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Lady Ella, Queen of Jazz: you brought so many songs to life. Forget the words? Just make up new ones like you did on 'Mack The Knife'. Satchmo Armstrong, so unique: in 'Summertime' my soul is freed, with 'Hello Dolly', 'Cheek to Cheek'; 'What a Wonderful World', indeed! Sassy, classy Sarah Vaughan: your 'Autumn Leaves' fall scattingly. Your 'I Feel Pretty' makes me 'Misty', 'They Can't Take That Away From Me'. Mel Torme, the Velvet Fog: 'The Christmas Song', 'How High The Moon'. I love it when you scat away The 'Lullaby Of Birdland' tune. Astrud, 'Girl From Ipanema' walks on by, a sight to see. Your 'One Note Samba' swings so lithe, Brazilian skies in harmony. Basia sings of 'Time And Tide' and woos me with 'Astrud's tribute. 'An Olive Tree', 'Baby, You're Mine'; Each song you sing, a perfect beaut. Time and space do not allow for Nat, Al, Tim, or more such names: Diana, Johnny, Janis, Cheryl*, Jazz burns bright - you light the flames!
//Poet's Notes: Mentioned here are my favorite Jazz vocalists (*with a quick nod and smile to Nat King Cole, Alan Paul, Tim Hauser, Diana Krall, Johnny Hartman, Janis Siegel, and Cheryl Bentyne). Let me know in the comments if you have favorites I did not mention. Perhaps someday I'll write a sequel for my favorite jazz instrumentalists. //

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Date: 6/30/2020 5:52:00 AM
Oh, thank you so much for sending me this way - this is going to my fave-of-faves, and being read a dozen times already - I LOVE it! All some of my favorite Jazz heroes and heroines, and strung together like a musical strand of Blue Lagoon Pearls - superb write, Brother, and keep the ink flowing! (Did I tell you my childhood friend is married to Cheryl Bentyne? I just chatted with him on Messenger a couple of days ago - he arranges for the Transfer!). I heading away from PS, Friend - blessings!
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Date: 6/30/2020 9:57:00 AM
Greg, forgot to say, thank you so much for taking time to read, and of course for the fave and much appreciated comment.
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Date: 6/30/2020 9:56:00 AM
Yes, I had you in mind as I wrote this, both from our conversation about MT and from your fb post about Johnny Hartman. Keep in contact, dear friend, you are one of my all-time favorite poets, and I have valued your friendship here more than I can say. Blessings ~ John
Date: 6/17/2020 8:06:00 AM
Wonderful, wonderful, enjoyed the tribute to Jazz legends.
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Date: 6/19/2020 11:33:00 PM
Thank you for the great encouragement you have brought me today, Kenneth. May your day be blessed ~ John
Date: 6/17/2020 4:14:00 AM
This is such a well-researched and gorgeous blend of legends and their work. My interest in Jazz has grown over the past six years and I enjoyed how you blended this rhythmically. Keep writing and inspiring my friend :)
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Date: 6/19/2020 11:32:00 PM
Aditi, I'm glad to hear that you are growing in your interest in Jazz music. I would be interested in knowing who some of your favorite musicians are. Thank you for the kind and thoughtful words, they mean so much to me ~ John
Date: 6/15/2020 3:27:00 PM
Gosh, it's already the middle of June and I have not even read this delight yet! I see you are a huge jazz fan. I recognize the names but just have not really listened enough to jazz to know all that much about it. Excellent job of cleverly inserting their titles into the lines, my friend.
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Date: 6/15/2020 5:00:00 PM
Aw, thanks Andrea! I know not everybody relates to my interest in jazz, but that's okay. Hopefully a little educational reading for those who are new to it.
Date: 6/14/2020 11:53:00 AM
How I love the many artists you brought to life again in your poem, John. My late husband had a jazz show on the radio. We got to see Duke Ellington, Roberta Flack and quite a few others. Thank you for bringing back great memories. Your style is upbeat and unique, John. I'm a fan! A fave for me.
