The “Three Dot Update”…An occasional flurry of news and information, Vol. 2

May 9th, 2020




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…..Some things to share with you on this very sad day – sad because of the health and economic havoc COVID-19 continues to wreak on the world, but also because of the passing of Little Richard, a pillar of rock and roll whose combination of success and flamboyance in the 1950’s changed the way we looked at musical and performance artistry.  His artistic success was most linked to the 1950’s, but because his influence was apparent on emerging rock artists of the 1960’s – the Beatles, Stones, Creedence, among them – his impact on popular culture remains a constant.  To read his obituary in today’s Rolling Stone magazine, click here

…..This coming Tuesday, May 12, the spring collection of poetry will be published.  This edition features over 30 poets and nearly 50 poems, and will include the art of Martel Chapman. To read the winter collection, click here…Two weeks ago I had the privilege of interviewing Maria Golia, author of Ornette Coleman: The Territory and the Adventure, which is a well researched, brilliantly written profile of a complex, daring, and critically important contributor to the world of music and art.  That interview should be published by month’s end…Meanwhile, I have arranged a late May  interview with Philip Clark, author of Dave Brubeck: A Life in Time, with the hope of publishing it in June.  The book’s introduction is being excerpted from the book in its entirety, and will be published here later this coming week…

…..A reminder to short fiction writers that the deadline to submit your story for consideration in the 54th Jerry Jazz Musician Short Fiction Contest is May 31.  Submission details and guidelines can be found by clicking here…To read Paul Perilli’s “Market and Fifth, San Francisco, 1986,” the winning story in the 53rd contest, click here

…..Finally, amid all the sadness and chaos that currently unites and divides, an experience we all have in common is the fact that the first person we laid eyes on in this world was our mother. It is difficult to imagine any bond more deep and powerful than that, and it conjures up a warmth the world is very clearly yearning for in these dark days.  Blessings for a Happy Mother’s Day…





In 2001, Dave Brubeck recorded the album The Crossing, and many of the songs he wrote for it were dedicated to various important people in his life.  This song, “Bessie,” was dedicated to his mother.



In preparing for the interview with Philip Clark on Brubeck, I have been revisiting many of his recordings.  So many great pieces and way too many to recommend, but this one “Autumn in Washington Square” from Jazz Impressions of New York (1965), has really stuck on me



My favorite Ornette Coleman records are those he recorded for Contemporary and Atlantic (c. 1958-1961)…His 1972 album Skies for America — one long composition performed by the London Symphony Orchestra — is worth a re-listen, especially as an appropriate backdrop to our times.  “Sunday in America” is cinematic and deeply moving.  (Ornette’s own playing is pretty limited, as it is throughout the entire album).





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In This Issue

"Nina" by Marsha Hammel
A Collection of Jazz Poetry — Winter, 2024 Edition...One-third of the Winter, 2024 collection of jazz poetry is made up of poets who have only come to my attention since the publication of the Summer, 2023 collection. What this says about jazz music and jazz poetry – and this community – is that the connection between the two art forms is inspirational and enduring, and that poets are finding a place for their voice within the pages of this website. (Featuring the art of Marsha Hammel)

The Sunday Poem

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“Lady Day and Prez” by Henry Wolstat

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Proceeding From Behind: A collection of poems grounded in the rhythmic, relating to the remarkable, by Terrance Underwood...A relaxed, familiar comfort emerges from the poet Terrance Underwood’s language of intellectual acuity, wit, and space – a feeling similar to one gets while listening to Monk, or Jamal, or Miles. I have long wanted to share his gifts as a poet on an expanded platform, and this 33-poem collection – woven among his audio readings, music he considers significant to his story, and brief personal comments – fulfills my desire to do so.

