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Jazz Ready: 15 Minutes (more or less) of Unexpected Pleasure.

Jazz Ready: 15 Minutes (more or less) of Unexpected Pleasure.

By La Sirena Magdalena
Life is jazz: unexpected poems for those who think they don't like poetry. Sometimes you'll hear the poetry of music, theater, story. Unexpected guests in unexpected times. Always original! Often premieres.
Your host: Magdalena Gómez, Poet Laureate of Springfield, MA
Jazz Ready. Episode 226. S3. Nejma Nefertiti, Hip-Hop Queen. Jayne Wayne The Villain!
Nejma Nefertiti brings on the fullness of her power, pure and raw truth. Be ready to feel and be inspired.
March 17, 2022
Jazz Ready. Episode 225. S.3 Lloyd Schwartz, Poet Laureate of Somerville, MA
Award winning poet and scholar, Lloyd Schwartz, shares a reading of his original work. He is an Academy of American Poets, Poets Laureate Fellow.
January 10, 2022
Jazz Ready. Episode 223. S3. Award Winning Poet, Dancer, Diviner, Monica Mody.
Sit in a cozy chair, put on headphones (if you have them) and take the journey,
November 02, 2021
Jazz Ready Episode 222. S3. Lyrical Faith. Award Winning Poet. Activist. Educator. Bronx in the House!!
From the Bronx to Harlem and around the world - a poet who works to make the world better for us all.
October 24, 2021
Episode 221. S3. Media Illiteracy. A shoutout to TYPEHOUSE Literary Magazine and a Little Birthday Something.
La Sirena Magdalena just lets it flow. One take. One breath.
October 07, 2021
Jazz Ready. 219. S3. Voces Del Silencio - Festina Lente - Colombia, ¡Presente!
Episodio en español. No se lo pierdan y compartan el link! Hip-Hop de sonido muy original.
August 29, 2021
Jazz Ready. Episode 217. S3. Jean Saunders Duling. Poet. Visual Artist. Educator.
Jean visits us from Maine, where she lives with her family.
July 06, 2021
Jazz Ready. Episodio 216. S.3 Boda en el Bosque
Dedicado a E y A y todos los abecedarios del mundo.
June 17, 2021
Jazz Ready. Episode 215. S3. Genesis Fermin. Singer. Songwriter. Musician. New Album. (I encourage listening while spinning in a chair - joy will be yours!)
Genesis Fermin shares an intimate moment and a cut from their new album that will lift your heart!
June 07, 2021
Jazz Ready. Episode 214. S.3: Rashaud Colbert. Athlete. Scholar. Attending to Mental Health in Sports.
A recent graduate of Clarke University, Rashaud helps us close out Mental Health Awareness Month, with some wise advice.
May 29, 2021
Jazz Ready. Episode 213. S.3. For Palestine, with Love. A Poem by La Sirena Magdalena. "The Occupation of Bread" Soundscapes by La Sirena.
I dedicate this episode the the people of Palestine and all who walk in solidarity beside them.
May 23, 2021
Jazz Ready. Episode 211. S3. Anja Lee. Actor. Playwright. Educator. A New Play Preview.
You've seen Anja Lee on television and stage. Experience her creative spirit up close and personal.
May 12, 2021
Jazz Ready. Episode 210. S.3 Luqman Brown with Dope Sagittarius. NYC-based Rock-Punk-Funk Fusion. I Can Feel Their Grammy Now!!!
Check out two cuts from their new album: SACRED PLACES. After you give a listen here, give a view to their videos!
May 01, 2021
Jazz Ready. Episode 209. S.3 Nina Lydia Olff Poet. Visual Artist. Researcher. Luminescence. Many Tribes, Many Nations.
Nina joins us once again - Jazz Ready listeners, we heard you!
April 27, 2021
Jazz Ready. Episode 207. S3. Afro Yaqui Music Collective Returns with a New Album - "Maroon Futures" Revolutionary Love on Fire!!!! Episodio Bilingüe
Duende y Machete! The Revolutionary A Team Here for Our Jazz Ready Global Community. Bilingüal Episode.
April 18, 2021
Jazz Ready. Episode 205. S3. For All Women: The Holiness of NO! And: A Call for Poets!
If you identify as a woman then you ARE a woman, so YES this is for you.
April 11, 2021
Episode 204. S3. Nina Kennedy Back Again! Concert Pianist. Award Winning Author. Reads from Her New Memoir and Ignites the Piano!
A great way to celebrate Spring and all new creations and re-creations. Reclaiming being alive! 
April 04, 2021
Episode 203. S3. Rethabile Masilo. Poet. Professor. Scholar. Lesotho in the House!
So much to learn when we choose to truly see.
March 29, 2021
Episode 201. S3. Fred Ho and the Afro Asian Music Ensemble. "Strange Fruit Revisited"
Honoring those who have died at the brutal hand of revisionist history and hate crimes.
March 20, 2021
Episode 200. S2. Tantra Zawadi. Maria Luisa Arroyo. Poets. Zoe Lemos. Singer-Songwriter. Roque aka Neville Mtsweni. Music Producer.
Poetry, Music and a Chance to Dance into a New Day and the Next 100 Episodes!
March 18, 2021
Episode 196. Season 2. George Goodwin. Poet. Boat Builder. Traveler.
George is now one of our Jazz Ready regulars and we are always happy to have him return.
March 16, 2021
Episode 195. Season 2. Beverly Naidus. Poet. Artist. Scholar. Activist. Dr. Bob Spivey Scholar. Activist. Poet. Musician. Identity/Jazz
Beverly Naidus and Dr. Bob Spivey, have been practicing/imaginative/innovative artists and activists for decades and still going strong!
March 15, 2021
Episode 192. S2. Nathalia Hernández Ochoa. Poet. Photographer. Painter. Scholar. Poetry in Spanish and English.
