From the Wall Street Journal: “Brooklynite Writes Jazz With a Poet’s Pen”

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“If you see saxophonist Roy Nathanson on the Q train, head down and pen out, he’s working on a poem. “I can only write poetry while riding the subway,” he said recently from the living room of his house in Brooklyn’s Ditmas Park. “It’s the strangest thing.”

Roy Nathanson

The past six years have brought ample writing opportunities as he commutes to and from his day job running the music program at Manhattan’s Institute for Collaborative Education. Words have long been elemental to Mr. Nathanson’s music, beginning with the colorful lyrics to his original songs for the Jazz Passengers, the group he co-founded with trombonist Curtis Fowlkes in 1987.

Mr. Nathanson will mark his 60th birthday at Jazz Standard Tuesday night, leading the Jazz Passengers, with guitarist Marc Ribot and saxophonist Marty Ehrlich as special guests. His celebration will continue with a series of Sotto Voce performances: May 27 at City Winery, featuring a gathering of poets; June 22 at the Stone; and June 23—fittingly—at the New York Transit Museum.”

See the full article here.