Lay for the Day 16th
the Benny Goodman Orchestra plays at Carnegie Hall in New York, with guest
appearances by members of the Duke Ellington and Count Basie orchestras.
The concert, in one of Americas most eminent auditoriums, was a
big step up for the cultural prestige of jazz in its home country.
With a giant
into his splash,
a frantic swimmer he
butterflies away from
the whirlpool of Titanic horns he still goes into
and marking time.
Dropped from the eyes of tenors
rocking, blowing their dots,
black, long, tear-
for strange fruit by name.
spirits robbed with gravity
until the wind that rocked them
blew rock steady
enough to bring the house down.
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