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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
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Episode 147. S2. Nancy Mercado. Award Winning Author. Poet. Scholar. Editor. Activist.

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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. 
09:10
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.
07:02
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.
14:42
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.
04:53
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."
13:59
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.
23:43
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. 
10:38
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.
08:54
September 7, 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.
09:07
September 6, 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.
05:21
September 2, 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. 
07:53
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.
11:07
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.
17:08
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.
18:21
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.  
37:59
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!
12:01
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 
11:48
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.
08:48
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.
09:49
August 8, 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!
23:09
August 5, 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.
09:26
August 4, 2020
Episode 131. S2. Magdalena Gómez, Poet. "Death of a Dictator"
Poetry is a tool not only of expression, but of healing and resistance.
06:01
August 4, 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.
08:01
August 2, 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.
13:57
August 1, 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.
04:20
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.
10:42
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. 
06:45
July 23, 2020
Episode 123. Time to Reflect.
A Jazz Ready Moment; La Sirena Just Lets It Flow.
07:51
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
11:45
July 20, 2020
Episode 121. S2. Cornelius Eady. Pulitzer Nominated Poet.
Cornelius Eady sings with the Cornelius Eady Trio.
12:02
July 20, 2020
Episode 120. S2. Nina Kennedy. Concert Pianist. Conductor. Author.
A Gershwin work arranged and performed by Nina Kennedy. 
20:22
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!
16:40
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.
15:51
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.
10:21
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.
13:34
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!
10:44
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).
06:07
July 10, 2020
Episode 111. S2. Why I Became a Loud Puerto Rican
An intimate, living room version.
07:40
July 9, 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!
11:03
July 6, 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.
08:19
July 6, 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
08:39
July 4, 2020
Episode 106. S2. Jezabel Montero, Actor, Filmmaker, Director Producer. A two part episode.
PRIDE. YES!  Fireworks? Hmmm. Shall we think again?
20:41
July 1, 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.
13:41
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. 
15:40
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.
31:21
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.
11:24
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.
15:44
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.
30:17
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. www.poetspress.org
09:44
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. 
10:40
June 22, 2020
Episode 97: Angelo Geter, Poet Laureate of Rock Hill, South Carolina.
Geter's poem as also heard on poets.org.
06:44
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.
15:24
June 20, 2020
Episode 95: Magdalena Gómez, Poet. Mestiza Legacy.
How well do you know your ghosts?
08:00
June 20, 2020
Jazz Ready. Episode 94. Taína Asili: Singer, Filmmaker and Activist.
Get your heart lit and your feet dancing!
10:00
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. 
12:03
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. 
16:18
June 17, 2020
Episode 90: José Angel Figueroa, Poet
Figueroa performs a soulful fusion of two original poems.
12:20
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.
09:51
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!
07:29
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
08:58
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"
07:54
June 9, 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.
07:17
June 9, 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.
06:10
June 8, 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.
05:18
June 7, 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.
10:39
June 5, 2020
Episode 80: Lydia Cortes, Poet.
Lydia Cortes tells a story through poetry that may ring familiar to some of you.
10:06
June 5, 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.
11:19
June 3, 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.
07:53
June 2, 2020
Episode 76: Magdalena Gómez, Poet. The Blue Wall.
 Magdalena Gomez. The Blue Wall. A wall that must come down. Black Lives Matter.
06:44
June 1, 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.
12:25
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!
08:32
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!
12:06
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.
07:29
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." 
19:48
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.
07:11
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.
10:25
May 23, 2020
Episode 67: Juan Roman, Jr., Actor, Performs an Original Monologue
What would you write to your father?
06:45
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. 
09:21
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.
07:43
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.
11:18
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 www.fuacatafilms.com to learn more about Margo and this innovative woman owned and run production company.
06:07
May 18, 2020
Episode 62: Magdalena Gómez, Poet/Lyricist; Pasaporte Puertorro Requerido Para Este Episodio
Puerto Rican Passport Required to Access this Episode.
04:41
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.
10:08
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.
07:05
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.
07:51
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.
13:54
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.
12:18
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!
14:37
May 11, 2020
Episode 55: Magdalena Gómez, Poet. A Mother's Day Commentary
What is Mother's Day to You?
13:23
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.
11:17
May 9, 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....
07:59
May 7, 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.
11:18
May 6, 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. 
10:41
May 5, 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.
09:10
May 5, 2020
Episode 48: Dr. Artress Bethany White, Award Winning Poet, Reads from Her Work.
You never know who you'll meet at the library.
12:38
May 4, 2020
Episode 47. Prayers Don't Have to Be Nice
What I didn't learn in Sunday School.
03:58
May 3, 2020
Episode 46: Poet, Magdalena Gómez. International Workers' Day: What about...?
A narrative Inspired by the work of sculptor Leah Poller. www.leahpoller.com
09:33
May 1, 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.
12:30
May 1, 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.
14:24
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.
07:19
April 27, 2020
Episode 42: Bob Spivey. Activist Poet; Professor.
A Journey from Visions to Re-Visions. Where do you travel?
08:19
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. www.amherstmedia.org
07:07
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.
05:35
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. 
06:28
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
05:28
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.
08:50
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.
12:21
April 21, 2020
Episode 35: Magdalena Gómez, Poet. Farewell Upon Arrival.
A poem on grieving for this moment we share together.
07:56
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"
08:17
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.
12:07
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.
05:44
April 17, 2020
Episode 31: Mina Atif, Poet. Some Poets Study Medicine
A young woman with a vision for her life, Mina Atif.
09:00
April 16, 2020
Episode 30: Rick Kearns-Morales, Harrisburg, PA Poet Laureate
When Arts Heal. Morales performs a memorial tribute.
11:28
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!
10:16
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.
06:48
April 12, 2020
Episode 27. Diana Alvarez, La Doctora Xingona.
Diana Alvarez, known as a vocalist, is also a poet...and so much more.
05:04
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?
04:29
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.
05:14
April 9, 2020
Episode 24: Magdalena Gómez, Poet. La Loca.
Have you ever been called Loca?
07:54
April 9, 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?
10:35
April 8, 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
11:42
April 6, 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?
08:33
April 4, 2020
Episode 18: Magdalena Gómez Personifies Covid 19.
Covid 19 takes the mic.
12:23
April 2, 2020
Episode 17: Victor Jara, Read by Poet Magdalena Gómez. Celebrate Poetry Month!
Opening the month with Chilean revolutionary singer and composer, Victor Jara.
08:33
April 1, 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.
07:31
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
07:46
March 29, 2020
Episode 13: Julia de Burgos, Poet. Read by Magdalena Gómez, Poet.
Celebrating Puerto Rico's greatest Afro-Boricua Poet and Activist.
10:36
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.
06:10
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.
04:06
March 26, 2020
Episode 8: Magdalena Gómez, Poet. Inspired by New Orleans. Writing Commission.
A poem I was commissioned to write a decade ago.
07:47
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?
09:14
March 22, 2020
Episode 6: A Quiet Revolution
Keeping it short. Keeping it real.
06:25
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. 
07:01
March 20, 2020
Episode 4: Burlesque House Nuyorican Poet
Origins of a Nuyorican Performance Poet, 1971
14:26
March 19, 2020
Episode 2: Two Poems by Children to Inspire You
Magdalena Gomez reads from an anthology of young poets; commentary.
05:09
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.
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March 18, 2020
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March 17, 2020