Have you ever pondered how legendary lyricist Lorenz Hart developed his exquisite lyricism? One has to wonder how much of his personal experience living as a gay man in 1920â€™s and 30â€™s America had found its way in the subtle seams of his poetry. Would Nina Simoneâ€™s â€œMississippi Goddamâ€ be as powerful and impactful without understanding the historical and racial context in which this song was written?
Jazz vocalist Thu Ho is excited to try something new at Bird and Beckett Books, joining poet/writer/music historian Jeff Kaliss to present a unique night of music interwoven with thematic poetry and jazz history, backed by the innovative Grant Levin on piano, Ollie Dudek on upright bass, and Mark Anthony Lee on drums. Jeff Kaliss has been writing about entertainment and culture for his entire adult life, contributing feature pieces and album and live reviews for international, national, and regional readers. Together, Thu and Jeff present an enriching, poetic, and multi-dimensional expression of Jazz.
More information at:Â www.thuhomusic.com
Our events are put on under the umbrella of the nonprofit Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project (the "BBCLP"). That's how we fund our ambitious schedule of 300 or so concerts and literary events every year.
The BBCLP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit...
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Gigging musicians! You have nothing to lose but your lack of a collective voice to achieve fair wages for your work!
The IMA can be a conduit for you, if you join in to make it work.
Read more here - Andy Gilbert's Feb 25 article about the IMA from KQED's site