"May we re-center our spirits and feed our souls to keep our joy of living." NHO
March 10, 2021
Episode 191. S2. Nina Lydia Olff. Poet. Visual Artist. Join her on a poetic journey out of despair.
Nina Lydia Olff is the author of the poetry collection: Many Tribes, Many Nations. Sea Venture Press. Wellesley, MA.
March 05, 2021
Episode 190. S2. Rashaud Colbert, Clarke University Student. Never Give Up On Yourself: A Personal Reflection.
Rashaud Colbert is from Chicago. Illinois and will be graduating from Clarke University on May 15th, 2021.
March 02, 2021
Episode 189. S2. SoSoon. NYC Emcee. Producer. Filmmaker. Apparel Owner. A Tribute to the Working Class.
Award winning Hip-Hop artist SoSoon had been introduced to Jazz Ready by another JR artist, Galen Passen (Episode 68)
February 18, 2021
Episode 188. S2. Noelle McManus. Poet. Scholar. Educator. Polyglot. Original Poems in Spanish and English.
Noelle comes to us referred by Jazz Ready Angel, Dr. Luis Marentes.
February 04, 2021
Episode 187. S2. Citlalli Berruecos. Periodista. Cuentista. Profesora y Mucho Más! Episodio en español, con sorpresa especial.
Jazz Ready welcomes Citlalli Berruecos. Journalist. Storyteller. Professor. Spanish Language Episode.
January 28, 2021
Episode 186. S2. Bridget Loudon. Singer/Songwriter and Producer. Ign!te the M!c in the House!
16 year-old Bridget Loudon premieres a new song on Jazz Ready!  
January 17, 2021
An Audio Letter from La Sirena Magdalena to Our Beloved Listeners.
We want to hear from you. To encourage comes from the French that means "to give another heart." Will you share your heart with us?  And no, we are not asking for money.
January 12, 2021
Episode 185. S2. Two Globally Renowned Artists: Taylor Ho Bynum. Jazz Composer & Musician. Matthea Harvey, Poet. Librettist. "The Temp" An Oratorio.
Taylor Ho Bynum, in my estimation, is a living jazz legend, as well as being a teacher and writer for such publications as the New Yorker, Point of Departure, and Sound American.
January 11, 2021
Episode 183. S2. Kevin Scott. Composer. Conductor. A New Year's Eve Concert of Celebration and Remembrance.
Listen with closed eyes or gently blindfolded; don't just listen, enter the music, as together we step into 2021. We will make it through and we will thrive together.
January 01, 2021
Episode 182. S2. Nina Lydia Olff. Poet. An Excerpt from her book: "American Heritage: Many Tribes, Many Nations"
Nina, is an artist in everything she does - from her paintings, photographs, hand painted shirts and so much more - and she is a formidable poet.
December 27, 2020
Episode 181. S2. Leo Hwang. Poet. Singer. Songwriter. Composer. Scholar. A musical journey with feels from Zappa to Korean Pansori Tradition.
Dr. Leo Hwang is currently working at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Tune in to learn more about him.
December 23, 2020
Episode 180. S2. Singer-Songwriters, Diana Alvarez and Seth Glier Drop a Brand New Take For A New Day On An Old Holiday Song!
Putting the Revolution Back into Christmas! You Will Hear It Here First!!
December 17, 2020
Episode 179. S2. Fred Ho and the Afro Asian Music Ensemble: Turn Pain Into Power!
Catch this energy and let it carry you into your power in 2021!!
December 15, 2020
Episode 178. S2. George Goodwin. Poet.
George has seen the world - and now he looks into the greater universe.
December 11, 2020
Episode 177. Sandy Chapin, Poet. Activist. A Reading from Her Poetry Collection: "State of Disunion"
When many hear the classic song, "Cat's In The Cradle" they think of Harry Chapin. The lyrics to this Gold Record were written by his wife, Sandy Chapin. Learn more about her in this episode of Jazz Ready!
December 08, 2020
Episode 176. S2. Nina Kennedy. World Renowned Concert Pianist and Author, Reads and Performs for Jazz Ready Listeners! "Practicing for Love: A Memoir"
"...for the first nine years of my life I never saw the stars." -from "Practicing for Love"
December 03, 2020
Episode 175. S2. A Reading from Persian Mystical Poet, Hafiz.
Khwāja Shams-ud-Dīn Muḥammad Ḥāfeẓ-e Shīrāzī, known by his pen name Hafez and as "Hafiz", was a Persian poet, whose works are regarded by many Iranians as the height of Persian literature. 
November 24, 2020
Episode 174. S2. Flight or Visibility (aka Rafael Natan). Brand new track! Just landed yesterday!! Who says hardcore truth-telling isn't fun?
Creative collaborators: Flight or Visibility; Surefire Cure; Natan Wythe; Kaitlin Crull; Nicole Pompei; Otto Klammer; Cameron Seymour-Hawkins; Guadalupe Campos.
November 22, 2020
Episode 173. S2. D. Dina Friedman. Poet. Two Time Pushcart Prize Nominee.
Dina joins us again with her most recent work. 
November 18, 2020
Episode 172. S2. George Goodwin. Poet and Boat Builder.
To live and be in the "just beyond."
November 16, 2020
Episode 171. S2. Shanta Lee Gander. Award Winning Poet.
Award winning author, Shanta Lee Gander reads from her original work.
November 12, 2020
Episode 170. S2. For Women Only on Election Day 2020.
For women and mature girls only.  Recommend for ages 16 and older.
November 03, 2020
Episode 169. S2. Nina Lydia Olff. Poet.
Nina's work has been read on Jazz Ready before; this time you'll be hearing it in her own inimitable poet's voice. Stark. Raw. Real. 
October 29, 2020
Episode 168. S2. George Goodwin. Poet.
George Goodwin is back! 
October 23, 2020
Episode 167. S2. Citlalli Berruecos, Cuentista, Escritora. Su columna, "Tengo algo que decirte" se encuentra en la revista, Mujer es Más, publicada en México.
