Jazz Poetry Pioneers at Jammin' at the Gem in February


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Roy Ayers
The next concert in the Jammin' at the Gem series features Valentine and Black History Month and a Salute to Jazz Poetry. The Jazz Poetry Jams program at the American Jazz Museum is in its 9th year. The combining of jazz music performance and jazz poetry on the Gem Theater stage in concert is scheduled for Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 8:00 pm with the legendary Roy Ayers performing with jazz poetry pioneers: Louis Reyes Rivera and jessica Care moore.

Vibraphonist/vocalist Roy Ayers is among the best-known, most loved and respected jazz/R&B artist on the music-scene today.

Now in his fourth decade in the music business, Ayers, known as the Godfather of Neo-soul, continues to bridge the gap between generations of music lovers. In the 60's he was an award-winning jazz vibraphonist, and transformed into a popular R&B band leader in the 70's/80's.

Today, the dynamic music man is an iconic figure still in great demand and whose music industry heavyweights, including Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu, 50 Cent, A Tribe Called Quest, Tupac and Ice Cube. Ayers recently recorded with hip hop artist Talib Kweli (produced by Kanye West) and jazz/R&B singer Wil Downing.

Many of Ayers' songs including: “Everybody Loves the Sunshine,""Searchin," Running Away" have been frequently sampled and remixed by DJ's worldwide.

The American Jazz Museum's Jazz Poetry Jams educational program is held the third Tuesday every month in the award-winning Blue Room jazz club. 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.

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.


Located in the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District in Kansas City, Missouri, the American Jazz Museum showcases the sights and sounds of jazz through interactive exhibits and films, the Changing Gallery exhibit space, Horace M. Peterson III Visitors Center, The Blue Room jazz club and the Gem Theater.

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