Oliver Lake & OGJB Quartet
September 19th & 20th
Two unique concerts will feature Jazz Poetry founding artist Oliver Lake with his rarely seen supergroup OGJB (Oliver Lake, Graham Haynes, Joe Fonda, and Barry Altschul), a “leaderless” quartet of jazz innovators who find freedom in ecstatic rhythms and purely democratic improvisation. Each night celebrates radically different music and ideas with poets Alicia Ostriker and Justin Philip Reed among others.
Thursday, September 19th at 7:00 pm
Lake and his OGJB quartet perform a sweeping composition, “Follow the Sound” with poet, activist, and critic, Alicia Ostriker. Ostriker has received fellowships and awards from the NEA and the Guggenheim. In 2015 she was elected as Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. Poets Takako Arai, Easther Chigama, Efe Duyan, and City of Asylum Exiled Writer-In-Residence, Osama Alomar, will also perform.
Friday, September 20 at 7:00 pm
Lake and the OGJB quartet return to the Alphabet City stage to perform their prescient jazz epic “Justice” alongside poet Justin Phillip Reed. Reed’s full-length collection, Indecency (Coffee House Press, 2018), was the winner of the National Book Award. Takako Arai, Easther Chigama, Efe Duyan and City of Asylum Exiled Writer-in-Residence, Tuhin Das will also perform.city of asylum, jazz