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Listening To Jazz Now - Poem by Jimmy Santiago Baca


Listening to jazz now, I'm happy
sun shining outside like it was my lifetime achievement award.
I'm happy,
with my friend and her dog up in Durango, her emailing
me this morning
no coon hound ailing yowls
vibrant I love yous.
I'm happy,
my smile a big Monarch butterfly
after having juiced up some carrots, garlic, seaweed,
I stroll the riverbank, lazy as a deep cello
in a basement bar--

smoke, cagney'd out patrons
caramel and chocolate women in black
shoulder strap satin dresses,
and red high heels.

Comments about Listening To Jazz Now by Jimmy Santiago Baca

  • Gold Star - 15,160 Points Smoky Hoss (12/31/2012 9:57:00 AM)

    Smooth, sweet and melow are these fine words, leaving a lingering feeling of easy contentment. (Report) Reply

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Jazz Poems
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    Jimmy Santiago Baca
  2. 2. The Modest Jazz-Bird
    Vachel Lindsay
  3. 3. «&Nbsp;I'M A Jazz Singer,&Nbsp;&Ra..
    James Emanuel
  4. 4. **the Story Of Jazz Music: Introduction
  5. 5. 1929/The Jazz Age
  6. 6. Hymn To Jazz And The Like
    Eli Siegel
  7. 7. Jazz Orpheus
    Daniel Brick
  8. 8. The History Of Jazz
    Kenneth Koch
  9. 9. Dig My Jazz
    Uriah Hamilton
  10. 10. Jazz Fantasia
    Carl Sandburg
  11. 11. Jazz
    Stanley Cooper
  12. 12. The Jazz Cat Homage To Gato Barbieri
    Daniel Brick
  13. 13. Just Jazz
    Richard Wlodarski
  14. 14. Jazz Fan Looks Back
    Jayne Cortez
  15. 15. Jazz Mama
    Daniel Brick
  16. 16. Jazz And Rainbows
    John Knight
  17. 17. Woodland Jazz
    Wild Bill Balding
  18. 18. London Jazz
    Judith Vriesema
  19. 19. Travel Haiku - St Lucia Jazz Festival
    john tiong chunghoo
  20. 20. Tribute To Jazz Music
  21. 21. **the Story Of Jazz Music: Part-Ii
  22. 22. Jazz
    Mark R Slaughter
  23. 23. Jazz
    Ray Rivera
  24. 24. Jazz And Love
    John Knight
  25. 25. Evenings In Jazz
    Sophia White
  26. 26. Crab Cakes And Jazz
    Candice James
  27. 27. A Poem In The Key Of Jazz
    Chip Rice
  28. 28. All That Jazz
    Kevin East
  29. 29. Smooth Jazz
    Silentpoet Grl
  30. 30. Jazz Trees
    Joseph Narusiewicz
  31. 31. Jazz Doctor: Milford Graves
    Paul Hartal
  32. 32. Some Call It Jazz
    Joseph Narusiewicz
  33. 33. Jazz
    Madrason writer
  34. 34. Jazz Music Haiku
    Chenou Liu
  35. 35. Live Jazz
    Joseph Narusiewicz
  36. 36. The Jazz Lady
    Aldo Kraas
  37. 37. Jazz And Blues
    Edward Kofi Louis
  38. 38. Jazz Man Louis
    Lamar Cole
  39. 39. Candles Of Jazz
    Joseph Narusiewicz
  40. 40. Stars Dancing Jazz
    Emmanuel George Cefai
  41. 41. If Dowager Tzu Hsi Could Sing, She Woul..
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  42. 42. Jazz
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  43. 43. Jazz Flutter
    Diana van den Berg
  44. 44. Jazz That Lady Is
    Madrason writer
  45. 45. Why The Jazz Horn Blows
    Kewayne Wadley
  46. 46. Women Who Play Jazz
    Joseph Narusiewicz
  47. 47. Jazz Found
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  48. 48. Travel Haiku - San Francisco Jazz Festival
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  49. 49. Travel Haiku - New Orleans Jazz And Heri..
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  50. 50. The Trees Are Bare (A Jazz Song)
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Love Poems

  1. «&Nbsp;I'M A Jazz Singer,&Nbsp;&Raquo; She Replied

    He dug what she said: bright jellies, smooth marmalade spread on warm brown bread. "Jazz" from drowsy lips orchids lift to honeybees floating on long sips. "Jazz": quick fingerpops pancake on a griddle-top of memories.     Stop. "Jazz": mysterious as nutmeg, missing fingers, gold,    Less serious. "Jazz": cool bannister. Don't need no stair.      Ways to climb when the sax is there.

  2. 1929/The Jazz Age

    flappers, with tall blond hair, a decade of the doller, bubbles of false prosperity, a crash, a hit, a miss, a sudden dropp in the bankers eyes and face, the start of a new age-the jazz age. the age the stock market crashed, and fell to the ground.........

