Cat Lee, 100TPC Solidarity Performance- San Antonio, Texas

Cat Lee (Poet) & Cecil Carter (Music Director) present

Bankrupt! Really? One Tribe!

We are streaming live beginning 4 PM Sharp 9/29/12

Or join us in San Antonio, Texas
at Urban-15 Studio, 2500 S Presa, SATX 78210


We are grateful to our sponsors:
The Regency Jazz Band
Extraordinary Words

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4 Responses to Cat Lee, 100TPC Solidarity Performance- San Antonio, Texas

  1. Cat Lee says:

    Hello, I’m Cat, a jazz poet in the Beat tradition. Like my mentor, tedjoans, my passion is to implant words percussively into jazz-as-religious music. I explore interpersonal relationships with heavily jazz-inflected meters, imagery, and word choices. My word weapons give insights into hidden or minority experiences, clarify incorrect assumptions, and battle for justice. My work is intentionally collaborative.

    Constantly writing and re-visioning older pieces with different sounds, I recently began collaborating with a new Music Director, San Antonio-based composer/trumpeter Cecil R. Carter.

    Bankrupt! Really? One Tribe! is a video recording session open to the public. We are also streaming live from 4-6 PM at this address:

    My poem, “Bankrupt,” is a commentary on the “bad check” metaphor heard in Dr. M.L. King’s 1963 I Have a Dream speech, viewed in the light of the 2009 “credit crunch” — which is a euphemism for actual, unpunished grand larceny by the banking sector. I’ve paired it with John Coltrane’s 1963 composition “Alabama,” which Trane wrote as a dirge, in musical commentary on the 1963 church firebombing that killed 4 black schoolchildren — a racially motivated terrorist act.

    Following these takes, we’ve invited poet Valerie Thibodeaux Mondy, AKA Black Butterfly, to sit in. She’ll be doing her poem “One Tribe” with Cecil’s composition “Hurry Back.”

    Cecil and I are doing this session as a dress rehearsal for Word Bop Workshop, a radical concept in jazz education. We want to address the musical and technical hurdles that poets and other vocalists face when attempting to sit in with jazz instrumentalists. It’s part book-learning and part hands-on experience collaborating with skilled musicians.

    We’ve partnered with Urban-15 Studio to present our show in their video-pre-wired space, taking advantage of their skilled staff to help us make documents that we all can be proud of.

  2. Cat Lee says:

    Saxophonist Rene Saenz is part of our ensemble. Here is a link to hear him solo with another terrific San Antonio based jazz ensemble, Hot Sauce. They’re playing Chick Corea’s “Spain.”

  3. Good morning, headache. Jazz Cat here, we were up to the wee hours rehearsing to the online video of Trane’s “Alabama.” What a gas hearing Cecil explain what’s going on in their heads as they improvise and cue each other. And we needed to pinpoint my cues: certain ones of my words are intended to match the piece’s shifting moods. Here’s a link to a different video where you can hear some of the Coltrane Quartet’s rendition. It gives an explanation why I chose Trane’s piece for our contribution to “CHANGE”.

  4. Hello again, Jazz Cat here. I am feeling altogether blessed to be collaborating with this consummate musician. Cecil Carter has all the talent in the world, and he’s sweet, a combination not to be exceeded. Last night we worked with Val Thibodeaux Mondy, AKA Black Butterfly. She’s going to sit in with our band, so needs to practice reading to the form of Cecil’s composition, “Hurry Back.” It already had lyrics, but Val’s poem One Tribe sounds perfect with his music, too. We hope you’ll come hear us doing it for real on 9/29, because “we are one.”

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