‘Jazz Meets Poetry Series’ starts Sept. 28 at The Nash

The genius of jazz masters Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie will be celebrated in words and sounds as poets and jazz musicians converge on The Nash stage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, for the first show of The Nash’s new Jazz Meets Poetry series.

The Nash is at 110 E. Roosevelt St. in downtown Phoenix on Roosevelt Row.

Jazz and poetry have a long history that these events seek to embrace. The series places poets and jazz musicians on the same stage to make art that is expressive, interactive, and unforgettable. Jazz musicians will improvise and accompany poets as they perform works based on the evening’s theme. The series kicks off Sept. 28 with a Tribute to Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie.

“Gillespie and Davis were two of the great trumpet players in jazz history,” said Jeff Libman, vice president of The Nash Board of Directors. “Both were members of Charlie Parker’s quintet, the most important bebop group. Their styles were totally different from one another. Gillespie was fiery and virtuosic, and Davis tended to play more sensitively and with great nuance. Their sounds are iconic and instantly recognizable.”

‘Jazz Meets Poetry Series’ starts Sept. 28 at The Nash

The genius of jazz masters Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie will be celebrated in words and sounds as poets and jazz musicians converge on The Nash stage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, for the first show of The Nash’s new Jazz Meets Poetry series.

The Nash is at 110 E. Roosevelt St. in downtown Phoenix on Roosevelt Row.

Jazz and poetry have a long history that these events seek to embrace. The series places poets and jazz musicians on the same stage to make art that is expressive, interactive, and unforgettable. Jazz musicians will improvise and accompany poets as they perform works based on the evening’s theme. The series kicks off Sept. 28 with a Tribute to Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie.

“Gillespie and Davis were two of the great trumpet players in jazz history,” said Jeff Libman, vice president of The Nash Board of Directors. “Both were members of Charlie Parker’s quintet, the most important bebop group. Their styles were totally different from one another. Gillespie was fiery and virtuosic, and Davis tended to play more sensitively and with great nuance. Their sounds are iconic and instantly recognizable.”