Drums Everywhere Drums - Jayne Cortez & The Firespitters - Poetry & Music
Label: Tradition & Moderne - 106 • Series: Women In (E)Motion • Format: CD Album 3-Panel Digipak • Country: Germany • Genre: Jazz, Non-Music • Style: Poetry, Political, Spoken Word, Avant-garde Jazz
Jayne Cortez May 10,  — I Am Your Mistress - The Nuns - Ominous 28, was an African-American poet, activist, small press publisher and spoken-word performance artist  whose voice is celebrated for its political, surrealistic and dynamic innovations in lyricism and visceral sound. Her writing is part of the canon of the Black Arts Movement.
She was married to jazz saxophonist Ornette Coleman —64and their son is jazz drummer Denardo Coleman. Her father was a career soldier who would serve in both world wars; her mother was a secretary. She is the second-born of three children with an older sister and a younger brother. At the age of seven, she moved to Los Angeleswhere she grew up in the Watts district.
She studied art, music and drama in high school. Later she attended Compton Community Collegebut dropped out of her course work due to financial difficulties. InCortez married jazz saxophonist Ornette Coleman when she was 18 years old. Their son Denardoborn inbegan drumming with his father while still a child and devoted his adult life to collaborating with both parents in their respective careers. Active in the struggle for Civil Rightsshe collaborated with famous Civil Rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer and strongly advocated using art as a vehicle to push political causes, with her work being used to register black voters in Mississippi in the early s.
Melham, Cortez spoke on its influences on her work, saying, "Being unemployed and without food can make you very sad. But you weren't the problem. The problem Sleepin On Jersey - Naughty By Nature - 19 Naughty III before you knew there was a problem. The problem is the system, and you can organize, unify, and do something about the system.
That's what I learned. In her first collection, Pissstained Stairs and the Monkey Man's Wareswas published and Cortez went on to become the author of 11 other books of poems, and performed her poetry with music on nine recordings. Most of her work was issued under the auspices of Bola Press, a publishing company she founded in From toCortez was an English teacher for Rutgers University.
Her poems have been translated into 28 languages and widely published in anthologies, journals and magazines, including Postmodern American PoetryDaughters of AfricaPoems for the MillenniumMother Jones The Passing - Tim Weisberg - Listen To The City, and The Jazz Poetry Anthology.
His work appeared in her publications as well as on some of her album covers. Cortez died of heart failure in Manhattan, New York, on December 28, The musicians with whom Cortez aligned herself reflected the sociopolitical and cultural elements to which she attached the greatest importance.
Born in Fort Huachuca, Arizona, inshe grew up near Los Angeles under the spell of her parents' jazz and blues record collection, which also included examples of Latin American dance bands and field recordings of indigenous American music. Raised in a musically artistic household, in "some of her poems about musicians, Cortez addresses the dark side of a life in music, exploring the addiction and loneliness that many believe are inherently linked to a life in the performing arts.
She became transformed by the sounds of Duke EllingtonSarah VaughanCharlie ParkerDizzy Gillespieand no-nonsense vocalist Dinah Washingtonwhose visceral approach to self-expression clearly encouraged the poet not to pull any punches.
Cortez, who respected the memory of independent performing artist Josephine Bakerpreferred to name inspirations rather than influences, especially when discussing writers.
Her words were usually written, chanted, and spoken in rhythmic repetition that resembled the intricate, tactile language of Untitled-3 - Chlorine Gargle - Archaic Sumerian and Caribbean drumming. Most of her work from the early s onwards was issued by Bola Press, the publishing company she founded.
A set of duets with bassist Richard Davisit was released on the Strata-East label. For years, the Firespitters and Ornette Coleman's Prime Time coexisted with Denardo as the axis and various players participated in both units. During the summer ofCortez delivered There It Isan earthshaking album containing several pieces that truly define her artistry.
Recorded inher next album, Maintain Controlis especially memorable for Ornette Coleman's profoundly emotive saxophone on "No Simple Explanations," the unsettling "Deadly Radiation Blues," and the harshly gyrating "Economic Love Song," which is another of her tantrum-like repetition rituals, this time built around the words "Military spending, huge profits and death.
Her impact upon the development of spoken-word performance art during the late 20th century has yet to be intelligently recognized.
In some ways her confrontational political outspokenness and dead-serious cathartic performance technique place Cortez Drums Everywhere Drums - Jayne Cortez & The Firespitters - Poetry & Music league with Judith Malina and The Living Theater. According to the Drums Everywhere Drums - Jayne Cortez & The Firespitters - Poetry & Music African-American Registry, " her ability to push the acceptable limits of expression to address issues of race, sex and homophobia place her in a category that few other women occupy.
FranklinCheryll Y. Until shortly before her death Cortez had been planning an OWAA symposium of women writers to be held in Accra, Ghanawhich took place as scheduled, in her honour, May 16—19, Blue and The Firespitters. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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