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Sunday, April 13, 2014

There are many ways to combine words and music. Song is one way, but here's another: spoken word with musical accompaniment. This approach surely dates back to our ancient ancestors, but there was a particular renaissance back in the 1950s and '60s, bringing together poetry and jazz. Some of those vintage experiments surely laid the groundwork for the poetry slams and rap of today.

David Garland presents some classic poetry and jazz recordings, including the voices of Jack Kerouac, Langston Hughes, Kenneth Patchen, Gil Scott-Heron, and Melvin van Peebles, as well as poetry by Walt Whitman and Lawrence Ferlinghetti, along with music by Charles Mingus, Al Cohn and Zoot Sims, Allyn Ferguson, and others.

 

Comments [3]

David Garland

@brainimplant, I was happy to include Ken Nordine in the program. The program description on this page is just an indication of some of what's in the show. OK?

@tyler, here's the playlist, showing Performer-Piece-Album Title:

Jack Kerouac with Al Cohn and Zoot Sims - American Haikus (selections) - Blues and Haikus

The Bob Dorough Quintet - Dog, by Lawrence Ferlinghetti - Jazz Canto

Langston Hughes with Charles Mingus - (excerpt) - Weary Blues

Kenneth Patchen with Allyn Ferguson and his Chamber Jazz Sextet - Lonesome Boy Blues - Kenneth Patchen reads his poetry with the Chamber Jazz Sextet

Kenneth Patchen with Allyn Ferguson and his Chamber Jazz Sextet - Limericks - Kenneth Patchen reads his poetry with the Chamber Jazz Sextet

Gil Scott-Heron - Ain't No New Thing - Free Will

Roy Glenn with the Gerry Mulligan Quartet - Big High Song for Somebody, by Philip Whalen - Jazz Canto

John Carradine with Fred Katz and the Jazz Canto Ensemble - Poets to Come, by Walt Whitman - Jazz Canto

Rod McKuen - The Yellow Unicorn - The Yellow Unicorn for Hip, Cool, Frantic Beats and Adults Only

Melvin van Peebles - Lilly Done the Zampoughi Everytime I Pulled Her Coattail - Brer Soul

Ken Nordine - Adult Kindergarten - Word Jazz Vol. II

Apr. 14 2014 03:03 PM
tyler from lodi nj

Yo what was the playlist tonight where could I see it?

Apr. 14 2014 12:28 AM
brainimplant from Brooklyn Sunday Night

Where's Ken Nordine in the write-up? Whats wrong with you?

Apr. 14 2014 12:09 AM

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