Publisher’s Notes

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A very brief three-dot update…Where I’ve been, and an update on what is coming up on Jerry Jazz Musician


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“And I’m Not Even Here” – a poem by Connie Johnson

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"Lester Leaps In" by Tad Richards
"Jazz and American Poetry," an essay by Tad Richards...In an essay that first appeared in the Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Poetry in 2005, Tad Richards - a prolific visual artist, poet, novelist, and nonfiction writer who has been active for over four decades – writes about the history of the connection of jazz and American poetry.


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Interview with Gary Carner, author of Pepper Adams: Saxophone Trailblazer...The author speaks with Bob Hecht about his book and his decades-long dedication to the genius of Pepper Adams, the stellar baritone saxophonist whose hard-swinging bebop style inspired many of the top-tier modern baritone players.

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Three poets and Sketches of Spain


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Interview with Judith Tick, author of Becoming Ella Fitzgerald: The Jazz Singer Who Transformed American Song...The author discusses her book, a rich, emotionally stirring, exceptional work that explores every element of Ella’s legacy in great depth, reminding readers that she was not only a great singing artist, but also a musical visionary and social activist.

Trading Fours with Douglas Cole

Trading Fours with Douglas Cole is an occasional series of the writer’s poetic interpretations of jazz recordings and film. This edition is influenced by Stillpoint, the 2021 album by Zen practitioner Barrett Martin


Jason Innocent, on “3”, Abdullah Ibrahim’s latest album... Album reviews are rarely published on Jerry Jazz Musician, but Jason Innocent’s experience with the pianist Abdullah Ibrahim’s new recording captures the essence of this artist’s creative brilliance.

Short Fiction

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Short Fiction Contest-winning story #64 — “The Old Casino” by J.B. Marlow...The author's award-winning story takes place over the course of a young man's life, looking at all the women he's loved and how the presence of a derelict building informs those relationships.

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Book Excerpt

Book excerpt from Jazz with a Beat: Small Group Swing 1940 – 1960, by Tad Richards

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"Jazz Trio" by Samuel Dixon
A collection of jazz haiku, Vol. 2...The 19 poets included in this collection effectively share their reverence for jazz music and its culture with passion and brevity.

Jazz History Quiz #171

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In addition to being one of the greatest musicians of his generation, this Ohio native was an activist, leading “Jazz and People’s Movement,” a group formed in the late 1960’s who “adopted the tactic of interrupting tapings and broadcasts of television and radio programs (i.e. the shows of Johnny Carson, Dick Cavett [pictured] and Merv Griffin) in protest of the small number of Black musicians employed by networks and recording studios.” Who was he?

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.“Community Bookshelf, #2"...a twice-yearly space where writers who have been published on Jerry Jazz Musician can share news about their recently authored books. This edition includes information about books published within the last six months or so…

Contributing Writers

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Coming Soon

An interview with Tad Richards, author of Jazz With a Beat: Small Group Swing, 1940 - 1960;  an interview with Laura Flam and Emily Sieu Liebowitz, authors of But Will You Love Me Tomorrow? An Oral History of the 60's Girl Groups;  a new collection of jazz poetry; a collection of jazz haiku; a new Jazz History Quiz; short fiction; poetry; photography; interviews; playlists; and lots more in the works...

Interview Archive

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Click to view the complete 22 year archive of Jerry Jazz Musician interviews, including those recently published with Richard Carlin and Ken Bloom on Eubie Blake (pictured); Richard Brent Turner on jazz and Islam; Alyn Shipton on the art of jazz; Shawn Levy on the original queens of standup comedy; Travis Atria on the expatriate trumpeter Arthur Briggs; Kitt Shapiro on her life with her mother, Eartha Kitt; Will Friedwald on Nat King Cole; Wayne Enstice on the drummer Dottie Dodgion; the drummer Joe La Barbera on Bill Evans; Philip Clark on Dave Brubeck; Nicholas Buccola on James Baldwin and William F. Buckley; Ricky Riccardi on Louis Armstrong; Dan Morgenstern and Christian Sands on Erroll Garner; Maria Golia on Ornette Coleman.

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