World Poetry Radio Show Celebrated Scott Reviews with his new album, Without a Trace on September 27, 1-2 PM PST on CFRO 100.5 FM.
Also, featured were: YIOULA IOANNOU PATSALIDOU from Cyprus with a lovely Peace Poem and Rabia Ahrar , sister of World Poetry Youth Director Alaha Ahrar who sent in a moving spiritual poem . In addition, Ariadne Sawyer, MA, read some poems from her upcoming book. Poetic News and a short story from the Big Bessie Series by Sharon Rowe. Great thanks to sound engineer Kerry Bruckner who kept the show on the air.
In the fascinating interview with Scott, two aspects stood out. One the difficulty that Jazz Musicians have in making a living in their careers due to the digital changes in the industry. Even Jazz clubs have had to close their doors due to high expenses. He also said that young Jazz musicians need to follow their passion and not give up. We got a lot of feedback to his remarks, with folks asking about possible solutions. We wish Scott Reeves great success on his new CD and also his upcoming trip to Japan.
We would like to thank Braitwaite and Katz as well as Katherine Growdon for sending us this talented musician.
Scott Reeves : Scott Reeves is a trombonist, alto flugelhornist, composer, arranger, author, and college jazz educator. A Chicago native, he attended Indiana University where he received his B.M. in trombone and his M.M. in jazz studies. Over the years he has studied improvisation with David Baker, Woody Shaw, and Kenny Werner; arranging with Manny Albam, Mike Abene, Jim McNeely and Mike Holober; and trombone with Thomas Beversdorf, Lewis Van Haney and Dennis Smith. Since 1976, Scott has been teaching jazz at the university level and currently teaches at The City College of New York, CUNY, where he holds the rank of tenured Full Professor. Scott previously held positions at the Juilliard School, the University of Southern Maine, Virginia Commonwealth University, Memphis State University and Western Washington University. Scott frequently presents workshops and concerts throughout the U.S., Canada, Japan, and Italy, and is a long-time composer participant in the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop in NYC. Scott’s most recent recordings are the 2018 release, “Without a Trace” and the 2016 release “Portraits and Places” by the 17-piece Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra. Other recordings under his leadership include his quintet recordings, “Shape Shifter” (featuring Rich Perry) and “Congressional Roll Call” (featuring Bill Mobley, James Williams & Kenny Werner), as well as “Tribute” by his 4 trombone/3 rhythm septet, Manhattan Bones. Scott can also be heard as a sideman on four CDs by the Dave Liebman Big Band, as well as the Bill Mobley Big Band double-CD “Live at Smoke.”
The show included the talented poet Barry Plamondon with his new book. Also a beautiful obitual letter to Late Waheeda Tasmia Peeran by her soulmate. Dr. S.L. Peeran. A poem by inspirational correspondent Jeanne Probst , Poetic News, a story by Sharon Rowe and an except from Victor Swartzman’s new book, completed the show.
French-born, New York-based saxophonist Stéphane Spira grew up with jazz the old- school way: in late-night jams and cutting sessions. A protégé of longtime Chet Baker pianist Michel Graillier, Spira’s jazz career has taken him from 4 AM basement sessions in the underbelly of Paris, through acclaimed collaborations with trumpeter Stéphane Belmondo and pianist Giovanni Mirabassi, to the cutting edge of New York jazz. Trained as an engineer, Stéphane sharpened his chops off the books, after hours, immersing himself in a hard-edged milieu. Working in electronics during the day, he nevertheless found the time to compose and play. Perhaps since he honed his chops in the depths of the jazz underground, Spira was spared the awkwardness of growing up in public: Spira’s “remarkable maturity” (Radio France), has not gone unnoticed by the critics. Having dedicated himself exclusively to jazz since a final engineering gig in the Arabian desert in the mid-zeros, Spira has three previous critically acclaimed albums as a bandleader: First Page, Spirabassi (a duo collaboration with pianist Giovanni Mirabassi) and Round About Jobim, a tribute to the father of bossa nova featuring Lionel Belmondo’s acclaimed Hymne au Soleil ensemble. Spira’s fourth album as a bandleader, In Between, features more of the strikingly translucent, disarmingly catchy compositions that continue to characterize his work.
Thanks to all Jazz.com, Braithwaite and Katz plus Katherine Growdon .
**Gobi Desert, where our wonderful WP Advisor Sendoo Hadda writes his poems in the summer.
Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Café Radio Show, August 9, CFRO 100.5 FM welcomed the talented poet Kevin Morris from the UK at 1:10 PM, PST Website – https://newauthoronline.com and rising young New York-based singer-songwriter Allegra Levy’s new album Looking at the Moon is out SteepleChase Records. https://www.allegralevy.com/ She will be on the next feature. WP Team: Ariadne Sawyer, MA, host and producer, Victor Swartzman, sound engineer, Sharon Rowe, special volunteer. Music by Andy Vine and Allegra Levy. Thanks to Braithwaite and Katz publicists.
Note from Kevin: “I am pleased to be able to let you know that “The Writer’s Pen” is now available, in the Amazon Kindle store for preorder and can be found here. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GD1LBMV/ “
“I was born in Liverpool (UK) on 6 January 1969. I lost the majority of my eyesight at 18-months-old due to a blood clot.I am a braille user and have happy memories of leafing through “The Oxford Book of English Verse” and other poetry collections in the school library. (I attended The Royal School for the Blind, followed by Saint Vincent’s School for the Blind, both of which still exist and are located in Liverpool). I read history and politics at University College Swansea and graduated with a BA (joint hons) and a MA in political theory. During my time at Swansea I participated in the student’s sailing club and have pleasant memories of swimming in the sea when the boat capsized! In 1994 I moved to London where I now live and work. I began writing poetry seriously in 2012. Much of my poetry is inspired by the environment. I am lucky enough to live close to an historic park in the Upper Norwood/Crystal Palace area (a suburb of London).Being visually impaired I use Job Access with Speech or JAWS software which converts text into speech and braille enabling me to use a standard Windows computer or laptop. My collection of poems, “The Writer’s Pen and Other Poems”, will be published in September 2018.”
The Writer’s Pen
You accuse me of hiding in my ivory tower. I answer that I have no power, Other than my pen Which when It scratches Sometimes catches The truth of the matter, Causing the fine porcelain Of your ideals to shatter, Revealing the stain Called human nature. For each man is a prater And the writer’s pen Can interpret the hearts of men.