The Beat goes on! Experience an intimate festival filled with poetry readings and painting improvisation set to the rhythm of live jazz. This is a unique opportunity for attendees to experience exclusive performances by well-known jazz musicians, jazz painters, and poets. There will be over 50 musicians and poets performing.
This 10th annual event is the premier collaborative festival in the region. Combining visual art and music, the event will feature jazz musicians and painters simultaneously creating improvisational artworks. Our two live venues will feature the artists working at a rapid pace in a public venue — a unique and exclusive privilege for the audience. On Saturday October 14th join us for musical performances by Bobby Bradford / Vinny Golia Quartet w/ Tina Raymond and David Tranchina. As well as, trumpeter Bill Ortiz (Santana), Rent Romus, Scott Walton, Donald Robinson, Hal Forman, Michael Smolens and many more!
Additionally, the Jack Kerouac Annual Poetry contest will offer the winner an opportunity to read their original poetry at the conference. First, second and third place winners of the poetry contest will receive cash prizes. To enter the poetry contest please see the guidelines below. Winners must attend the (free) conference on October 14, 2017 to read and have the opportunity for their work to be published.
Poetry Contest Guidelines
We are looking for poems that reflect upon or honor the spirit of “Beat,” whatever that means to you. Typically, Beat-influenced poems are anti-authoritarian, rhapsodic,
ecstatic, jazzy etc. Send a maximum of three poems, not to exceed six total pages. Entries must be the original work of the contestant. Entries will not be returned.
Please provide a page with your name, phone number, address and email. Submit the information page with your entry to:
Dr. Andy Jones, Poetry Editor
Beat Generation and Beyond Poetry Editor
What others are saying about the Jazz Festival:
“I don’t know of anyone else who is doing this level of interdisciplinary collaboration between the visual, musical and literary arts. It’s the great work.”
-Joyce Jenkins, Poetry Flash
“Those for whom the San Francisco Beat phenomenon is merely the stuff of legend can get a taste of the real thing in an all-day conference sponsored by the John Natsoulas Gallery in Davis.”
-Kenneth Baker, San Francisco Chronicle
Press Contact: Nancy Resler [email protected]
530-756-3938 More information: natsoulas.com/
this years Schedule
2 pm Alan Ernst Quartet
3 pm Byron Colbron Trio and performance painting by Laura Hohlwein
4 pm Heath Proskin Quartet and performance painting by Laura Hohlwein
5 pm Alex Jenkins Trio
2 pm Triism
3 pm Hal Forman / Michael Smolens Duo
4 pm Rent Romus Trio w/ Scott Walton & Donald Robinson
5 pm Exploring Miles! with special guest Bill Ortiz
7 pm featured poet — Indigo Moor
7::30 pm BOBBY BRADFORD / VINNY GOLIA QUARTET
w/ Bobby Bradford — cornet
Vinny Golia — saxes
Dave Tranchina — bass
Tina Raymond — drums