This coming Thursday, October 13, 7:30pm will be a very special evening indeed for 17 Poets! Literary & Performance Series at the Gold Mine Saloon, 701 Dauphine.
It's been a long time coming.
After several years of hiatus, THE FREE SPEECH ORCHESTRA is returning.
Join us for this inaugural event.
This edition of The Free Speech Orchestra will feature a Jazz Poetry Session celebrating the Living Memory of our co-founder and spiritual mentor, New Orleans flute player ELUARD A. BURT II (Feb. 15, 1937 - Aug. 5, 2007).
This performance will feature musicians and poets:
Lee Meitzen Grue-poet
As always, our feature will be followed by OPEN MIC hosted by Jimmy Ross (Sign-Up for Open Mic begins at 7:30pm).
GOLD MINE SALOON
701 Dauphine Street
Thursday, October 13, 2011
A Brief History of THE FREE SPEECH ORCHESTRA
The Free Speech Orchestra was co-founded by Eluard Burt and Dave Brinks in 1997. It's primary mission is to provide an improvisatory, synergetic space for musicians and poets to collaborate and explore side-by-side the cultural spirit & essence of the New Orleans' community through Jazz and Poetry.
Every performance by The Free Speech Orchestra is unique since the founding vision is to represent a rotating group of musicians and poets at various venues throughout the city, thus providing an opportunity for all to participate and contribute their dear gifts, talents, and passions in celebration of the New Orleans community.
A brief list of musicians and poets featured over the years includes: co-founder Eluard Burt-flute, Harry Sterling-guitar, Roger Poche-bass, Uganda-pecussion, Richard Theodore-bass clarinet, Hart McNee-bass flute, Earle Brown-tenor sax, Kevin O'Day-percussion, Michael Skinkus-percussion, Kufaro-percussion, John Sinclair-poet,Yolanda Harris-poet, Felice Guimont-poet, Valentine Pierce-poet,
Dennis Formento-poet, Paul Chasse-poet, Tom LeBlanc-poet, and co-founder Dave Brinks-poet.
(from lft to rt) Eluard A. Burt II, Tom LeBlanc, Valentine Pierce
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