Traditions in Jazz

“I’ve got to get things in order.
I’m determined to do it”
~Phil Schaap, WKCR, New York

This afternoon, it’s jazz tradition. Straight
palaver to the High Triumvirate
of First Improvization on a gate
that opens to Bechet on clarinet,
Bix Beiderbeck and Armstrong on the horn.
A novelty or two, some rare shellac
is crackling on the radio. It’s born
again and gonna be a long drive back.
Through Essex Fells and blowing airbag gray
above the trees and prefab vinyl homes
in which we find the hole in Saturday.
With Schaap carousing through the catacombs
and cluttered sound, the studio on air
where Pops is Tops and there and everywhere.

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