Un cuento de una experiencia verdadera de lo que es cruzar (la maldita) frontera. Tambien, cuentitos verdaderos que tienen que ver con el Día de los Muertos.
October 22, 2020
Episode 166.S2. Magdalena Gómez. Poet. For the Warriors of Ayiti.
Written after the devastating earthquake of 2010 in Ayiti (Haiti) and the U.S. response. To not forget is different from remembering. I refuse to forget.
October 18, 2020
Episode 165. S2. Jacquelyn Grant Brown. Poet. Shares Three Original Poems.
Join us to welcome a new member of our Jazz Ready global community. Arts. Love. & Resistance.
October 13, 2020
Episode 163. S2. Anaís Azul. Composer. Singer. Songwriter. Lyricist. Anaís shares a new bilingual release. Peru in the house!!
We welcome Anaís and all of their colleagues performing a brand new release for our Jazz Ready global community!
October 08, 2020
Episode 162. S2. Cornelius Eady. International Poet. Playwright. Composer. Musician. Eady is back again with a brand new song!
Cornelius Eady is a beloved member of our Jazz Ready global community who always makes time for us!
October 07, 2020
Episode 161. S2. Lau Malaver. Latinx Performer. Fiction Writer. Poet. A Bilingual Episode. Un Episodio Bilingüe. Colombia in the House!
Lau Malaver joins us from the University of Colorado, Boulder. If you wish to learn more about Lau, visit:
October 05, 2020
Episode 160. S2. María Luisa Arroyo Cruzado. Multilingual Poet. Educator. Poeta Boricua in the House!!
Learn about María Luisa's handbook for Middle School Students! She reads for us in Spanish and English. You can also hear her on Jazz Ready Episodes: 25; 83; 115; 160  
September 30, 2020
Episode 159. S2. Beverly Naidus.Visual Artist. Educator. Activist. A Gift to Be Shared.
You can make this happen for someone you love. No cost,  just a bit of your time
September 29, 2020
Episode 158. S2. La Niña de los Peines. Flamenco Singer. In Memory of My Father.
La Niña de los Peines is considered the greatest mujerota flamenco singer of the 20th Century.
September 26, 2020
Episode 157. S2. George Goodwin, Poet, Reads from the Work of Poet Nina Lydia Olff.
Our mysterious guest from episode 154 is back! Come learn a little more about a very interesting life. 
September 26, 2020
Episode 156. S2. Rethabile Masilo. Poet. Lesotho and Paris in the House! A Return Visit to Jazz Ready.
Rethabile Masilo visits us again with a poem that reminds us of our shared humanity. Please visit him on his first visit with Jazz Ready, Episode 130.
September 21, 2020
Episode 155. S2. A Tribute the Memory of Supreme Court Justice, the Most Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
No holding back grief. No holding back rage. No holding back love.
September 19, 2020
Episode 154. George Goodwin. Writer. Poetry. Prose. George is a Mystery - But Only for Now.
Goodwin turns one of his poems into prose for Jazz Ready Listeners.
September 16, 2020
Episode 153. S2. Stephanie Jacob. Poet. Playwright. U.K. in the House!
Jacobs shares poems from her project with frontline healthcare workers entitled "Shifts."
September 13, 2020
Episode 152. S2. Yusuf "Yoshi" Misdaq, Musician, Composer and More. A Brand New Album, Released Today.
Afghanistan in the House! Yusuf "Yoshi" Misdaq reminds us that love, joy, and beauty can emerge even in times of horror. He shares a cut from his new album released today and a story from a recent trip to his homeland, Afghanistan, and how it influenced the music.
September 11, 2020
Episode 151. S2. Kenisha Coy. Founder and Executive Director of My Care Initiative Dot Org. Arts for For Healing. Make Art if Your Life.
Kenisha Coy Keeps it Real. An organization that offers tools for survivors of violence and trauma. 
September 10, 2020
Episode 150. S2. Cornelius Eady Helps Us Celebrate Our 150th Episode of Jazz Ready. Music to Lift the Spirit!
Cornelius Eady is joined by musicians Charlie Rauh and Lisa Liu.
September 07, 2020
Episode 149. S2 Voces Del Silencio. Nos visitan desde Bógota, Colombia. Grupo Musical de Hip Hop.. Episodio en Español.
This episode is in Spanish. I encourage non-Spanish speakers to listen and feel how the body and mind open when embracing the unfamiliar.
September 06, 2020
Episode 148. S2. Un poema para la mujer Latina/x por Magdalena Gómez. Episodio en español.
This episode is all in Spanish. All welcome. Some of my best life moments come from listening to the musicality of languages unknown to me.
September 02, 2020
Episode 146. S.2. Beverly Naidus, Life-long Globally Respected Professor and Cultural and Social Justice Worker. New Sensory Liberation Poem.
After you listen to Beverly Naidus I hope you will consider writing your own sensory liberation poem. 
August 28, 2020
Episode 145. S2. Peggy Robles-Alvarado. Poet. Educator. Initiated Lucumí and Palo Priestess.
Peggy, an award winning poet, performs an original work for us.
August 26, 2020
Episode 144. S2. Diego Angarita Horowitz. Poet and Food Justice Activist. Colombia in the House Again! (For Mature Audiences)
Diego reads two of is poems from the anthology, "BULLYING: Rebuttals, Confessions, and Catharsis." Co-edited by María Luisa Arroyo and Magdalena Gómez. Skyhorse Publishing, NYC, 2012. Multicultural. Intergenerational, and multi-genre.
August 25, 2020
Episode 143. S2. A Tribute to the Late Dr. Roger N. Buckley, 1937-2020. Featuring Ben Barson, Baritone Saxophonist; Composer; Political Activist.
Dr. Roger N. Buckley shared his final public reading with our global audience. Respected, admired and beloved by countless people. His Legacy will endure.
