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In This Issue

The winter collection of poetry offers readers a look at the culture of jazz music through the imaginative writings of its 32 contributors. Within these 41 poems, writers express their deep connection to the music – and those who play it – in their own inventive and often philosophical language that communicates much, but especially love, sentiment, struggle, loss, and joy.

Submissions were received from nearly 100 poets from all over the world for this collection, for which I am humbled by and ever grateful. Such participation confirms to me that there is a desire among poets and readers for a publication devoted to the richness of this music and culture, and its inspiration for creativity.

I hope you enjoy…

(The collection features the art of Henry Denander)






Who doesn’t recall their feelings upon first hearing Johnny Hodges?  The rich warmth of his luscious tone was instantly memorable.   The emotional, succulent sound of his instrument floated from the speaker so luxuriously it could make even a staunch atheist imagine the existence of heaven.  His music elicited wonder, cool, and passion.


In a Jerry Jazz Musician interview, Con Chapman, author of Rabbit’s Blues:  The Life and Music of Johnny Hodges – the first-ever biography of the immortal musician – talks about the enigmatic man and his unforgettable sound.


Also in this issue…lots of new poetry and short fiction, an interview with Paul Lopes, author of Art Rebels:  Race, Class and Gender in the Art of Miles Davis and Martin Scorsese;  a new edition of Great Encounters; a new Jazz History Quiz, and lots more…


photo by Veryl Oakland

Veryl Oakland’s “Jazz in Available Light” — photos (and stories) of violinists Joe Venuti, Stephane Grappelli, Jean-Luc Ponty, Zbigniew Seifert, and Leroy Jenkins

In this edition, in a post titled “The Burgeoning Violin Wave,” Mr. Oakland’s photographs and stories feature the great violinists Joe Venuti, Stephane Grappelli, Jean-Luc Ponty, Zbigniew Seifert, and Leroy Jenkins

photo by William Gottlieb/Library of Congress

Interview with Con Chapman, author of Rabbit’s Blues: The Life and Music of Johnny Hodges

In a Jerry Jazz Musician interview, Chapman talks about the first-ever biography of Hodges, the enigmatic saxophonist and unforgettable musical titan.

Photo/CC0 Public Doman

Short Fiction Contest-winning story #52 — “Random Blonde,” by Zandra Renwick

…..I’ve been bitter a long time. It’s like sucking a wedge of lemon on and on and on, pulp disintegrating, everything dissolving until the flavor turns mellow and mild, almost sweet. I’ve been bitter so long it’s hard to know anymore how anything should feel…

Interview with Gerald Horne, author of Jazz and Justice: Racism and the Political Economy of the Music

Horne, described by Cornel West as “one of the great historians of our time” – talks about the exploitation of musicians of color and women that was profound within the economy of jazz music during its most glorified era.

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