Sunday, December 30, 2012

R.I.P.: Jayne Cortez

Poet Jayne Cortez has passed away. She died this past Friday, December 28, 2012 at age 76.

She was the author of ten books of poems and nine audio recordings. Her signature style was to recite her poetry with music, usually a live jazz band, a style that could be compared to spoken word. In later years her touring band was called the Firespitters.

Cortez was once married to jazz saxophonist Ornette Coleman and they had one son, jazz drummer Denardo Coleman, with whom she collaborated artistically.


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