August 24, 2020
Episode 141. S2. royal hartigan. Internationally Acclaimed Musician and Composer. A Tribute to Fred Ho. An Extended Legacy Episode.
Living history here, in memories and music, from one of the world's most respected musicians, who you might be hearing for the first time. This episode is part of the education we can give ourselves: to learn, to heal, to feel.  
August 18, 2020
Episode 140. S2. Sammy Plotkin. Singer. Songwriter. Producer.
Born in Springfield Massachusetts, Sammy Plotkin, now Los Angeles based, shares one of his original songs with us!
August 14, 2020
Episode 139. S2. Nicole M. Young. Performance Poet. Scholar. Young performs an original.
"No one can tell my story better than me." - Nicole M. Young 
August 13, 2020
Episode 138. S2. Masaru Koga. Musician. Composer. Band Leader. Saxophonist; Flautist; Shakuhachi Player. A musical tribute honoring the memory of Fred Ho.
A dear friend and collaborator of Fred Ho, Koga offers a tribute to what would have been Fred Ho's 60th birthday.
August 13, 2020
Episode 136. S2. Dr. Clara Eugenia Ronderos. Poet. Author of Short Stories. Reading in Spanish and English.
Dos poemas en su propia voz por Dra. Ronderos, primero en español, luego traducidos al inglés. Two poems written and read by Dr. Ronderos. first in English then translated into Spanish.
August 08, 2020
Episode 134. S2. José González, a.k.a. Dr. Zae. Springfield in the House!
You want to hear these lyrics.
August 07, 2020
Episode 133. S2. Nejma Nefertiti. Hip-Hop Artist. A nice surprise awaits you inside...
You heard her on Episode 66 and here she is with us once again, sharing her revolutionary love!
August 05, 2020
Episode 132. S2. Rhina Valentin. Television Personality and so much more.
Rhina takes us on a brief and relaxing journey. Jazz, Chill and Lofi Beats for Rhina's Texts Produced Royalty Free by Lukrembo.
August 04, 2020
Episode 131. S2. Magdalena Gómez, Poet. "Death of a Dictator"
Poetry is a tool not only of expression, but of healing and resistance.
August 04, 2020
Episode 130. S2. Rethabile Masilo. Poet. Some Poets Study Biology.
Rethabile Masile, left his native Lesotho as a refugee in 1981, and has lived in France for over thirty years.
August 02, 2020
Episode 129. S2. María Souza Hogan reads from her memoir: "Club of Stars, a Samba of Survival in the Slums of Brazil"
An unfiltered book that speaks to the depths of our humanity, sharing a story that is raw and real, without apology.
August 01, 2020
Episode 128. S2. Election Day, 2008. Written and Read by Magdalena Gómez. Poet.
"The master's house has burnt to the ground; we dip fingers into the ashes of histories we must never forget." From Election Day, 2008.
July 30, 2020
Episode 125. Season 2. Kevin Kiely, Musician and Visual Artist. ¡Presente! Circa, 1976. Remembering Kevin.
Kevin Kiely was a member of the Punk band the Mumps. Get energized with a cut from Kevin's demo tape with the Mumps.
July 25, 2020
Episode 124. S2. Magdalena Gómez. A Poem for the City of Springfield, Massachusetts
Dedicated to Magaly Cardona for a lifetime of offering sacred space to so many. 
July 23, 2020
Episode 123. Time to Reflect.
A Jazz Ready Moment; La Sirena Just Lets It Flow.
July 22, 2020
Episode 122. S2. María José Giménez. Poet Laureate. Translator. Editor. A Bilingual Reading in Spanish and English. Episodio Bilingüe.
Este episodio es bilingüe. María José Giménez es Poeta Lauread@ de Easthampton, MA. USA
July 20, 2020
Episode 121. S2. Cornelius Eady. Pulitzer Nominated Poet.
Cornelius Eady sings with the Cornelius Eady Trio.
July 20, 2020
Episode 120. S2. Nina Kennedy. Concert Pianist. Conductor. Author.
A Gershwin work arranged and performed by Nina Kennedy. 
July 19, 2020
Episode 119. S2. Martin F. Jones. Musician. Saxophonist. Some Springfield, MA History! A Jazz Trifecta Played by Springfield Teens in 1988.
Martin F. Jones went through his music archives for Jazz Ready Listeners. Springfield teens tear it up at the Big Apple Festival in New York City, 1988!
July 17, 2020
Episode 117. S2. Ruth Margraff, Librettist. Part Two. Excerpts from her opera, "Passion of Leyla."
Ruth Margraff, Libretto/Lyrics; Richard Marriott, Composer and Conductor. Isabella Marriot, Louise Cloutier: Leyla. Erik Bagger: Joseph. Fahimeh Mehrabkani, Amy Mendon, Dina Zarif: Fatima. Ric Louchard, Piano; Sirvan Manhoubi, Oud; Mohammad Ghaffari, Dramaturg; Ravand Samaeekia, Santour.
July 15, 2020
Episode 116. S2. Ruth Margraff. Playwright. Librettist. Musician. Performer. Sometimes the Magician's Wand is a Pen.
You will experience three selections of an interdisciplinary theater work inspired by the work of Farid ud-Din Attar. Featuring Composer, Graham Haynes; Vocals, Haleh Abghari; Lyrics, Ruth Margraff; Choreography, Peggy Choy.
July 14, 2020
Episode 115. S2. María Luisa Arroyo. Poet. Scholar. Professor. Reads from her book, "Destierro Means More than Exile".
Poet and Polyglot, María Luisa Arroyo shares her work in three languages. Her books are available on Amazon.
July 13, 2020
Jazz Ready. Episode 114. S2. Ilhan Braxton; Sol Braxton. Poets, Scholars, Arts Activists. Ign!te the M!c in the House!
Siblings, Sol and Ilhan Braxton, share their voices from the glorious mountains of Puerto Rico!
