Jazz Poetry Jams

Raja Nelson performs in front of a packed house at the Jazz Poetry Jams. Photo by Eric Baker KCUR

ABOUT | HISTORY OF JAZZ POETRY JAMS

Held the third Tuesday every month in The Blue Room, Jazz Poetry Jams offer opportunities for aspiring artists to share their work and gain a better understanding of the relationship between jazz and the spoken word. Poetry workshops are also included as part of the program, guiding students and other artists on a path to finding their creative voices and developing as professional artists.

CREATIVE EXPRESSION, JAZZ AND SPOKEN WORD

Featuring special guest poets of local and national renown, an open mic competition and a live jazz group, Jazz Poetry Jams is a must-see event for lovers of creative expression, jazz and the spoken word. Each session begins with a 30-minute set performed by the house band, followed by a performance from the featured guest poet.The remainder of the session is dedicated to the open-mic competition, where three people are chosen from the audience to judge each poet in three different areas: stage presence, poetic content and delivery.
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