January 17, 2008

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The cat is hep, the cat is blue
Two musicians and a poet walk onto a stage…
By Lisa Parsons lparsons@hippopress.com

Why is he blue? That’s for you to find out.

“The Blue Cat Walks the Earth” is a performance of poetry set to jazz, featuring 24 poems by F.D. Reeve. The show will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, in the Gruber Recital Hall of Manchester Community Music School at 2291 Elm St. Admission is free and open to the public.

Reeve will read; the music will be played by MCMS faculty members Joe Deleault and Don Davis.

Deleault, a composer and session pianist, has performed at The Discover Jazz Festival, the Manchester Blues and Jazz Festival, at The House of Blues, Scullers Jazz Club and many other venues; he was voted best original performer of 2006 by the Hippo. His playing can be heard on the Dawson’s Creek Season 2 DVD.

Don Davis, saxophonist, studied at Berklee College of Music and at Creative Music Studio in New York; he has performed and recorded with LL Cool J, Toots and the Maytals, and many others, and is a member of the New Hampshire Jazz Orchestra.

Reeve is a poet, novelist, and critic, published in literary journals across the country. Now retired from academia, he taught at Columbia and in Wesleyan’s Russian Department.

The event is part of the 2007/2008 installment of the school’s Manchester Chamber Players Concert Series, now in its 14th season. For more information, call 644-4548 or visit www.mcmusicschool.org.


Performing “The Blue Cat Walks the Earth: A Poetry and Jazz Project” are (l to r) poet F.D. Reeve; Don Davis, saxophone, and Joe Deleault, piano. Courtesy photo.

Hep cats
What: “The Blue Cat Walks the Earth” poetry plus jazz
Where: Manchester Community Music School, 2291 Elm St., Manchester
When: Thursday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m.
Admission: free
More info: 644-4548 or www.mcmusicschool.org.