On April 23, I will return to the Clarion Philadelphia Airport Hotel for the Spotlight on Jazz and Poetry live show – Inspired Distinctions. Clary Corley Sr. is the mastermind behind this wonderful series based on his monthly podcast series that can be found here. I’m a member of the house band together with Philly musicians Kimpedro Rodriguez, Jason Fraticelli, Nasir Dickerson, and Shenole Latimer. Our job is to introduce the jazz portion of the night with a handful of selections that represent the voices of the current music scene and dig deep into jazz traditions – here is a bit from last year’s musical portion. Often a regional vocal star will join us – this year it is vocalist/ TV and film producer Barbara Montgomery. Barbara has worked as producer, supervisor, lighting designer and more for major TV shows and movies during her years at NBC. She has also toured the world and recorded six CDs with her arrangements and originals. Find out more about Barbara here.
For the poetry portion, we usually have several poets join us and we’ll create an interactive piece together, finding the right mood and harmonies that underscore the meaning and expression of the words. This is the unique part of the program that takes the audience on a journey that can’t be experienced anywhere else. The process of improvising together, listening and reacting and the collaborative empathy creates a community that comes together towards the same goal – expressing what makes humanity special through the arts. I love those moments when the whole room is pulsing together and everyone is along for this special journey.
Let me introduce this year’s poets – and if you’re anywhere close to Philadelphia, follow this link and make your reservations today.