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ARTICLE: JAZZ POETRY

Poetry and Jazz: A Chronology

Read "Poetry and Jazz: A Chronology" reviewed by Duncan Heining

My intention here is to offer a detailed but inevitably incomplete chronology of poetry and jazz. The focus is solely on the combination of the two art forms in performance, not on poetry about jazz or jazz musicians or poetry inspired by jazz but not performed to music. My definition of 'poetry' is fairly broad and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Benjamin Boone: The Poetry of Jazz

Read "The Poetry of Jazz" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Lenny Bruce might have skewered it with his skit, “Psychopathia Sexualis." Mike Myers' mildly misogynist poet might have parodied it in the movie I Married an Axe Murderer (1993). It has been dismissed as a late-fifties fad associated with the Beats. And, yet, the desire of poets and jazz musicians to combine their art forms has ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Cecile McLorin Salvant: Dreams and Daggers

Read "Dreams and Daggers" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

È un disco importante questo di Cécile McLorin Salvant. Il disco della piena maturità, quello che segna la consacrazione della giovane vocalist nell'olimpo del canto jazz. Dopo tre lavori in studio (l'ultimo dei quali vincitore di un Grammy) Cécile dimostra con questo doppio live di non essere solo la voce afro-americana più avvincente del presente ma ...

ARTICLE: THE BIG QUESTION

Presenting Problem

Read "Presenting Problem" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Jazz often appears to exist within its own cultural and artistic paradigm, isolated from other arts and in its own discreet musical corner. Worse still from the perspective of those who would hope to make a living from it, it often seems that more people want to play the music than listen to it or, more ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Cecile McLorin Salvant with the Aaron Diehl Trio at Dazzle

Read "Cecile McLorin Salvant with the Aaron Diehl Trio at Dazzle" reviewed by Geoff Anderson

Cecile McLorin Salvant with the Aaron Diehl Trio
Dazzle
Denver, CO
November 10, 2017

Cecile McLorin Salvant with the Aaron Diehl Trio. Two acts for the price of one? Two different artists welded together for the sake of a concert? Hardly. Salvant has been performing with Diehl and his trio for ...

NEWS: RADIO

Women Of The Harlem Renaissance This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

This week on Riverwalk Jazz, singer and actress Carol Woods—known for her many roles on Broadway and in the movies—joins us to remember the Women of the Harlem Renaissancen and celebrate their work. The Jim Cullum Jazz Band and their guests perform the music of Duke Ellington and James P Johnson. The program is distributed in the ...

NEWS: RADIO

Music And Poetry Of The Harlem Renaissance This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

Music And Poetry Of The Harlem Renaissance This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

This week Riverwalk Jazz captures the high spirit of the Harlem Renaissance with a program combining the music of Duke Ellington,Eubie Blake, Fats Waller and James P. Johnson with the poetry of Langston Hughes, the “Poet Laureate of the Harlem Renaissance." The show features theater legend William Warfield and Broadway's Vernel Bagneris performing Hughes' poetry; and ...

NEWS: RADIO

Women Of The Harlem Renaissance This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

Women Of The Harlem Renaissance This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

This week on Riverwalk Jazz, singer and actress Carol Woods—known for her many roles on Broadway and in the movies—joins us to remember the Women of the Harlem Renaissancen and celebrate their work. The Jim Cullum Jazz Band and their guests perform the music of Duke Ellington and James P Johnson. The program is distributed in the ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Gil Scott-Heron Tribute, "Roots of American Music" Performances by Aloe Blacc, Otis Clay, Lenny Williams, Swamp Dogg

Gil Scott-Heron Tribute, "Roots of American Music" Performances by Aloe Blacc, Otis Clay, Lenny Williams, Swamp Dogg

It may be the final week of Lincoln Center Out of Doors, but the festival isn’t winding down when it comes to exciting performances. This week, Lincoln Center celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the landmark Soul at the Center, highlighted by Valerie Simpson’s first tribute to her late partner, Nick Ashford, since his passing. The pair ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Playing Langston Hughes's Jazzy Verse

Among the challenges confronting any composer intent on setting to music Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz, a set of poems completed by Langston Hughes in 1961, probably the most daunting is that Hughes already called the tunes.

His dazzling poems, by turns earnest, raffish and folksy, bulge with references to famous musicians and ...