Date and Time
Dec 8, 2019 5:00 pm
Sunday Jazz & Verse Open Mic Poetry & Jazz Night! A Busboys and Poetry Event. Every second Sunday, cap off brunch with two hours of incredible music and poetry! Audiences can expect a diverse array of spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians and more with a Jazz soundtrack! It will feature the sounds of a professional Jazz Band to groove us into the night. All are welcomed to perform, or enjoy a night of Jazz & Verse!
Hosted by: Matt Gallant
A prolific poet and educator, Matthew P. Gallant was a Finalist for the 2014 Steven Dunn Poetry Prize and a current middle / high school teacher who uses poetry daily in the classroom. Matthew competed at three National Poetry Slams (2009—2011), was crowned the 2011 NorthBeast Slam Champion, runs Sargent Press (independent small press publisher) and is also a member of the Beltway Poetry Slam hosting team. Jesse Parent, whose "To Boys Who May One Day Date My Daughter" went viral and received two million hits, once said of him, "He probably looks more like the bouncer than the talent to most people, but this is a true poet who just happens to know how to own a stage."
$5 Cover. Get your tickets in advance.
This month's band: Aya
Ayanna Gallant is a musician, poet, and educator with a passion for creativity. She has been a music and poetry artistic leader for non-profit groups such as Arts in Reach, Jazzmouth: The Portsmouth Poetry and Jazz Festival, With Open Minds and The Young Women’s Drumming Empowerment Project. Ayanna shares her love for the arts as a music teacher at Capital City Public Charter School in Washington D.C. She earned a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of New Hampshire in Music Education (2005) and a Master of Education Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus in Arts Integration (2010). She credits her students, colleagues and performing arts family for teaching her about the things that matter most, creating and learning. Publications include The 2008 Poets’ Guide to New Hampshire (Poetry Society of New Hampshire, 2008),How to Say Hello (Sargent Press, 2008) and Sreams, Moans and Lullabies (Sargent Press 2012). She is formerly a trombonist with the Portsmouth Symphony (2009-2012) and has shared the stage with Branford Marsalis, Clark Terry, and former US Poet Laureate, Billy Collins. Ayanna currently performs with Marsha Goodman-Wood and the Positrons, and The Bele Bele Rhythm Collective, an inter-generational, diverse group of women who study and perform tightly sewn compositions of West African polyrhythms complete with songs, breaks, and accompanying dancers.