Auburn, N.Y. — “Pick six words. Any words,” says poet Raymond Nat Turner. He had the students of Booker T. Washington Community Center afterschool program at Auburn High School write them down. Next he told them to pass them to someone else and he gave them six of his own words: Jazz, rainy, splash, Blues, running and brothers.
The unassuming apartment complex at Seventh and Allston doesn’t look much like the cradle of a creative movement, but for spoken-word artist Raymond Nat Turner the West Berkeley locale provided everything he needed to launch UpSurge!
Whynot Jazz Room’s
Why Not Experiment? Series
A potent brew of poetry, politics
In jazz—creating a scene 2015!
Ken Filiano, bass/Lou Grassi, drums/Marshall Sealy,
French Horn/Zigi Lowenberg, poetry/Raymond Nat
7pm Sunday 8 February
14 Christopher St @ Gay St NYC 10014
$10 cover CASH ONLY
“An ensemble that earns its exclamation point with dynamic performances” —Contra Costa Times
“TOUGH FUN” —Holly Near
“blew the audience away with their powerful music and lyrics, which condemned Wall Street and the greedy banks”
Are you ready to commune for an Alternative Veteran’s Day? Then join us Sunday, November 11 at Anna’s Jazz Island when UpSurge will perform several anti-war pieces including premiering a new piece, “Back on Track” by our trombonist and vocalist Angela Wellman. We’re also excited to put our UpSurge sound on classics—we will feature anti-war poems from Allen Ginsberg and Gertrude Stein.
As well, hear anti-war veteran Steve Gilbert, a founding member of the legendary anti-war army newspaper F*T*A*. Steve will speak on his experience with anti-war activism as a GI.
Get inspired, gather strength, renew our commitments to end the carnage. We’re pointing at the grassroots when we exclaim—WE WANT YOU! The best audience in the Bay. Please spread the word and tell two or three others…
Raymond Nat Turner and Zigi Lowenberg-jazzpoets; Angela Wellman-trombone and vocals; Richard Howell-saxes and vocals; Tammy Hall-piano; Ron Belcher-bass; Rob Rhodes-drums.
Sunday November 11
Anna’s Jazz Island
2120 Allston Way