WORDS & MUSIC
The third Tuesday of Jazz Appreciation Month at the 7 Mile was celebrated by Renaissance man Don Alberts and his Renaissance Band, showcasing not only Don's ear-friendly original compositions but also his kinetic poetry, which your blogger was privileged to present alongside some versification of his own. (I got to read "I'll Remember Andrew", written on-site at Andrew Speight's gig the other night. Should I post it here?) We were joined by a third poet with a manifestly fine set of jazz ears: John Macon King, publisher of the Mill Valley Literary Review (http://www.millvalleylit.com). Don and the Band provided marvelous motivational accompaniment to the readings. Visiting from the Bird & Beckett, a treasured hybrid of bookstore and performance space (with an active calendar of jazz, http://www.birdbeckett.com), was the venue's owner, Eric Whittington.
Yet another of Don's diverse talents, his authorship of books of poetry, music charts, jazz history, and so on, was on display at the book table during the break between sets, alongside the the two vital compilations of photos and bios of "Bay Area Jazz and Bluesicians" by Jessica Levant, who was there with jazz factotum Linda McGilvray to manage sales. (If you missed your chance, click Jessica's site at http://www.bayareajazzandbluesicians.com.)
Thanks to 7 Mile owner Vanessa Garcia for extending the "appreciation" in Jazz Appreciation Month to poetry, allowing us versifiers more time than usual to do our thing. Those who heard it, did you enjoy it? Do you want more? You can comment below, so please do, and you don't have to rhyme.