Poets House Members

THU 30 JUL Poets House Members-only Open Mic (Zigi Lowenberg; Raymond Nat Turner)
10 River Terrace, New York, NY 10282 Tel: (212) 431-7920 Map & Directions

NYC Poetry Festival Governors Island

SAT 25 JUL NYC Poetry Festival Governors Island, Colonel’s Row
For directions to Governors Island, click here. Zigi Lowenberg; Raymond Nat Turner)

Poetry reigns in Auburn with Aaduna

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.

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Poetry and jazz: Surging together in Berkeley

Raymond Nat Turner: playing Friday at the Berkeley Art Festival performance space on University Avenue. Photo: courtesy Raymond Nat Turner


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!

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Whynot Jazz Room

Whynot Jazz Room’s
Why Not Experiment? Series
Presents UpSurge!
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
Turner, poetry
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”
—People’s World

Anna’s Jazz Island

Anna de Leon, Barbara Dane and Angela Wellman









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
7:00 PM
Anna’s Jazz Island
2120 Allston Way