cafe Danssa in West L.A. Now it takes place at Blume's home studio in Silver Lake.
Blume has had responsibility for the Brown class for about 25 years. These students have been among the most loyal band of tappers ever. Blume was just about the youngest among them when Eddie died in 1992. The class has continued to meet for decades, with some of the original participants still involved.
Blume also has a time-consuming "day job" as a journalist in L.A.
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NEWS FLASH: Visitors are welcome at any class. A few classes may get crowded in the fall so please reserve spots in classes in advance whenever possible.