July 12, 2020
Episode 112. S2. Ernesto Cardenal. Poet-Priest. Nicaraguan Liberation Theologian. (20 January 1925 – 1 March 2020) ¡Presente!
From Wikipedia: Ernesto Cardenal Martínez (20 January 1925 – 1 March 2020) was a Nicaraguan Catholic priest, poet, and politician. He was a liberation theologian and the founder of the primitivist art community in the Solentiname Islands, where he lived for more than ten years (1965–1977).
July 10, 2020
Episode 111. S2. Why I Became a Loud Puerto Rican
An intimate, living room version.
July 09, 2020
Episode 110. S2. Azwan: Musician; Singer-Songwriter; Filmmaker; Visual Artist.
Azwan shares two very different styles of his original songs. Thank you Amherst Media for introducing me to Azwan and his creative work some years ago. This badass artist started young!
July 06, 2020
Episode 109. S2. Mina Atif, Poet. Ign!te the M!c in the House!
You met Mina in episode 31, "Some Poets Study Medicine." In this episode she shares new work and reflections as she prepares to move to Ireland next month, where she will be based.
July 06, 2020
Episode 107. S2. The Covid 19 Fog. You Know What I'm Talking About...You're Not Alone.
One Flag, Two Sides. A poem by Magdalena Gómez
July 04, 2020
Episode 106. S2. Jezabel Montero, Actor, Filmmaker, Director Producer. A two part episode.
PRIDE. YES!  Fireworks? Hmmm. Shall we think again?
July 01, 2020
Episode 105. S2. Richard Spiegel, Poet. Creator of Venue for the Voices of Thousands of Poets.
Richard Spiegel is living literary history. If you love and love poetry, literature and justice, this episode is a must-listen for you.
June 30, 2020
Episode 104. S2. Cajordion. A whimsical, musical duo. The Valley Advocate compares them to French composer, Yann Tierson.
Music that allows us to be playful, reminding us that in the of worst times we most need to find our playfulness and laughter. 
June 30, 2020
Episode 103. S2. Revolutionary Artists, Fred Ho, raúl r. salinas, and Magdalena Gómez. An Historic Radio Broadcast, 2003.
The original broadcast in Minneapolis, Minnesota, circa 2003. Part of the "Circle Around the Sun: Caliente Tour"; a preview to their performance at Macalester College.
June 28, 2020
Episode 102. S2. Marian Woodstock Shares Stories from Across the Pond of Beloved Animal Friends.
Marian Woodstock, whose story was featured in Episode 33, shares true stories for animal lovers, in her own voice. She also brings us a song written by Paul Francis Webster and made famous by Johnny Mathis.
June 27, 2020
Episode 101. S2. Derek Bermel, Composer and Clarinetist. A Passionate Embrace of Inspiration.
Academy Award winner and two time Grammy nominee, Derek Bermel, shares work inspired by painter, Jacob Lawrence (1917-2020). Performed by the Albany Symphony Orchestra.
June 25, 2020
Jazz Ready. Episode 100! A Soul Drenching Celebration with Gizelxanth Rodriguez; Ben Barson;Caridad De La Luz,aka La Bruja; Nejma Nefertiti. Your Host: Magdalena Gómez.
This double episode features these four world class artists intersecting, collaborating, in this global and intergenerational Legacy of Jazz Ready! Jazz Ready brings you OOAK listening experiences.
June 24, 2020
Episode 99: Barbara A. Holland, Poet (1925-1988)
Thanks to the exceptional work and love for poets of Brett Rutherford and Poet's Press, we can hold Holland's earlier work in our hands.
June 24, 2020
Episode 98: Magdalena Gómez, Poet. The Last Cable Car of Ireland.
When the people and the land welcome us, and we accept, we can be at home anywhere. 
June 22, 2020
Episode 97: Angelo Geter, Poet Laureate of Rock Hill, South Carolina.
Geter's poem as also heard on
June 22, 2020
Episode 96: D. Dina Friedman. Poet, Author, Professor. Witness at the Border. Witness at Homestead.
A devoted and relentless activist and highly accomplished writer, D.Dina Friedman is a witness to the treatment of immigrants and asylum seekers at the U.S. border between Brownsville, Texas and Matamoros, Mexico. Also at a child "detention" center in Homestead, Florida. Dina speaks out in true story and true poems.  *Note from Magdalena: Matamoros is an unfortunate name of racism, murder and hate, "Kill Moors" so named by Spanish invaders. In Western Massachusetts we too hold onto the names of murderers to represent us. May that day soon be over.
June 20, 2020
Episode 95: Magdalena Gómez, Poet. Mestiza Legacy.
How well do you know your ghosts?
June 20, 2020
Jazz Ready. Episode 94. Taína Asili: Singer, Filmmaker and Activist.
Get your heart lit and your feet dancing!
June 18, 2020
Episode 93: Ben Barson, Baritone Saxophonist; Composer; Scholar; Educator.
Barson is the protégé of the late Fred Ho (Episode 92). Barson and a number of other artists invite us into an excerpt of his "Mirror Butterfly: The Migrant Liberation Movement Suite" as performed at the Kennedy Center in 2019. 
June 18, 2020
Episode 92: Fred Ho, (1957-2014) Composer; Baritone Saxophonist; Author; Scholar; Educator; Producer; Fashion Designer.
Many of the artists you have heard on Jazz Ready have a Fred Ho connection. Now its time you hear one of his works. Later this summer Jazz Ready will offer a  tribute performance for Fred in honor of his birthday. 
June 17, 2020
Episode 90: José Angel Figueroa, Poet
Figueroa performs a soulful fusion of two original poems.
June 14, 2020
Episode 88: Caridad De La Luz, aka La Bruja. Poet, Actor, Singer...and more
Caridad brings you her Nuyorican Hip-Hop vibe, with a new poetic work.
June 12, 2020
Episode 87: Zoe Rinchen Lemos. Singer, Songwriter, Activist.
