poetry and jazz
Gwendolyn Brooks Oct. 28 and Harry
James Oct. 29
Prize-winning poet Gwendolyn Brooks, one of America's most revered
cultural figures, will join a host of other notable guests at
U.Va. Oct. 28 for an evening devoted to African-American poetry.
The event will also feature jazz by the Free Bridge Quintet, with
vocals by Kyra Gaunt, assistant professor of music.
8 p.m. program, open to the public in Old Cabell Hall Auditorium,
marks the University
Press of Virginia's publication of Harlem Gallery and Other
Poems of Melvin B. Tolson, edited by U.Va. English professor Raymond
Nelson, and The Furious Flowering of African American Poetry,
a major collection of interviews and essays, edited by James Madison
University English professor Joanne V. Gabbin.
Brooks, Nelson and Gabbin will be Tolson's son, Melvin B. Tolson
Jr., and U.Va. English professor and former U.S. poet laureate
Rita Dove, who wrote an introduction to the new Tolson collection.
Department of Music will hold two events Oct. 29 focusing
on the life and music of trumpeter Harry James. A panel discussion
at 2:15 p.m. in 107 Old Cabell Hall will include U.Va. alumnus
Peter Levinson, author of Trumpet Blues, The Story of Harry James;
music faculty Scott DeVeaux and John D'earth; and Louise Baranger
and Jeannie Dennis, who performed with the Harry James Orchestra.
The U.Va. Jazz Ensemble, led by John D'earth, will perform that
night at 8:15 p.m. in Old Cabell Hall Auditorium, with Dennis
singing and Baranger on trumpet. Levinson will give a pre-concert
lecture in 107 Old Cabell Hall, and will sign copies of his book
at the reception following the concert.
Tickets for the concert are $10 general and $8 or 8 ARTS$ for