Glenwood’s Summer of Jazz big on Big EasyGlenwood Springs’ annual Summer of Jazz series will be devoted to acts from New Orleans and Louisiana. Last year’s series was also dedicated to Louisiana acts, in a gesture toward relief from the effects of Hurricane Katrina. The free series is presented Wednesday evenings, beginning June 6, at 7 p.m. in Two Rivers Park.The series opens with blues singer-guitarist Mem Shannon and his band, the Membership. Bob French’s Original Tuxedo Jazz Band, a long-running traditional jazz ensemble led since 1977 by drummer Bob French, is set for June 13. Young trumpeter Christian Scott performs June 20.Pianist-composer-producer Allen Toussaint, who recorded the 2006 CD “The River in Reverse” with Elvis Costello, is scheduled for June 27. The Wild Magnolias, whose performances replicate a Mardi Gras parade, return to perform July 4. Saxophonist Donald Harrison Jr. appears with his combo July 11.Blues-gospel vocalist Marva Wright performs July 18. The series concludes July 25 with the contemporary street-style New Orleans outfit, the Rebirth Brass Band.For further information, go to http://www.summerofjazz.com.Summer Words has stories, songs from AfricaThe Aspen Writers’ Foundation’s Aspen Summer Words Literary Festival is set for June 24-28. The festival, the Writers’ Foundation’s 31st annual summer literature event, will be presented under the theme Africa: The Origin of Stories, and will focus on African authors.Among the writers to appear will be the two recipients of the 2007 Aspen Prize for Literature – Nobel Prize-winning Nigerian playwright Wole Soyinka and Kenyan novelist-playwright Ngugi Wa Thiong’o – as well as Leila Aboulela, from the Sudan; Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, from Nigeria; Binyavanga Wainaina, from Kenya; and Alexandra Fuller, who was born in England, raised in Zimbabwe, and now lives in Wyoming. The writers will appear in panel discussions, author conversations, readings and social events. Henry Louis Gates Jr., chair of Harvard’s African and African American Studies Department, will moderate select events. Most events will take place at Belly Up.Aspen Summer Words will also include a concert by Malian singer, guitarist and songwriter Habib Koité, at Belly Up. Attendees of the festival will also receive a ticket to the June 27 concert by Wynton Marsalis, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, and Ghanaian drummer Yacub Addy. The concert is co-presented by the Aspen Music Festival and Jazz Aspen Snowmass.Aspen Summer Words also includes the Writing Retreat, featuring workshops in poetry, food writing and magazine writing, meetings with literary agents and more.Tickets for individual events are on sale at Belly Up. For festival passes and further information, go to http://www.aspenwriters.org, or call 925-3122.Poets Society comes aliveThe Aspen Poets Society has been launched, and will have an Internet presence at aspenpoetssociety.com. The site, set to be running by June 24, will be a repository of original verses where registered users can post their poetry and receive feedback.The organization is being run by Aspenite Lisa Zimet, business manager of Zélé Café. The Poets Society was spurred by a series of poetry slam nights held at the cafe last winter. The poetry slams are scheduled to resume with an event on June 24.
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