Posts Tagged ‘Poetry’

Book Release + Poetry Reading With Live Jazz Intermissions

// November 27th, 2010 // No Comments » // Jazz Events, Poetry Events

Announcement poster for Sarah Valerio's release of Soledad Narcotica

Save the date, folks: Saturday, December 18th from 3-6 pm. Come to Columbia University to celebrate the release of Sarah Valerio’s first book, a collection of poems entitled Soledad Narcotica. The performance is free and will be punctuated with live jazz during the intermissions. It is sure to be a great time.

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Recap Of Amiri Baraka’s 75th Birthday Jazz Concert

// October 5th, 2009 // No Comments » // Amiri Baraka, Bethany Baptist Church, Newark, NJ, Recaps & Reviews

Bethany Baptist ChurchThe hall of Newark’s Bethany Baptist Church buzzed with excitement on Saturday, October 3, 2009, as we awaited the start of a Jazz Vespers program honoring legendary poet, playwright and activist, Amiri Baraka.

Like the tiled mosaic of a storm-tossed boat decorating the front of the altar, this controversial artist is thought by many to be a troubled man instead of a celebrated trailblazer. However the members of his lifelong church endeavored to alter this negative image. Truth be told, they succeeded. (more…)

Newark Celebrates Amiri Baraka’s 75th Birthday With A Week’s Worth of Festivities

// October 2nd, 2009 // No Comments » // Amiri Baraka, Jazz Events, Poetry Events

Poet Amiri Baraka performs “The Lullaby of Avon Avenue” at Skippers in Newark, NJ

Last week while we were attending Frank Noviello’s show at Skippers, we were overwhelmed & surprised to have the opportunity to watch legendary poet, Amiri Baraka recite “The Lullaby of Avon Avenue”, a poetic tribute to jazz great and Newark native, Sarah Vaughan. See video above.

In celebration of Mr. Baraka’s 75th birthday, Newark residents are kicking off a week’s worth of celebrations beginning with a jazz concert at Bethany Baptist Church. (more…)