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Jazz and The Spoken Word

June 14, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


As part of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, Jazz Haven presents “Jazz And The Spoken Word,” an experience in the rhythmic world of “spoken word artists,” floating over the sounds of a live jazz trio, reflecting the culture of Jazz in America.

The free event will feature master musicians Jesse Hameen II, on drums, Jeff Fuller, on bass, and pianist Darren Litzie. Spoken-word artists Kate Rushin, Giacomo Gates, Craig O’Connell, Luisa Piemontese, Frank Cochran, Stanley Welch and others will perform original works and famous jazz poetry to the trio’s swinging grooves. Space is limited, and reservations can be made here:  https://www.artidea.org/tickets/26402?spektrix_bounce=true

This event will take place at the New Haven Museum, 114 Whitney Avenue, New Haven on Friday, June 14 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

The event is also an open invitation to the spoken-word community to participate in this unique art form.

There is a rich tradition of the interface of jazz musicians and spoken-word artists. Famous spoken-word jazz collaborations include those by Gil Scott Heron, the “Godfather of Modern Rap,” Jon Hendricks, the “Poet Laureate of Jazz,” stand-up comedian Lord Buckley, poet Amiri Baraka, jazz pianist and composer Jason Moran, and more.

“Jazz and The Spoken Word” is an important component of Jazz Haven’s mission to explore the full breadth of the culture of jazz in New Haven this summer, bringing together poets, musicians, photographers, painters and other artists whose works are influenced by the jazz experience in America.

Jazz Haven is grateful to Mayor Harp and the City of New Haven’s Department of Arts, Culture & Tourism for their on-going support.


June 14, 2019
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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New Haven Museum
114 Whitney Avenue
New Haven, CT 06510 United States
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