Jazz Angels (Revised)

K.C. Jazz Angels

For Milton Morris

Bill Basie playing sweet riffs

Swinging “One O’Clock Jump”

12th Street, Reno Club

Lester Young’s hot tenor sax blowin’

chorus with the Count




Jazz Angels

Wild jump blues, shake the bandstand

Reefer dances, drifts

like a voodoo blue haze

up from the band.

Charlie Parker, looking for that swing fix

too young to blow

leans over the balcony

digging Lester under a crawdad moon,


Woodsheds on stoops,

back alleys, waiting for the nod.




Jazz Angels

6 Responses to Jazz Angels (Revised)

  1. johemmant says:

    Scot the fact that I immediately spotted the changes is testament to how good the poem is — it had gone straight into my head! I like the revisions, they work perfectly though it was great before……I also like how you revise in this way, I sneak back in and make changes constantly, which I really shouldn’t do (laughing).

  2. Scot says:

    I can’t help sneaking back in–it is a constant process, but I usually don’t repost them. I had to on this one. Thanks for the visit!

  3. great atmosphere you’ve evoked here, very jazz

  4. Scot says:

    Green Poet
    Thank you for the comments and stopping in. Let the sun shine in Scotland!

  5. nochipa says:

    Hidy Scot,

    I love what you’ve done with the rhythm of this piece, the way you grouped the words together to give it a true “jazz” sound. I don’t think I would have thought to do that and I think it makes it so rich and full of life. You’ve personified a place and an era in this piece. I read carefully and I can honestly say that I don’t see anything that I feel should be changed. The images and the sounds of this peice are just astonishing.


  6. Scot says:

    Thanks for the read and stopping in. 🙂

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