This was another stellar event in the Sanctuary for Independent Media's Fall schedule, the jazz poet Jayne Cortez & drummer Denardo Coleman. She often performs & records with her band The Firespitters, but tonight it was just words & drums & that was jes' fine, more: it was great.
Many of the poems she performed tonight I found in her 2002 collection from Hanging Loose Press, Jazz Fan Looks Back. During the books signing I overheard Jayne Cortez say she'd only been her once before. In "the world's largest collection of photos of unknown poets" I found a couple shots of this famous poet when she read (no band, no drummer) at the Writers' Institute in February, 1989.
Jayne Cortez should come back more frequently -- & the next time bring the band.