This five-week workshop for adults of any age will be a combination of looking at the genre of Jazz Music as an eclectic way of being that permeates lifestyle, fashion, language, culture and poetry.
The goals of the workshop are to increase the appreciation for and knowledge of this genre of music and the integration of poetry within that frame. To have basic information of the history of Jazz and the musicians who created this art form and the culture it spawned for over one hundred years. To look at the early poets who used the language, signature rhythms and styles to craft a new way of writing and seeing. To look at the performative aspects of Jazz Poetry as its own art form and appreciate the contributions of those early musicians and poets. To have each participant create a chapbook of Jazz poems.
Using various techniques of poetry and oral recitation, participants will create and hone their poetic muscles into crafting Jazz Poems and at the same time critical skills to help write and listen to the music and poetry of this uniquely American art form. Selected music and poetry will be listened to in workshops.
Handouts and a schedule of both works to be listened to, articles on the subject as well as in depth focus on stages of development of chapbook and rewrites as a result of the workshop process.
Budding poets, closet poets and intimidated poets of all levels are welcome.