Tonight as the snow storm continues I'd like to post some of Jack Douthitt's jazz tanka. The first responds to Stephane Grapelli (who is depicted above).
piano riff opens
then the violin
I'm always happy to see a poet who is inspired by "Sing, Sing, Sing," one of my favorites.
Sing Sing Sing
1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert
The band ripped
Carnegie Hall apart
with Sing Sing Sing.
We danced in the aisles
happy and exuberant
(first published in Riffin’Around
a chapbook by Jack Douthitt)
Count Basie at Newport
piano and bass noodle
the rest of the band
can’t stay quiet…
because it’s one o’clock
I hope that you enjoy Jack's jazz tanka. I always enjoy publishing a new-to-me poet, and this time he has brought a new-to-this-blog-zine poetic form. Now that I am teaching my online poetry course again, I am looking forward to sharing these and other poems with my students!
Here is a link about tanka: https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/text/poetic-form-tanka
Let's finish with some music to go with these poems.
Here is a live version of "Runnin' Wild" from 1937, Django Reinhardt joins Grappelli in this performance. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tgmBDx9VJc
Grappelli plays with David Grisman here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMuNjobfR3Y "Sweet Georgia Brown" is a very appropriate song as I have the Warriors game going in the background.
There are many different versions of "Sing, Sing, Sing," but this version is the 1938 Carnegie Hall one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NigiwMtWE0
This video of "Stompin at the Savoy" includes a montage of Goodman and his orchestra: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rifhroClGI
This version of Count Basie's "One O'Clock Jump" is from 1943: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08jyOwx96Ig
Count Basie joins with Sinatra on "Fly Me to the Moon" here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fa4UguKRgNg
Enjoy, and stay safe in this storm!