Zoe's latest song - Uprising (Hunger Games). Let's get this on the radio! Spread the word!
June 11, 2020
Episode 86: Dr. Diana Alvarez honors George Floyd in song and poetry.
Dra. Xingona with us again! Also with us on #27 and #39
June 10, 2020
Episode 85: John Brandoli, Award Winning Singer, Songwriter, Musician and Composer
Had a tough day? John Brandoli has some spirit lifting music as he performs his new single, "All Your Heart"
June 09, 2020
Episode 84: Marina Celander, Actor and Writer performs an except from one of her solo shows.
Marina was with us for Episode 50 and now joins us again for another performance excerpt.
June 09, 2020
Episode 83: María Luisa Arroyo, First Poet Laureate of Springfield, Massachusetts.
María Luisa Arroyo shares an Ekphrastic poem inspired by a quilt created by Faith Ringgold.
June 08, 2020
Episode 82: John Lescault, Actor. A View of the U.S. from Vietnam, 1969
Three brothers. One was a soldier. Featuring John and Jim Lescault.
June 07, 2020
Episode 81: Gizelxanath Rodriguez; Ben Barson and the Villalobos Brothers. A Lincoln Center Preview.
A new version of  Danca da Solidao, Dance of Solidtude, by singer-songwriter-sambista, Paulinho da Viola.
June 05, 2020
Episode 80: Lydia Cortes, Poet.
Lydia Cortes tells a story through poetry that may ring familiar to some of you.
June 05, 2020
Episode 79: Yasmín Hernández. Visual Artist and Poet. Borikén in the House!
Visual Artist and Poet, Yasmin Hernandez, shares original poetry. This episode is aired in solidarity with all Black Lives and in memory of the executed. Jazz Ready Artists are United in Solidarity: Black Lives Matter. There was and will never be an episode 78. And we will never be able to get it back.
June 03, 2020
Episode 77: Andrew Torres, Poet, performs an original work: "The Fire this Time" Jazz Ready listeners, you get to hear it first!
 Ign!te the M!c in the House! Bronx Afro-Boricua, Andrew Torres, in the house of Springfield! Finishing his doctorate, he still makes time for us. Share the link to share the love.
June 02, 2020
Episode 76: Magdalena Gómez, Poet. The Blue Wall.
 Magdalena Gomez. The Blue Wall. A wall that must come down. Black Lives Matter.
June 01, 2020
Episode 75, Dr. Roger N. Buckley, Novelist.
Timely work from a prolific artist of novel writing, a scholar and professor, who reads from one of his books that was effortlessly born to be a film.
May 30, 2020
Episode 73: Jocelyn Mosman, Poet. Sometimes Poets Graduate Law School; Poets are Everywhere!
Our featured artist, Jocelyn Mosman, shares two of her original poems with us. Recorded just for you!
May 28, 2020
Episode 72: Masaru Koga. Saxophonist, Flautist and Shakuhachi player.
Masaru Koga and his fellow musicians, bring us the sound of "Perseverance" in the most unexpected and life-giving ways. Koga is joined by Daveed Behroozi, piano; Tim Volpicella, electric guitar; Ken Okada, bass; Bryan Bowman, drums; and Jimmy Biala, Percussion. Remember to share the Jazz Ready link with those you love and all you wish to uplift.  The volunteer Jazz Ready artists give their all to us - share the love!
May 27, 2020
Episode 71: Dan Robert, Producer, Director, Actor, Visits Us from Shondaland with a Tribute to his Galentines.
Dan Robert has created and performs two poems for our Jazz Ready community. Do you live in Western, MA? YES! Our one and only, Dan Robert! Teatro V!da and PVPA in the house, all the way from L.A.
May 26, 2020
Episode 70: Pan Morigan, Multi-instrumentalist; Vocalist; Poet. A Special 70th Episode edition.
In this episode, composer, vocalist, poet and multi-instrumentalist Pan Morigan offers us a special gift created specifically for our Jazz Ready global community. The episode is slightly longer than usual, as we honor all people around the world who have died at the hand of violence. This work honors the dead while inspiring the living. Pan Morigan has travelled the world as an artist, including touring with Bobby McFerrin's, vocal ensemble, "Voicestra." 
May 25, 2020
Episode 69: Magdalena Gómez, Diary of a Patriotic American, 2001
Written by Magdalena Gómez shortly after 9/11 and published in 2004 by Rotary Records.
May 25, 2020
Episode 68: Galen Passen, Sitarist and Producer, Tells Us About his New Album Project, QScore (Quarantine)
Artists of diverse musical genres come together to support day laborers. Learn how you can be part of the vision.
May 23, 2020
Episode 67: Juan Roman, Jr., Actor, Performs an Original Monologue
What would you write to your father?
May 22, 2020
Episode 66: Nejma Nefertiti, NYC Hip Hop Living Legend
Nejma Nefertiti performs her original "Mother Afrikaa" in a version you'll be hearing here first. 
May 21, 2020
Episode 65: Leah Wells, Singer, Songwriter Returns to Jazz Ready
Musician. Singer.Songwriter. Poet. Author. Educator: Leah Wells brings us a light-hearted moment of musical satire.
May 20, 2020
Episode 64: Carlos Andrés Gómez, Poet and Author
These are visceral poems that gently guide us into a deeper experience of our own humanity. Good medicine for this moment in history, and for any time we wish to be present inside our skin.
May 19, 2020
Episode 63. Margo Singaliese, NYC based actor shares about her real life role with young doctors.
Why an actor brings her craft to medical professionals. Visit to learn more about Margo and this innovative woman owned and run production company.
May 18, 2020
Episode 62: Magdalena Gómez, Poet/Lyricist; Pasaporte Puertorro Requerido Para Este Episodio
Puerto Rican Passport Required to Access this Episode.
