Sam Charters – Jack Kerouac’s Jazz – 3 (Monk, Dizzy and Bird)

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part 3 – Monk, Dizzy and Bird Sam Charters: I thought I would talk about the three black performers that Jack talks about so specifically – Thelonious Monk and Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker.

Thelonious Monk, was one of the most challenging of the three and played with them. Thelonious, unlike the other two, had severe technical limitations . I remember watching him at the Five Spot and I was always afraid when he played one of those descending runs he was going to beak his wrist, because he just never seemed to be able to quite get it together! – and
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Sam Charters – Jack Kerouac’s Jazz 2 – Jack and Jazz

[Jack Kerouac, 1959 – Photograph by John Cohen]

Following on from yesterday’s introductory note. Here’s transcription of Sam Charters’ lively talk at the 1982 Naropa Kerouac Conference –  on Kerouac and jazz (“Jack and Jazz”) – Mr Charters, it should be noted, is not responsible for the illustrations and the various, sometime random, hyper-links,  but we hope he won’t be too disappointed in them)(And, as a complimentary experience, we  would also recommend David Brent Johnson “Jazz and Jack Kerouac” on his estimable Night Lights series) 

Sam Charters: I was talking last night to Edie Parker, wonderful, beautiful Edie
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Sam Charters – Jack Kerouac’s Jazz – 1 – (Intro)

SAM CHARTERS[Sam Charters]

This weekend – jazz weekend, we’ll present legendary jazz scholar, Sam Charters  (in a talk given on July 26, 1982 at The Naropa Institute, Boulder, Colorado, on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary On The Road Conference) –  “Jack’s Jazz’ Today, just a few brief moments from his opening remarks. Tomorrow, a full transcription of his lucid talk. 

[note – none of the illustrations or the hyperlinks are the responsibility of Sam Charters  –  this recording begins in media res – Charters has been just playing a series of  representative early swing band recordings] 
SC: …what you’ve been hearing is a series … Read More

Jazz and the Beat Generation

Jazz and the Beat Generation

from On The Road –  “They ate voraciously as Dean [Neal Cassady], sandwich in hand, stood bowed and jumping before the big phonograph, listening to a wild bop record I had just bought called “The Hunt,” with Dexter Gordon and Wardell Gray blowing their tops before a screaming audience that gave the record fantastic frenzied volume.”Allen Ginsberg – on “Howl” “Lester Young, actually, is what I was thinking about. “Howl” is all “Lester Leaps In”. And I got that from Kerouac. Or paid attention to it on account of Kerouac, … Read More

Lester Young’s Birthday

Lost Treasures from Jazz's Golden Age Head to Harlem Museum [Lester Young – “Prez” – (1909-1959)]

August 27 – It’s Lester Young‘s birthday today  Henry Ferrini‘s upcoming  film biography is our focus. More on that essential documentary here. Drummer Tootie Heath recalls Lester’s lingo, Wayne Shorter recalls apprenticeship with Prez, George Wein recalls sitting-in, Monica Getz recalls travelling on the bus, David Amram, in 2009, speaking of the exuberance of Lester Young As Ralph J Gleason memorably put it, “If you don’t know who Pres was, you’ve missed a great part of America”. Here‘s the original “Lester Leaps In”Read More

Expansive Poetics – 104 (Weird Juxtapositions)

[John Ashbery – The Little Tower of Babel, (2010) – collage 15.2 cms x 20.3 cms – courtesy Tibor de Nagy Gallery] (Weird juxtapositions) – Gregory Corso is a master of this. He actually took this method beyond the Surrealists and beyond any others that I know, in his book Happy Birthday of Death, and had a series of brilliant single-word poems – “Bomb” (which we have in here (in our anthology)), “Marriage – taking a concept or an idea (an idea-word, not just the word but the idea-word) – and then writing down, wittily, all the archetypal associations … Read More

Expansive Poetics – 103 – (Vítězslav Nezval)

[Vítězslav Nezval (1900-1958)]

AG:  It’d be funny to write a poem (like “The Voice of Robert Desnos”)  that’s totally extravagant in confidence, and then followed by a line that’s a complete flop, announcing a complete failure of power, to go back and forth from line to line, that’d be a funny one – a funny exercise. “I own the Empire State and the Woolworth Building,/the landlord is coming to take me away from my hovel.”..”I declare war on Mars,/I just got arrested for jaywalking around the block”..”My armies will conquer Nicaragua [editorial note, this is 1981],/That fat teacher … Read More

January, 1959 – The Big Table Howl

photo:  chicago review[Irving Rosenthal & staff at Chicago Review]

 Clockwise: Gregory Corso, Allen Ginsberg, Peter Orlovsky, Paul Carrol, Chicago at time of Big Table reading, January 1959. c. Allen Ginsberg Estate [Gregory Corso, Allen Ginsberg, Paul Carroll, Peter Orlovsky, Chicago, 1959 – Photograph  courtesy Allen Ginsberg Collection][The first issue of Big Table]

The 1959 Big Table Chicago reading of “Howl” is our special feature this weekend. A recording of this historic reading is available here(“Footnote to  Howl” is here)Also read on that occasion were “Sunflower Sutra”, “A Supermarket in California”, “Transcription of Organ Music”, “America”, “In Back of the Real”, “A Strange New Cottage in Berkeley“, “Europe! Europe!” and “Kaddish, part 1“The whole reading (Allen’s reading in … Read More

Friday Weekly Round-Up – 187

[Ed Sanders (accompanied by Steven Taylor) reads William Blake‘s Auguries of Innocence on the occasion of Ed’s 75th birthday celebrations, held at the Bowery Poets Club in New York last week]

Hal Wilner's Freedom Riders[Hal Willner]

[Hal Willner and Lenny Pickett, Bearsville Studios,December 
1987, mastering the Lion For Real.Photo c. Allen Ginsberg Estate]

This coming Tuesday, August 26,
 at 10PM, in New York City, at John Zorn‘s experimental music space, The Stone, an Allen Ginsberg poetry set with Hal Willner (voice) and Doug Weiselman (guitar, clarinet), Jane Scarpintoni (cello) and Kenny Wollesen (drums). The set (the second of two sets, the first is … Read More

Expansive Poetics 102 – (Robert Desnos)

Robert DesnosAG: We also have, moving on fast to Robert Desnos, who died in a concentration camp during World War II – 1900 you’ll find him.. [Allen is referring here to his listing in the classroom anthology] – “The Voice of Robert Desnos” – “So much like the flower and the current of air/like the waterway like the shadows passing everywhere/like the smile glimpsed this amazing evening at midnight/so much like everything happiness and sadness/it’s yesterday’s midnight lifting its naked torso above/belfries and poplars./ I’m calling those lost in the countryside/the old corpses the young oaks just cut down/the shreds of … Read More