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Date: 6/14/2020 1:17:00 PM
Carolyn, I'm so glad to know that about you and your late husband. It must have been really wonderful meeting and speaking with those wonderful personalities! Thanks for the fave, I'm, glad you came by for a visit, always enjoyed. Hugs ~ John
Date: 6/14/2020 5:14:00 AM
You're a jazzy type of guy...great verse Johnny Watts...just to add a few...Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, and Billie Holiday...^WW^ :o)
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Date: 6/14/2020 1:11:00 PM
Great names you mentioned, Wingman. Like I said, I hope to do a sequel for instrumentalists, maybe another for big band leaders. It's fun to see who the jazz aficionados are at Soup! All my best, JW
Date: 6/13/2020 11:20:00 PM
Bring back the memories, John! … Just a thought: Ever see Sammy Davis sing with Ella F?! If not, try their clip together on the Ed Sullivan show. It's a little over 3 minutes on You Tube, I think. Just google Sammy and Ella on Ed Sullivan. You'll see it. It's magic! Thanks, Gershon
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Date: 6/14/2020 1:09:00 AM
Gershon, thank you very much for the tip about Ella and Sammie. S'Wonderful! I loved it very much. Cheers, my friend ~ John
Date: 6/13/2020 6:13:00 PM
I also love Nat King Cole and Satchmo, and many of these others you mention in this excellent tribute to their gifts to us all. Please add BB King to your list. I got to meet him personally and watch him perform. Here is a link: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4fk2prKnYnI xxoo
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Date: 6/13/2020 7:20:00 PM
Thank you for the affirming comment, Connie! Thanks for the link. Fun story: there was a baseball player named Will "The Thrill" Clark. His answering machine message was, "The Thrill is gone. Leave a message." If I ever do a blues tribute, BB and Lucille will be in stanza 1! Hugs ~ John
Date: 6/13/2020 2:22:00 PM
a beautiful tribute to some of the greatest singers of all time, john! i'm not familiar with all of them (i enjoy jazz but i'm much more of a classical, rock or blues lover) but i love your poem with its perfect rhyme and the way you've incorporated the song titles so smoothly...
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Date: 6/13/2020 4:33:00 PM
Thanks for stopping by, ilene. One aspect of jazz I've always liked is how they often do tributes to musicians they admire, so I thought it apropos I do a poetic version of that. Appreciate your kind words my friend ~ John
Date: 6/13/2020 11:45:00 AM
Did you use song titles in the poem? I did that once with a speech to my choir teacher. I used all of the songs she taught me and threw it together. I don't get to listen to jazz often but I do like it and I love your poem, they sound like a really good jazz artist. ~Lili
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Date: 6/13/2020 4:31:00 PM
Lili, thanks for reading this and leaving me a great comment. You are correct about the song titles, which are in single quotes. I hope your choir teacher enjoyed your speech! I haven't included ALL the great jazz vocalists, just a few of my faves. Blessings ~ John
Date: 6/13/2020 8:11:00 AM
What a wonderful tribute to people now gone, once the best in the entertainment business - your certainly show a love for their music, I sincerely hope their relations see this poem - it is incredible, so well penned my friend. My husband added Nat King Cole. He reads the poems I like and point out to him. Blessings John Jennifer. Blessings, and hugs. Jennifer
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Date: 6/13/2020 4:29:00 PM
Thank you for the great comment Jenny! I took your husband's advice (passed along by you) and added Nat King Cole, who was an oversight by me. Thank you for the kind words and blessings. Hugs ~ John
Date: 6/13/2020 1:51:00 AM
Bright Flames indeed... Did you like Billie Holiday, one of my husbands many jazz singers... Really enjoyed reading the poem, thank you, John ...
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Date: 6/13/2020 3:00:00 AM
Billie was indeed one of the influential greats, imitated by many but never duplicated. Thank you, Shirley, for your visit, glad you enjoyed it ~ John
Date: 6/12/2020 8:38:00 PM
Inspiring list of so many worthy talents, I personally like 'Mack the Knife' and 'Girl from Ipanema', though my jazz knowledge is jejune...
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John Watt
Date: 6/13/2020 4:35:00 PM
p.s. your grasp of English lexicon is far from jejune...
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Date: 6/13/2020 1:17:00 AM
I know jazz is an acquired taste, as is my writing style, haha. I'm glad you found two songs in the casserole you know and like.
Date: 6/12/2020 8:26:00 PM
Very creative John, you took us through the jazz hall of fame. Tom
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Date: 6/13/2020 1:15:00 AM
Tom, thanks for the kind words. Trust you are staying healthy and doing well. ~ John