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Ian McMillan has always been intrigued and excited by the idea of Poetry and Jazz since he heard an LP of Pete Morgan and the Dick Rawdon Quintet in the 1970's. In this programme, he explores the history of the form from the Harlem Renaissance and the San Francisco beats, via the English version of the form with Pete Brown and Michael Horovitz; he discusses the relationship between rhythmic words and rhythmic music with the jazz singer Barb Jungr and by the end of the show he feels confident enough to make his own contribution to a minority, but swinging, art, with the aid of a walking bass.
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