Jazz and Poetry: Benjamin Boone, Laurence Hobgood, Jane Ira Bloom, Matt Wilson

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Since the Charles MingusLangston Hughes collaborations in the 1950s, there has always been a durable synergy between Jazz and Poetry. Recently, Poet Laureates Robert Pinsky and Philip Levine have recorded with pianist Laurence Hobgood and alto-saxophonist Benjamin Boone. Bassist Steve Swallow and poet Robert Creeley collaborated on several projects as have tenor player David Murray and Amiri Baraka. In 2017, two projects used the poetry of American masters as the inspiration for jazz suites. Drummer Matt Wilson recorded a project with the poetry of Carl Sandburg and soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom celebrated the writings of Emily Dickenson.


  • Host Intro 0:00
  • Benjamin Boone and Philip Levine "Soloing" from The Poetry Of Jazz Volume 1 (Origin) 2:32
  • Benjamin Boone and Philip Levine "Call It Music" from The Poetry of Jazz. Volume 1 (Origin) 10:41
  • Host speaks 16:44
  • Robert Pinsky, Laurence Hobgood duo "Samurai Song" from Poemjazz (Circumstantial) 18:54
  • Robert Pinsky, Laurence Hobgood duo "Sayings of the Old" from House Hour / Poemjazz II (Circumstantial) 21:21
  • Robert Pinsky, Laurence Hobgood duo "Funny" from House Hour / Poemjazz II (Circumstantial) 24:21
  • Host speaks 26:49
  • Steve Swallow, Robert Creeley "Ambition" from So There (XtraWatt 12) 27:23
  • Steve Swallow, Robert Creeley "Sad Advice" from So There (XtraWatt 12) 29:23
  • Host speaks 32:25
  • Jane Ira Bloom Quintet "Alone & In a Circumstance" from Wild Lines: Improvising Emily Dickinson (Outline) 34:20
  • Jane Ira Bloom Quintet "Bright Wednesday" from Wild Lines: Improvising Emily Dickinson (Outline) 40:17
  • Host speaks 42:01
  • Matt Wilson Quintet with Christian McBride "Anywhere and Everywhere People" from Honey And Salt -Music Inspired By The Poetry Of Carl Sandburg (Palmetto Records) 42:32
  • Matt Wilson Quintet with Jack Black "Snatch of Sliphorn Jazz" from Honey and Salt—Music Inspired by the Poetry of Carl Sandburg (Palmetto Records) 46:26
  • Matt Wilson Quintet with John Scofield "We Must Be Polite" from Honey And Salt -Music Inspired by the Poetry of Carl Sandburg (Palmetto Records) 49:54
  • Host speaks 53:38
  • David Murray, Jamaaladeen Tacuma Quintet "Yes We Can" from Rendezvous Suite (Jazzwerkstatt) 54:34
  • Host Outro 57:18

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