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Intersection of Jazz and Free Verse Poetry

Intersection of Jazz and Free Verse Poetry

Intersection of Jazz and Free Verse Poetry
Wednesday, March 31, 2022
6:00-8:00 PM EST online

WWBA is delighted to present our first event in our new series Intersections: African American Voices of Democracy! Join us online in collaboration with The John and Alice Coltrane home for a jazzy, swingin’ night featuring poet and jazz singer E. J. Antonio, hip hop musician Dudley Music, and Grammy-winning music historian, author and producer Ashley Kahn, and WWBA Writer-in-Residence George Wallace.

This event has a $5.00 suggested donation:


E.J. Antonio received fellowships in Poetry from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Hurston/Wright Foundation, and the Cave Canem Foundation. She’s appeared as a featured reader and performer at venues in the NY tri-state area, including Why Not Jazz Room; Arts Westchester; The Stone; the Hobart Festival of Women Writers, The Vision Festival, and Langston Hughes House.  

Her work has been published in various journals, magazines, and anthologies, including: the Encyclopedia Project, African Voices Literary Magazine, Black Renaissance Noire, The Mom Egg, Killens Review of Arts & Letters, Taint Taint Taint Magazine, and About Place Journal. E.J. is the author of two chapbooks, Every Child Knows (Premier Poets Chapbook Series 2007) and Solstice (Red Glass Books 2013), and a solo jazzoetry CD Rituals in the marrow: Recipe for a jam session. E.J. is a founding member of the Jazz & Poetry Choir Collective, which released its debut CD We Were Here in Spring 2020, and a founding Board Member of the non-profit Arts organization One Breath Rising. 

Dudley Music is a Long Island-based Hip-Hop artist, producer, and Jazz musician, playing saxophone, keys, guitar, drums, flute, clarinet and MPC. He performs, curates and hosts events around Long Island, NYC and neighboring east coast cities. 

When he is not creating or performing, Dudley is contributing to the growth of Long Island’s community of musicians and visual artists. Dudley is a regular at Rockwood Music Hall and recently performed at The Blue Note and Brooklyn Bowl, two of NYC’s premier live music venues. Dudley spent the Summer of 2019 on stage supporting artists like Talib Kweli, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Sublime with Rome, Slightly Stooped, Gladys Knight, and Patti Labelle. 

 His debut EP, On My Way, was released in the Spring of 2016. With support from Hip Hop legend Talib Kweli, an extended version of the project was made available at Talib’s online store, Dudley’s sophomore EP, Rely On Me, was released December 20, 2019. 

Ashley Kahn is a Grammy-winning music historian, author and producer, a wearer of hats, is wary of autocrats, loves jazz but is allergic to cats. He has written titles on legendary recordings—A Love Supreme by John Coltrane, and Kind of Blue by Miles Davis—and on a record label: The House That Trane Built: The Story of Impulse Records; and co-wrote Carlos Santana’s autobiography The Universal Tone: Bringing My Story To Light. His most recent book, George Harrison on George Harrison: Interviews and Encounters was published in August 2020. He teaches at New York University’s Clive Davis Institute for Recorded Music

George Wallace is Writer-in-Residence at the Walt Whitman Birthplace (2011-present), first poet laureate of Suffolk County NY, former laureate of the International Beat Poetry Festival and author of 38 chapbooks of poetry. An adjunct professor with the English Department at Pace University in Manhattan and at Westchester Community College, Wallace is editor of PoetrybayPoetryvlog, and Walt’s Corner, and co-editor of Great Weather For Media and Long Island Quarterly. His most recent publication is Resistance Is A Blue Guitar (Blue Light Press).

This event is part of WWBA’s series Intersections: African American Voices of Democracy. Read more about the series here: