An Evening of Jazz & Poetry at The Bing
Lost Horse Press proudly presents An Evening of Jazz & Poetry at Spokane’s Bing Theater on May 1, 2013 featuring the Jazz & Classical Duo of Leon Atkinson, guitarist, and jazz pianist Burton Greene, with poets Christi Kramer and Maya Jewell Zeller. The performance begins at 7:30 pm and tickets are $20 at the door. The evening’s program will include jazz selections by Burton Greene and Leon Atkinson, as well as solo guitar and piano pieces. To complement the program, poets Christi Kramer and Maya Jewell Zeller will read several of their original poems, with musical enhancement. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $15 for students, and may be purchased at the door on the evening of the concert. For additional information, please contact Lost Horse Press at 208.255.4410 or email the Press at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Internationally acclaimed in both classical guitar and the world of jazz, Leon Atkinson studied with Andre Segovia in Spain. He holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, the School of Performing Arts, and the International Course of Music, Santiago de Campostela, Spain. Maestro Andre Segovia said of his playing, “It’s easy to see that you play straight from your heart.” Leon’s musical journey has taken him around the world, allowing him to share the stage with the likes of Ron Carter, Mary Lou Williams and the Alvin Ailey Ballet. In 1974 he debuted at Town Hall, and the following year he played Carnegie Hall. Leon is the host of NPR’s popular program, The Guitar Hour. For over three decades, Leon Atkinson has shared his gift, and inspired countless players with his love for the guitar.
Burton Greene is a free jazz pianist born in Chicago, though he is most known for his work in New York City. He has explored a variety of genres, including avant-garde jazz and the Klezmer medium. Greene rose to popularity during the 1960s on New York’s free jazz scene, gigging with well-known musicians, including Alan Silva and Marion Brown. With Alan Silva he formed the Free Form Improvisational Ensemble in 1963. He joined Bill Dixon and Cecil Taylor’s Jazz Composers Guild in 1964, and played with a number of other artists, including Rashied Ali,Albert Ayler, Gato Barbieri, Byard Lancaster, Sam Rivers, Patty Waters, and others. He moved to Europe in 1969, first to Paris, then to Amsterdam. During the late 1980s he began exploring the Klezmer tradition in his groups Klezmokum (along with Perry Robinson), Klez-thetics, and a more recent group called Klez-Edge. Since the mid-1990s Greene has often performed and recorded in New York and many other US cities. Greene’s recent performance and recorded groups include a duet with bassist Mark Dresser; a quartet with trumpeter Roy Campbell, Lou Grassi and Adam Lane; a trio with Ed and George Schuller on bass and drums; and a quintet with the Schuller brothers, Russ Nolan on saxes and flute and Paul Smoker on trumpet. His autobiography, Memoirs of A Musical Pesty-Mystic, was published in 2001 by Cadence Jazz Books.
Christi Kramer, born in northern Idaho, holds an MFA from George Mason University and is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of British Columbia. Her poetry can be found in The Enpipe Line; Foreign Policy in Focus; Sojourner’s Magazine; Beltway Quarterly; Best New Poets 2007; Practice New Writing & Art; and Lost Horse Press’s anthology I Go to the Ruined Place: Contemporary Poems in Defense of Global Human Rights.
Maya Jewell Zeller grew up in the Pacific Northwest. Born at home in the upstairs apartment of her parents’ gas station on the Oregon coast, Maya has been a high school teacher, cross country and track coach, an editor, a college professor, and most recently, a mother. Her poetry has won awards from The Florida Review and Crab Orchard Review, and appears widely. Her first book, Rust Fish, was recently published by Lost Horse Press. She currently lives in Spokane with her husband, daughter and son, and teaches English at Gonzaga University.