Poet Jake Marmer teams up with Rabbi Greg Wall and trumpeter Frank London.
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From the first, poetry was linked to music. Torah has always been chanted. The Greek bards accompanied themselves on instruments. The distinction between verse and song probably was an elastic one until the coming of the printing press. Whenever the disconnect took place, whatever its cause, poetry and music have continued to run alongside one another, two long railroad tracks that intersect frequently, if not constantly.
Just ask Jake Marmer.
“All poetry began as song, and jazz-and-poetry has always existed,” the Ukraine-born poet says with a grin.