  3. **the Story Of Jazz Music: Introduction

    THE STORY OF JAZZ MUSIC PART- I INTRODUCTION Before writing about this Jazz Story, I had delved into its checkered history! I had ploughed through many articles and books, Making personal notes, to make Jazz better understood! My love for this music flows in my veins, And from writing its story myself I could hardly restrain! The Atlantic Slave Trade The story begins some four hundred years ago in History, Drenched in the blood and sweat of the black slaves which was no mystery! Painting a sorrowful background to our Jazz Story! It was a time when the English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, and the Dutch, became frantic, - To gain control of the slave trade across the vast Atlantic! Slave trade those days was a profitable business proposition! The funds generated had also financed Britain’s Industrial Revolution! In 1619, a Dutch sailing ship had carried the first lot of fifty slaves from West Africa, - To work in the cotton, tobacco and sugarcane plantations of English colony of Virginia! Only twenty slaves had survived that hazardous Atlantic journey! And here my friends, lies the roots of my Jazz Story! While it is true that in New Orleans - Jazz got cradled and nourished; But it had taken birth in the regions of Western Africa, - Where slave trade had once flourished! Later, many more slaves were transported across, - To work in the plantations of the Southern States of America, * And in their hearts one could hear the tom–tom and drum beats of native Africa! ** Hollers and Work Songs The slaves brought no musical instruments with them, And worked under the whip lash of their white Overseers - in chains! But they had clung to their music which fed their hope and will to survive! And from the depth of their sorrow and suffering, - Sprung the rhythm and beat of their life! While at work they were forbidden to talk to each other, So they sang in a rich sing-song voice, and called out to one another! This was not understood by their whip-wielding Overseers! They also called out and communicated to other work gangs in the distant fields, Who also replied back in a similar fashion, - To make their communication network complete! The ‘hollers’ and ‘work songs’ also did help, The lighten the burden of their treacherous fate! This ‘call and response’ later formed one of Jazz music’s basic elements! As ‘improvised music’ got composed with jazz providing a proper vent! From their tormented soul they sang to wipe away their blues, Giving birth to ‘blue notes’ later - for WC Handy+, - to pay his dues! The slaves longed for freedom and emancipation, And sang their ‘spirituals’ with faith and devotion! While singing they often got into a trance, And felt like the Israelites in bondage in Egypt, - ordained by fate and chance! The Mississippi was like the River Jordan, across which they hoped to see, - A band of Angels coming in their chariots to set them free, - @ From their suffering, drudgery and captivity! Thus ‘improvisation’ becomes a vital ingredient of Jazz music, $ For ‘freedom of expression’ is its distinguishing feature, - which Jazz forever seeks! Thus friends, ‘Jazz’ had come in chains buried deep inside the black man’s soul! With a longing for freedom from torture and pain, - Which was totally beyond their control! The tom-tom beats, work songs, spirituals and the blues, - Were all precursor to Jazz, - and here let me pause, to pay my homage and dues; To those valiant predecessors who had come in chains, Giving a painful birth to ‘jass’, - from which Jazz gets its name! # -Raj Nandy New Delhi 15 Jul 09 Foot Notes: - *Slaves sold at 15 dollars per head! Early 1700s saw 75,000 slaves auctioned! By1800s there were one million slaves in US alone! Slaves came from Senegal, Ashantis, Gold Coast, Niger Delta, Dahomey & the Congo; with a variety of beats and music – buried in their hearts! **The drums were an essential form of communication in Africa! They believed their Gods communicated through their beats! Those drums provided the basic beats for our jazz music! I have delved deep into jazz history! +Blue music= a part of cultural landscape of Southern US by early 1900s; had remained unnoticed till W.C.Handy published his song –‘Memphis Blues’in1914! @Reference famous Negro spiritual song -‘Swing low sweet chariot’! I use to sing in my Missionary School in Calcutta! Slaves had sung them in plantation ‘praise houses’! # ‘Jass’ – originally an Africa-American slang meaning sex! Born in the brothels of Storyville(New Orleans) , & Jasmine perfumes used by the girls! One visiting them was said to be ‘jassed up’! Mischievous boys rubbed out letter ‘J’ from posters announcing-‘Live Jass Show’, making it look like ‘Live ass show’! So ‘ss’ of ‘jass’ got finally replaced by ‘zz’ of jazz! $ “Improvisation”= is the process of spontaneously creating fresh melodies over the continuously repeating cycle of chord changes of a tune, which distinguishes Jazz from all other musical forms - raising it to its own Individualistic Heights! IN CASE OF ANY CLARIFICATIONS –DO SEND ME A MESSAGE! - ALL COPY RIGHTS ARE RESERVED BY RAJ NANDY.-

  4. The Modest Jazz-Bird

    The Jazz-bird sings a barnyard song— A cock-a-doodle bray, A jingle-bells, a boiler works, A he-man's roundelay. The eagle said, 'My noisy son, I send you out to fight!' So the youngster spread his sunflower wings And roared with all his might. His headlight eyes went flashing From Oregon to Maine; And the land was dark with airships In the darting Jazz-bird's train. Crossing the howling ocean, His bell-mouth shook the sky; And the Yankees in the trenches Gave back the hue and cry. And Europe had not heard the like— And Germany went down! The fowl of steel with clashing claws Tore off the Kaiser's crown.

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