Jimmy Slyde

Jimmy Slyde was one of the last great tap dancers of the big-band era, and he enjoyed a close relationship with the Pillow beginning in 1996, when he was 68. That year, he headlined the Gala and shared the stage with Dianne Walker and Gregory Hines. Slyde's given name was James Titus Godbolt, and he began tap dancing in Boston at the age of 12. He was part of an act known as The Slyde Brothers, and danced throughout the 1940s and 50s with bands including those of Count Basie and Duke Ellington. In 1997-98, he was Senior Project Advisor for the Pillow's Jazz Tap Community Residency, presiding at various "Jazz Club" events throughout the county and teaching workshops. His last Pillow appearance was alongside Savion Glover in 2005, and he died in May 2008 at the age of 80.