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  • Singer Ann Hampton Callaway: Listen Now

    October 23, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Singer Ann Hampton Callaway talks with Rhonda Hamilton about "From Sassy To Divine," her CD tribute to Sarah Vaughan, which she peforms Oct. 23 at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola in New York. Enjoy!

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  • Blues Singer Marcia Ball Live At WBGO: Listen Now

    October 22, 2014. Posted by Tim Wilkins.

    Blues singer & pianist Marcia Ball performs live at WBGO and talks with Michael Bourne about her inspirations and album Alligator Man & The Tatooed Lady. Enjoy!

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  • Poetry Month: Sean Singer - "Treatise on Hank Mobley"

    October 21, 2014. Posted by David Tallacksen.

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    October is Newark Poetry Month and WBGO joins the celebration!

    Sean Singer
    Sean Singer

    Sean Singer is an American poet based in New York City. His book "Discography" won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Competition and the Norma Farber First Book Award in 2001.

    Treatise on Hank Mobley

    Mobley talked about revolution.
    Asterisk, palladium, forever unjaded.

    He talked about two lives—the one we learn with
    and the one we live after that.

    Mobley slowly moped,
    as if he was impersonating himself

    in order to annihilate it.
    Mobley referred explicitly to everyday life,

    “I put my heavy form on them, then I can
    do everything I want to do.”

    Think of Leeuwenhoek,
    smaller and upside-down

    through his own lens,
    to capture the place as a sound,

    yet in making that sound,
    tightened the grasp on the material

    that supported his question.
    Mobley talked about what is subversive about love.

    When the door to a room closes,
    the light, orange as a feather, under.

    Mobley was positive about the refusal of constraints.
    Strung out, his rung in the ladder broke, as

    anyone who can swing can get a message across—
    People who talk about revolutions

    and not these things
    have corpses in their mouths.