May 17, 2020
Episode 61: Urayoán Noel, A Poet Who is Always Jazz Ready; Bilingual Reading
Descansen en los brazos de una improvisación bilingüe creada y presentada en El Bronx, por Poeta, Urayoán Noel. Listen and rest in the arms of a bilingual improvised performance created in the South Bronx by Poet, Urayoán Noel.
May 16, 2020
Episode 60: Magdalena Gómez, A Reading and Writing Prompt on Family
Is "blood thicker than water"? A reading from "Shameless Woman" followed by a writing prompt for writers at any stage in their craft.
May 16, 2020
Episode 59: Galen Passen, Sitarist. An Intergenerational Honoring: NYC-Springfield Connection
Sitarist and visual artist, Galen Passen living in Brooklyn, NY, honors one of our beloved and respected Arts Elders in Springfield, MA.
May 15, 2020
Episode 58: Magdalena Gómez, Poet. Honoring the Global Puerto Rican Diaspora and Human Struggle for De-Colonization.
Embracing and Protecting Cultural  and Historical Memory in Chaotic Times. A writing prompt follows the poem, the title cut from the 2004 CD, Amaxonica: Howls from the Left Side of My Body. Rotary Records. Warren Amerman. Co-producer and Engineer.
May 14, 2020
Episode 57: Matthew King; Musician and Composer,"Truth and the Lie", with Taproot
A tapestry of music genres will take you on a ride through time back to right now. Music of Resistance and Honoring.
May 13, 2020
Episode 56: Alexander Ayala Palacin; Champeta: Afro-Colombian Music
Alexander Ayala Palacin shares a wonderful teaching about the Champeta music genre, and includes one of his original songs. Like going to class to have fun! Maestro Boricua in the House!
May 11, 2020
Episode 55: Magdalena Gómez, Poet. A Mother's Day Commentary
What is Mother's Day to You?
May 11, 2020
Episode 54: Galen Passen, Sitarist. Meditate and Imagine.
Galen left for India while still in high school to pursue his passion for Hindustani music.
May 09, 2020
Episode 53. Tantra Zawadi Premieres New Work Recorded in Senegal with Backa Niang and Nexe, at the Studio of Baaba Maal.
You are the first to hear this collaboration of text and music.
May 08, 2020
Episode 52: Zoe Richen Lemos Returns with a New Original Song for You
Episode 52 and Ign!te the M!c is back in the house! Zoe is 16 years old, with a trajectory of work that defies the few years she's been on the planet.  Give a listen; give some love. You will say you knew her when....
May 07, 2020
Episode 51: Tony Vacca. A Premiere Recording of Global Music with Massamba Diop and Tim Moran.
What?! Yes. Really. It's Really Them. Be transported while staying in place. No ticket required.
May 06, 2020
Episode 50: Marina Celander, Actor. A Theatrical Performance. Mermaid's Howl.
On this 50th episode of Jazz Ready, let's welcome multidisciplinary artist, Marina Celander, as she shares an excerpt from one of her award winning solo shows. 
May 05, 2020
Episode 49: Campsite85. A Genre Bending Indie Band
Western Massachusetts is a land of artists and many of them land in Springfield at Ign!te the M!c at the Bing Arts Center, where magic always happens. We loved them Live and now they're back, connecting us, defying distance.
May 05, 2020
Episode 48: Dr. Artress Bethany White, Award Winning Poet, Reads from Her Work.
You never know who you'll meet at the library.
May 04, 2020
Episode 47. Prayers Don't Have to Be Nice
What I didn't learn in Sunday School.
May 03, 2020
Episode 46: Poet, Magdalena Gómez. International Workers' Day: What about...?
A narrative Inspired by the work of sculptor Leah Poller.
May 01, 2020
Episode 45: Inma Heredia Takes Us to Her Native Sevilla, Spain. An intimate musical moment.
No plane, no ticket required. Inma Heredia, besides being a singer, is also the first and only flamenco comedian.
May 01, 2020
Episode 44: Perry Yung: Actor, Musician, Craftsman. You've most recently seen him on "The Knick" and "Warrior." HBO/Cinemax.
Perry Yung brings us Shakuhachi offerings of honoring and remembering those who have passed. Some of you know him as Father Jun on the Cinemax/HBO Series, Warrior.
April 28, 2020
Episodio 43: Glenda Jasso Aquino: Actriz y Profesora Mexicana Indigena Presenta Poesía en Nahuatl, Maya-Yokot'an, y Español
Indigenous Mexican Actor, Poet and Educator, Glenda Jasso Aquino, shares poems in ancestral indigenous languages.
April 27, 2020
Episode 42: Bob Spivey. Activist Poet; Professor.
A Journey from Visions to Re-Visions. Where do you travel?
April 26, 2020
Episode 41: James Lescault, Shoebox Memories: Life's Lost and Found
James Lescault, Executive Director of Amherst Media in Massachusetts, shares rediscovered moments from his past and a poem written in his youth.
April 26, 2020
Episode 40: Kathy Couch; Ramadan Blesses Us All
Multi-disciplinary Artist and Lighting Designer, Kathy Couch joins us with her personal thoughts on Ramadan and a poem by Kazim Ali.
April 24, 2020
Episode 39: Diana Alvarez; Musician, Composer, Singer, Poet, Filmmaker. She has sung on stages and to the Gulf of Mexico.
Dra. Xingona a.k.a. Dr. Diana Alvarez, is with us once again, with a new song. 
April 23, 2020
Episode 38: Magdalena Gómez, Jazz Ready Host. Bring It On! The People are Listening!
A Jazz Ready Invitation from La Sirena Magdalena
April 23, 2020
Episode 37: Dan Bisaccio. The Intersection of Science, Art, and Daydreams
Science Professor and Researcher, Dan Bisaccio brings us poetry and narrative of optimism and solace for these times and for always, as we honor Earth Day and Poetry Month.
