Cecil Taylor Exhibition: Poetry & Music with A.B. Spellman, Anne Waldman and Devin Brahja Waldman, Whitney Museum, New York City


Poetry and Music: A.B. Spellman, Anne Waldman and Devin Brahja Waldman
Wed, Apr 20, 2016 3 PM

Whitney Museum of American Art
Floor Five, Neil Bluhm Family Galleries
99 Gansevoort Street
New York, NY 10014
(212) 570-3600


The performance program for Open Plan: Cecil Taylor continues with poets A.B. Spellman and Anne Waldman splitting a bill in celebration of Cecil Taylor’s lifelong engagement with poetry and the spoken word.

About the program
Former Deputy Director of the National Endowment for the Arts and a founding member of the Black Arts Movement, A.B. Spellman is a legendary jazz critic, writer, and poet. His first full-length book, Four Lives in the Bebop Business (1966), chronicles the lives of Ornette Coleman, Herbie Nichols, Jackie McLean and Cecil Taylor, and remains one of the greatest texts on modern jazz.

A prominent member of the Beat generation of poets and author of more than forty books of poetry, Anne Waldman is co-founder (with Allen Ginsberg) of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. She and Taylor have appeared on stage together at several cross-disciplinary events including the 1991 Tucson Poetry Festival and a 1994 conference at Naropa Institute on art, music, and poetry.

She is joined at the Whitney by her nephew, Devin Brahja Waldman, jazz saxophonist and the co-director of Fast Speaking Music, a poetry and music label in New York City.

Free with Museum admission.
Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. A limited number of guaranteed seats are available for advance purchase; tickets include admission to the galleries.

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