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Appalachian Spring

Members of the Memphis Repertory Orchestra performed Copland’s ‘Appalachian Spring’at their January 28, 2012 concert. William Langley conducts this chamber group of MRO musicians. The MRO performs regularly throughout Memphis, Tennessee — each concert is offered free of charge to give the community free access to classical music.


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A sudden midnight rainbow at work on my studio wall


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Cuban poet Nancy MorejĂłn in a post-luncheon shot with Al Young on the day of her June 13, 2013 reading, a KPFA Event, at Berkeley’s popular La Peña Cultural Center. Joining author-translator-editor Kathleen Weaver onstage, they sat in conversation before a packed, lively house.



Listen to Joe Henderson out beyond the ‘Joe Henderson Lab’ named in his honor

SFJAZZ Center Poetry Festival
| June 6-9, 2013

Four exciting nights of poetry & jazz with Boadiba, George Brooks, Lorna Dee Cervantes, Lucha Corpi, Jack & Adelle Foley, Juan Felipe Herrera, Genny Lim, Michael McClure, Catherine Matovich, Neli Moody, Alejandro Murguía, Claire Ortalda, Dan Robbins, Ishmael Reed, Tennessee Reed, Floyd Salas, Mary Watkins, Al Young | Produced by Ishmael Reed


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Afternoon before the gig in the swank SFJAZZ Center lobby

 “Why Music Makes Our Brain Sing” | NYTimes, June 7, 2013

Catherine Matovich & Claire Ortalda June 2013 _2  Tennessee Reed

Violinist Catherine Matovich, and author Claire Ortalda


Alejandro y Juan Felipe June 2013 Tennessee Reed

San Francisco poet laureate Alejandro MurguĂ­a and California poet laureate Juan Felipe Herrera relax before the show in the Lester Young Green Room at SFJAZZ Center.


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The passionate Lorna Dee Cervantes


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Saxophonist Francis Wong and poet-vocalist Genny Lim


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Jack & Adelle Foley | One troubador and a trobairitz make one twofer — or two troupers

Photos: Tennessee Reed

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Saxophonist George Brooks at piano alongside Beat legend Michael McClure

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Al Young, Michael McClure, Ishmael Reed: Headliners at the SFJAZZ Center’s Poetry Festival Saturday, June 8, 2013 | Read the San Francisco Examiner review


Dan Robbins SFJazzCtr 8June2013  Tennessee Reed

“Dan Robbins, my man. Not only a superb bassist, but an exciting musician with ears as big as his heart.” — Al Young

Al & Dan June 2013
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Kristin Erin Sarah CCA@SFJAZZ Kindness of Strangers

L-R | Kristin Adochio, Erin Ginder-Shaw, Sarah Bushman: three recent California College of the Arts MFA in Writing graduates come to hear their teacher sound and sing.


Jazz Age

Ella Fitzgerald Vintage

A vintage Ella Fitzgerald swings “Mr. Paganini”


Chick Corea and The Vigil at Yoshi’s Oakland | April 2013

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Chick Corea and The Vigil at Yoshi’s Oakland, April 15, 2013 | L-R Chick Corea, guitarist Charles Altura, saxophonist Tim Garland, drummer Marcus Gilmore (bassist Hadrien FĂ©raud and the conguero not yet pictured)


Wayne State University celebrates National Poetry Month in April 2013

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WSU Poetry Concert Cast 2013 Bill Harris

Bassist Marion Hayden, poets Leslie Reese, Al Young, Aurora Harris, Stephen Haven, Melba Boyd


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With M.L. Liebler poet, professor and bandleader in full fluorescence following his morning Introduction to Poetry class at Wayne State University, Detroit, April 2013


Dr. Phyllis Vroom, Deputy President of Wayne State University, a classmate and friend of Al's since high school

Photo: Maccabees at Midtown | Detroit

With Dr. Phyllis Vroom, Deputy President of Wayne State University; a classmate and friend since high school


‘From Monadism to Nomadism: Hybrid Approaches to Cultural Productions’ (A Graduate Student Conference at UC Merced, April 12-13, 2013)

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Italy-based UC Merced graduate students Paola Di Giuseppantonio and Marco Valesi smile with Al

Graduate Student Conference with Al Young

A gathering of UC Merced Graduate students and faculty line up for festive conference shot in lush mid-April light

Al Young Speaking at UC Merced Graduate Conference

‘Culture, Torture, Nurture — Which Can Save Our Planet?’ is the title of Al Young’s keynote address delivered at UC Merced’s graduate conference, April 2013


 Poetry Out Loud California Finals 2013

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Judges at breakfast now ready to jam


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California poet laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, Al Young, Kristin Margolis, Jonathon Bermea, and Brandon Cesmat celebrate the thrill of Round Two of California’s dramatic Poetry Out Loud finals. | Sacramento, March 25, 2013

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University of La Verne and the Huntington Library, March 2013


Al, University of La Verne Dean Jonathan Reed and our splendid Huntington Library tour guide: Laura Stalker, Avery Associate Director of the Library | March 2013

Laurel & Hardy Quiet Please

“sweet spring is your
time is my time is our
time for springtime is lovetime
and viva sweet love”
E.E. Cummings

Cullen to Cummings


Spring Piano Fest 2013 | University of La Verne

Pianists Reed Gratz Gayle Serdan in Concert March 2013  Al Young
Pianists Reed Gratz & Gayle Serdan with Al Young @ LaVerne U 2013 Photo: Kindness of Strangers

Pianists-composers Reed Gratz and Gayle Serdan pose with special guest Al Young following their Two-Piano Concert of jazz & poetry, a featured Spring 2013 Piano Fest event  March at the University of La Verne’s Morgan Auditorium.




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Saucer magnolia tree in full bloom


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UP JUMPED SPRING | a poem by Al Young


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