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…