Paul Reads at Jackson St. Jazzwalk

Jackson Street was once the epicenter of Jazz in Seattle. Not sure there is one anymore, but you can hear live Jazz in town at places like Tula’s, Jazz Alley, the Royal Room and other venues. On April 1, 2017, my long-time collaborator and world-class flute player, composer, arranger and bandleader Jim O’Halloran, has asked me to read some poems accompanied by the band and I am delighted to do so. The place is the Lake Chad Cafe at 1712 S. Jackson, where I have enjoyed many meals and many fine sets by Jim and his bands of various composition. This time he’s pulling out all the stops, as his email blast and poster (below) illustrate. I hope to see you there.

As part of the Jackson St. Jazz Walk, we are excited to be playing at Lake Chad Cafe—Jim on flutes, Farko Dosumov on bass, Royce Shorter Jr. on drums with special guests Lance Lu percussion; Jay Mabin harmonica, Marina Albero keyboards; and Cuban-Irish poet Paul Nelson. 

Paul will be joining us throughout the evening, Lance on the second set, Jay on the third set, and Marina on our fourth set.  Meanwhile, there will be lots of other music going on up and down Jackson Street! The usual great food, welcoming atmosphere at Lake Chad Cafe’—-all ages, full bar.

Check out Farko here. And Royce here: Lance here: Jay here. and Marina here.

P.S. How Jim billed me is accurate, somewhat, but I get a kick out of it so leaving it in.

About Splabman

Paul Nelson is founder of SPLAB (Seattle Poetics LAB) in Seattle, the Cascadia Poetry Festival and the August POetry POstcard Fest (PoPo). He has published a collection of essays, Organic Poetry & a serial poem re-enacting the history of Auburn, WA, A Time Before Slaughter (shortlisted for a 2010 Genius Award by The Stranger) and American Sentences, a book of 17 syllable poems drawn from the first fourteen of his 20 years of daily practice. The tenth anniversary edition of that book includes Pig War: & Other Songs of Cascadia. He’s interviewed Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Wanda Coleman, Anne Waldman, Sam Hamill, Robin Blaser, Nate Mackey, Eileen Myles, George Bowering, Diane di Prima, Brenda Hillman, George Stanley, Joanne Kyger & many Cascadia poets (see: has presented his poetry and poetics in London, Brussels, Bothell, Cumberland, BC, Qinghai and Beijing, China, Lake Forest, Illinois, Ukiah, CA, and other places & writes an American Sentence every day.
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