2010 Jazz Poetry Concert Highlights

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For the 3rd time in 4 years the City of Asylum/Pittsburgh’s Jazz Poetry Concert has been named the “best jazz concert of the year” by one or more Pittsburgh newspapers. “It was the best jazz concert I’ve seen in years,” Michael Machosky wrote in his annual roundup in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

At the 2010 Jazz Poetry Concert, Yusef Komunyakaa, Horacio Castellanos Moya, Khet Mar, Huang Xiang, Hinemoana Baker, and Maryia Martysevich read their work to the musical accompaniment of a 16-piece ensemble led by jazz legend Oliver Lake.

This video shows highlights of the event, which the poet Yusef Komunyakaa described as “Everyone was digging each other—wordsmiths and musicians—listening closely. If any ghosts of the Beats were hanging around the New Hazlett Theater that night, they were finally learning something about how music and words can reach an unbelievable register of bittersweet truth that’s unforgettable.”

This year the Jazz Poetry Concert will take place on September 10 at 7:30 pm on Sampsonia Way. Tar Baby will be headlining with guest Oliver Lake.

About the Author

Silvia Duarte is the managing editor of Sampsonia Way. She received her degree in Communication Sciences from Rafael Landivar University in Guatemala and her masters in Latin American studies from the Autonomous University of Madrid in Spain. Duarte was editor of El Periódico de Guatemala’s Sunday magazine from 2001 to 2006 and has written scholarly and journalistic articles in Germany, Spain, and the United States. She came to Pittsburgh in 2007 with her partner writer-in-exile Horacio Castellanos.

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