D.C. Poetry Project member Avis D. Matthews brings us into the present with "Metaphorical," a poem inspired by Lori Williams. Avis introduces Lori here as "a local jazz vocalist who's star has been steadily rising for several years. Every time I hear her live and on recordings I am impressed with the purity and authenticity with which she sings this genre."
The song is
a Pacific wave
when Lori sings it –
high and climbing,
-- Avis D. Matthews
For more information, see Lori's bio here: http://www.lorijazz.com/bio You can see how many different local and international musicians she has worked with. One is pianist Allyn Johnson, director of UDC's Jazz Studies program and a frequent performer at the Strathmore Mansion and elsewhere--speaking of local musicians!
And here is Avis' biography. As you can see, she has many, many talents.
Avis is a reader, poet, essayist, teacher, editor, and singer – in varying order, depending upon the season and the energy. She always is a daughter, sister, aunt, niece, and friend. She has been a high school social studies teacher for eight years and is pursuing an M.A. in American History at the University of Maryland College Park. Her professional work also has included public relations, marketing, journalism, and arts management.
She would fight for: love, children, public libraries, truth, and justice. She wouldn’t want to live in a world without: good people, words, music, and funny stuff.
My husband and I enjoyed listening to these videos that Avis found for us:
(“What About April?”)
(“Afro Blue” medley)
(“How Can I Begin Again?”)
Below is a picture of Lori Williams as Ella Fitzgerald in the local musical Ladies Swing the Blues. She is second from the left.
If you would like more information about the "contest" at this blog, here is the entry where I discuss it:
To see another approach, here is Ed Schelb's "Blue Logic":http://thesongis.blogspot.com/2014/06/blue-logic.html
Enjoy! I hope that Avis (and Lori Williams--and Allyn Johnson) have inspired you to write.