• A jazz classic that inspired poetry

    In 1965, US jazz saxophonist and bandleader John Coltrane released A Love Supreme, which was considered his best work and has since lived up to that title. A Love Supreme came in four suites: Acknowledgement, Resolution, Pursuance and Psalm and plays an important role in how we understand and wri...

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  • ‘Jazz Club’ by Myesha Jenkins

    Old men sit under a tree Listening to their music Laughing loudly Sipping brandy and coke Tapping their two-toned shoes Remembering dreams of Red dresses and flying brown legs. All rights reserved. No part of this content may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means,...

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  • ‘Another Night at the Club’ by Myesha Jenkins

    I have heard you play many times over many years. And still on nights like tonight when the moon is full and there is only a handful of people in the club my heart opens up and I forget how to breathe. Caught in dreams of flying and freedom your brilliance knocks me down reminding me […]

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  • ‘True Professionals’ by Myesha Jenkins

    It is impossible to tell From these wild looking brothers These men walk into work With full knowledge And accomplishment Take the bandstand Like an old familiar lover Sounding grown In trills and runs With bowing They have the tendency Of freedom Jump the structure Add a note Scream Laugh dancin...

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  • Myesha Jenkins Poet and Writer

    Myesha Jenkins writes and performs poetry. Her second collection, Dreams of Flight, was launched in 2011 at UKZN’s prestigious, international festival, Poetry Africa, where she also performed. Her first collection, Breaking the surface was published by Timbila in 2005.  Her work can also be found...

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  • Jazz Poetry – ‘Woman, I got the Blues’ by Yusef Komunyakaa

    Woman, I Got the Blues I'm sporting a floppy existential sky-blue hat when we meet in the Museum of Modern Art. Later, we hold each other with a gentleness that would crack open ripe fruit. Then we slow-drag to Little Willie John, we bebop to Bird LPs, bloodfunk, lungs paraphrased till we break e...

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  • Jazz Poetry – ‘Jazz Fantasia’ by Carl Sandburg

    Jazz Fantasia Drum on your drums, batter on your banjoes, sob on the long cool winding saxophones. Go to it, O jazzmen. Sling your knuckles on the bottoms of the happy tin pans, let your trombones ooze, and go husha- husha-hush with the slippery sand-paper. Moan like an autumn wind high in the lo...

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  • Jazz Poetry – ‘Jazzonia’ by Langston Hughes

    Jazzonia Oh, silver tree! Oh, shining rivers of the soul! In a Harlem cabaret Six long-headed jazzers play. A dancing girl whose eyes are bold Lifts high a dress of silken gold. Oh, singing tree! Oh, shining rivers of the soul! Were Eve's eyes In the first garden Just a bit too bold? Was Cleopatr...

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  • Jazz Poetry

    Jazz poetry is a literary genre defined as poetry necessarily informed by jazz music—that is, poetry in which the poet responds to and writes about jazz. Jazz poetry, like the music itself, encompasses a variety of forms, rhythms, and sounds. Beginning with the birth of blues and jazz at the star...

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  • The Ultimate Jazzuary Syllabus

    Still Grazing, the Musical Journey of Hugh Masekela This autobiography chronicles the life story of the jazz giant from his life in South Africa to his adventures in the United States. It gives details of Masekela surviving life under Apartheid and introducing African music to Americans with Miri...

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