Monday, April 18, 2011

Lady Day Spring Toned, April Warmly

Show description for Sunday 4/17/2011 @ 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Our annual celebration of Our Lady, the great Lady Day, Miss Billie Holiday!


Billie HolidayYour Mother's Son In LawQuintessential Columbia

Billie HolidayIt's Like Reaching For The MoonQuintessentialColumbia

Billie HolidayPennies From HeavenQuintessentialColumbia

Billie HolidayThey Can't Take That Away From MeQuintessentialColumbia

Billie HolidayIf Dreams Come True QuintessentialColumbia

Billie HolidayNow They Call It SwingQuintessentialColumbia

Countee CullenFrom The Dark TowerA Hand Is On The GateFolkways

Langston HughesI've Known RiversA Hand Is On The GateFolkways

Robert HaydenFrederick DouglassA Hand Is On The GateFolkways

Paul Laurence DunbarWe Wear The MaskA Hand Is On The GateFolkways
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Eric DolphyEclipseOut ThereNew Jazz

Jayne CortezEssence Of Rose SolitudeCelebrations & SolitudesStrata-East

Billie HolidaySolitudeQuintessentialColumbia

Billie HolidaySolitudeFirst Verve SessionsVerve

Sonny RollinsSolitudeWay Out WestContemporary
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Billie HolidayGetting Some Fun Out Of LifeQuintessentialColumbia

Billie HolidayA Sail Boat In The MoonlightQuintessentialColumbia

Billie HolidayHe Ain't Got RhythmQuintessentialColumbia

Billie HolidayBillie's BluesQuintessentialColumbia

Billie HolidaySpreadin' The Rhythm AroundQuintessentialColumbia

Ntozake ShangeSorryFor Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is EnufBuddha

Billie HolidayAin't Nobodies Business If I DoBillie HolidayDecca

Billie HolidayDo Your DutyBillie HolidayDecca

Billie HolidayNow Or NeverBillie HolidayDecca

Ntozake ShangeOneFor Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is EnufBuddha
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Billie HolidayGod Bless The ChildLady Sings The BluesVerve

Sonny RollinsGod Bless The ChildThe BridgeRCA

Billie HolidayGod Bless The ChildBillie's BluesColumbia

Eric DolphyGod Bless The ChildStatusFantasy

Billie HolidayNice Work If You Can Get ItAt NewportVerve

Billie HolidayWillow Weep For MeAt NewportVerve

Mahmood JamalA Gift Of BloodAn Evening of International PoetryAlliance

Mahmood JamalSilenceAn Evening of International PoetryAlliance
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Sterling BrownAn Old Woman RemembersA Hand Is On The GateFolkways

Richard WrightBetween The World And MeA Hand Is On The GateFolkways

Billie HolidayStrange FruitLady Sings The BluesVerve

Billie HolidayStrange FruitStrange FruitCommodore

Billie HolidayBorn To LoveQuintessential Columbia

Billie HolidayLet's Call The Whole Thing OffQuintessential Columbia

Billie HolidayThis Years KissesQuintessential Columbia

Billie HolidayCheek To CheekLady Sings The BluesVerve
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Billie HolidayLady Sings The BluesLady Sings The BluesVerve

Herbie NicholsLady Sings The BluesThe Third WorldBlue Note

Ronald StoneLady Day Spring TonedNew Jazz PoetsBroadside

Archie SheppLady Sings The BluesLive In San FranciscoImpulse

Sunday, April 17, 2011



Lady Day Spring-toned
"Heart in my soul
has got this solo"
(Charley Parker-birds
(a-flat minor fart-
ing perfume
of magenta smells
from a far corner
of a microsmic universe)
stand still
In nowhere air
Lady Day's heart
in her soul
dimension overtones
from 5 dimensional
Pagliacci scenes
we see only 3 dimensionally)
Phony American Charley Morality
ate my flesh
but my soul was
West of horizons to
phony American Charley Morality
Everybody knows trouble
I've seen
like a motherless child
traveling light
through 5 dimensional scenes
foolish fools
see as 3 dimensional scenes
I hungered for you're -my-
thrill-don't-explain love (no, don't explain love)
I thirsted for easy-living-
Trying to find love
found me pain
Trying to give love
gave me pain
Spikes spiking skin pain
swarms of insects stinging pain
Starfire pain
burning in every pore
burning in every blood vessel
burning in every bone marrow
Pain eating like cancer
Pain screaming so loud it's silent
I'm gone now
I'm gone now
Wow I'm gone
21st heaven melody !
Wink-smile-wink rhythm
Cosmic harmony
All 3 bound me
in future futureless
silent sounds
Love's strange fruits
in some other spring
where no pain sings
here in nowhere

Sunday, April 3, 2011

African American Writers & Classical Tradition

Show description for Sunday 4/3/2011 @ 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

This afternoon on the 5 o'clock hour we are joined by James Tatum (pictured above, left), professor emeritus of classics at Dartmouth, to discuss his most recent work, co-authored with William W. Cook (above, right), professor emeritus of English and African American studies at Dartmouth, African American Writers and Classical Tradition.

"This book is a magisterial treatment of sophisticated Black literary artists who deployed the deep and rich resources of Greek and Latin classical texts. The complex phenomenon of Afro-classicism is laid bare for all to apprehend and appreciate!" - Cornel West, Princeton University

"Traditionally, African American literature has been treated like an orphan, shifted from one special-interest home to another where only a few can get that extra serving of porridge. Rarely has the genre been treated as seriously as by Cook and Tatum. Knowing them, I'm sure that this excellent book,
African American Writers and Classical Tradition, is the result of many hours of deliberation. They debunk for all time that African American literature is monotraditional." - Ishmael Reed

New Day Jazz

Justin Desmangles

Jazz music for lovers and the lonely.



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James CarterLayin' In The CutLayin' In The CutAtlantic

Odean PopeBluesUniversal SoundsPorter

Michael Bisio AlabamaTravel
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