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The collection kicks off with a quote from Louis Armstrong. When asked to define jazz he reportedly responded, "If you have to ask, you'll never know." The poets represented provide a taste; vamping, swinging, and sharing sounds of tributes to musicians and singers who did jazz. Each time I dip between the covers, I find a new favorite: Charlie Parker: Almost Like Being in Love/Dionisio D. Martinez, Song for Billie Holiday/Langston Hughes, and Jazz is My Religion/Ted Joans are but a few. A list of authors is provided but a first line index would be nice. This is a collection to be savored and one I wish I owned.

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