Jayne Cortez

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  • Onuora Ilodibe Onuora Ilodibe (6/14/2016 4:22:00 PM)

    Beautiful... Talking of new Orleans in time of disaster and great loss.... So sad... Nice poem, more like kaleidoscopic

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Jazz Fan Looks Back

I crisscrossed with Monk
Wailed with Bud
Counted every star with Stitt
Sang "Don't Blame Me" with Sarah
Wore a flower like Billie
Screamed in the range of Dinah
& scatted "How High the Moon" with Ella Fitzgerald
as she blew roof off the Shrine Auditorium
Jazz at the Philharmonic

I cut my hair into a permanent tam
Made my feet rebellious metronomes
Embedded record needles in paint on paper
Talked bopology talk
Laughed in high-pitched saxophone phrases
Became keeper of every Bird riff
every Lester lick
as Hawk ...

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