Jazz Is Where It's At

Jazz Is Where It's At

A Poem by James

A trip through any southern city will give you a taste of several musical genres, everything from gospel, folk, country, bluegrass, and jazz. Many times they blend together into something special.


I was born in the Bluegrass state

and I love to hear the fiddle strings hum.

Banjo pickers get all the fame

and you can hear the clogger's heels

tapping through the holler

But when I'm down on the river front

and in the mood to play

I crave the pull of the slide trombone,

and the sad moan of a saxophone

gets me in the mood.

So quit sending me all these bluegrass tunes

Scruggs and Flatt, and all that;

cuz baby, Jazz is where it's at.

© 2017 James

Author's Note

This poem will be featured in the July/August issue of Jersey Jazz, the monthly journal of the New Jersey Jazz Society

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Lately I've been listening to a band called the shotgun jazz band from new orleans on youtube. Good poem. :)

Posted 2 Months Ago

This describes so much of my favorite music! Good job using many strong sensory & musical word choices! Thanks for the friend request & I'm glad to see you back. I hope you'll be able to stay awhile! (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 2 Months Ago


2 Months Ago

I really don't write much anymore, but I still want too. I wrote this little poem sitting in a hotel.. read more
As your poem suggests, I think we like to hear different music depending on where we are. That river front in your poem sounds a nice place to be! I like the melody of your poem.

Posted 5 Months Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.


5 Months Ago

It was a fun trip. I wrote this in a hotel lobby in Chattanooga, TN earlier this year. I'm glad yo.. read more
Improvisation, syncopation, and a regular or forceful rhythm - what more could you poetically ask for! :-)

Posted 6 Months Ago

All are wonderful genres in a gorgeous city and state. This was a perfect take on this with mood enhancers...:).................

Posted 7 Months Ago

a jazzy feel to your words. this made me smile. punchy ending. listening to some jazz now as i read.

Posted 9 Months Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.


9 Months Ago

Sweet, glad you enjoyed this...and enjoy the music
Man, you sure got your groove on there, Daddy-0 :)

Posted 9 Months Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.


9 Months Ago

haha, Thanks, I guess I was just in the mood. Glad you enjoyed this.
Love this one,cause jazz is the best music,full of life and toe tapping;-]

Posted 9 Months Ago

Musical words from a happy foot.tapping, best music type man. Could hear the change of mood and music mid to ending. Let's be honest though, or let me.. all music makes for happiness if you choose right!

Still like the music running through your words.. reads like lyrics.. but then, you already know that.

Posted 9 Months Ago

Aloha James, there's nothing like Davis or Coltrane spilling into a room a bit of Simone and Fitzgerald too. I have a taste for that era of jazz. A great poem. Izzy

Posted 10 Months Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.


10 Months Ago

I've kind of been into it lately. Thanks.
Island Hippy

10 Months Ago

You're welcome

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12 Reviews
Added on April 16, 2017
Last Updated on May 10, 2017
Tags: Jazz, Music, River, Southern



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