April 22, 2020
Episode 36: Ela Alpi; Visionary Simplicity for Complicated Times
Filmmaker and Multi-Disciplinary Artist, Ela Alpi Visits from Chile. Podcast in Spanish and English. Episodio 36 en Español e Inglés.
April 21, 2020
Episode 35: Magdalena Gómez, Poet. Farewell Upon Arrival.
A poem on grieving for this moment we share together.
April 20, 2020
Episode 34: Leah Wells, Singer Songwriter. I Predict this Song Will Be a Hit!
Leah advises us to "Lay it All Down"
April 19, 2020
Episode 33: Magdalena Gómez, Reads Stories from Across the Pond.
Marian Woodstock of the U.K. reminds us of simple acts done with great love. The poetry of living with intention.
April 18, 2020
Episode 32: Ilhan Braxton, Poet. Ign!te the M!c in the House!
This episode features Ign!te the M!c Collect!ve member, Ilhan Braxton.
April 17, 2020
Episode 31: Mina Atif, Poet. Some Poets Study Medicine
A young woman with a vision for her life, Mina Atif.
April 16, 2020
Episode 30: Rick Kearns-Morales, Harrisburg, PA Poet Laureate
When Arts Heal. Morales performs a memorial tribute.
April 14, 2020
Episode 29: Zoe Rinchen Lemos Shares an Original Song, Tennessee
16 years old, and an old soul you'll want to hear again and again. Ign!te the M!c in the house!
April 13, 2020
Episode 28: Otto Muller. Myrna Miranda-O'Neill. Magdalena Gómez.. Revolutionized, We Rise! (a long distance collaboration)
Happy Easter, in all that it represents, no matter who we are or what we believe. Dr. Otto Muller: Piano; mix. Dr. Myrna Miranda-O'Neill, flute. Magdalena Gomez, text; reader.
April 12, 2020
Episode 27. Diana Alvarez, La Doctora Xingona.
Diana Alvarez, known as a vocalist, is also a poet...and so much more.
April 11, 2020
Episode 26. Magdalena Gómez, Poet. Prayer for Revolution
A New Year's Eve Prayer from 2019. Poet: Magdalena Gómez. What would be your revolutionary prayer?
April 10, 2020
Episode 25: María Luisa Arroyo. A Polyglot Poet Who Code Switches.
María Luisa Arroyo, made history as the first Poet Laureate of Springfield, Massachusetts.
April 09, 2020
Episode 24: Magdalena Gómez, Poet. La Loca.
Have you ever been called Loca?
April 09, 2020
Episode 23: Nina Lydia Olff, Poet. Many Tribes, Many Nations.
Poet, Magdalena Gómez reads from the work of poet, Nina Lydia Olff. Who will speak to us of death?
April 08, 2020
Episode 21: Magdalena Gómez, Why I Became a Loud Puerto Rican with Voice, Piano, and Flute.
Dr. Otto Muller, Piano; Dr. Myrna Miranda-O'Neill, Flute; Magdalena Gómez, Poet Goddard College, Vermont, 2016
April 06, 2020
Episode 20: Magdalena Gómez, Poet. Breath. A Writing Prompt for Poets at All Levels.
What poems, stories, warnings and secrets does your breathing hold?
April 04, 2020
Episode 18: Magdalena Gómez Personifies Covid 19.
Covid 19 takes the mic.
April 02, 2020
Episode 17: Victor Jara, Read by Poet Magdalena Gómez. Celebrate Poetry Month!
Opening the month with Chilean revolutionary singer and composer, Victor Jara.
April 01, 2020
Episode 15: Francheska Morales, Poet. Up Front On Mental Illness.
Ign!te the M!c Founding Member shares a poem of resistance about depression.
March 30, 2020
Episode 14: Magdalena Gómez, Poet. For the Women of El Bronx (Original/Unedited)
From her first poetry CD, Amaxonica: Howls fom the Left Side of My Body
March 29, 2020
Episode 13: Julia de Burgos, Poet. Read by Magdalena Gómez, Poet.
Celebrating Puerto Rico's greatest Afro-Boricua Poet and Activist.
March 29, 2020
Episode 12: Jayne Cortez, Poet. Read by Magdalena Gómez, Poet.
Poem followed by a writing prompt or simply something to think about.
March 27, 2020
Episode 11: Rafael Cancel Miranda. Puerto Rican Revolutionary & Poet. Read by Magdalena Gomez, Poet.
Rafael Cancel Miranda. Always in Our Hearts. A reading in Spanish.
March 26, 2020
Episode 8: Magdalena Gómez, Poet. Inspired by New Orleans. Writing Commission.
A poem I was commissioned to write a decade ago.
March 24, 2020
Episode 7: Ode to a Brother from a Medieval Woman Poet. Read by Magdalena Gómez, Poet.
Do you have an Ode waiting to be written?
March 22, 2020
Episode 6: A Quiet Revolution
Keeping it short. Keeping it real.
March 21, 2020
Episode 5: You Can Keep Your Hat On: Inspired by the late Boricua Author, Judith Ortiz Cofer
This episode features a writing prompt that you can use even if you've never written a poem before, or you've written a thousand poems. Your muse is always within. 
March 20, 2020
Episode 4: Burlesque House Nuyorican Poet
Origins of a Nuyorican Performance Poet, 1971
March 19, 2020
Episode 2: Two Poems by Children to Inspire You
Magdalena Gomez reads from an anthology of young poets; commentary.
March 18, 2020
Episode 1: Why Jazz Ready? An Introduction.
3.18.2020.   This is the first in a series. As the Poet Laureate of Springfield, Massachusetts, I want to share what will uplift, encourage and inspire you with poetry from around the world, and some of my own; magical stories from everyday life; a conjuring based in love and positive thoughts for real life.  6.12.2020.    I am thrilled to say that I was soon joined by other artists, and together we have created the Jazz Ready Global Community, along with our beloved and devoted listeners. We will continue until we can all hug in person again.
March 18, 2020