JAZZ AND POETRY
Thursday, March 22, 6-8 PM
A lively mix of words and notes featuring poet Sean Singer, writer Ann Rower, and jazz trumpeter Jon-Erik Kellso and his awe-inspiring jazz group The EarRegulars.
Sean Singer makes frequent reference to jazz and its history in his writing. His first poetry collection Discography won the 2001 Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize.
Ann Rower, a longtime School of Visual Arts faculty member, characterizes her combination of fiction and experience as “transfiction.” Examples include Lee and Elaine (2002) and If You’re a Girl (1990).
Jon-Erik Kellso is one of world’s best jazz trumpeters and a regular on the international classic jazz festival circuit. He has been leader on several recordings, including Blue Roof Blues: A Love Letter to New Orleans (Arbors Records, 2007). Jon-Erik’s stellar quartet includes Scott Robinson (saxophone), Matt Munisteri (guitar) and Pat O’Leary (bass) — all of whom have substantial reputations as players, leaders, and composers.
Presented by the Humanities & Sciences Department and the Visual Arts Library
Visual Arts Theatre
School of Visual Arts
333 West 23rd Street (between Eighth and Ninth Avenues)
Free and open to the public.
A quiet note from the JAZZ LIVES master of ceremonies: some of my friends complain that they would like to hear The EarRegulars but find it genetically impossible to go below 14th Street in Manhattan. Others have schedules that preclude a Sunday night jazz-hang. Still others are watching their pence. All those commentaries are valid and not to be made light of . . . but here’s your chance. Free! In Chelsea! At a reasonable hour! In a well-lit room! And the most hip among us know that fine jazz and inspiring poetry have the same improvisatory roots and blossoms.
What’s holding you back?
I thought you’d say that. See you there!
May your happiness increase.