Poet Amiri Baraka (1934 – 2014) compellingly brought the sounds and rhythms of jazz into his work in the Black Arts movement.
A prime example is Baraka vocalizing Thelonious Monk’s stair-step piano figure from “Misterioso” in the poem “Bang Bang Outishly.”
In this 2007 interview, Baraka discussed the profound influence of John Coltrane.
A revelatory moment occurs around 11:40 when Baraka vocally mimics Coltrane’s horn.
Check out Amiri Baraka’s keen ear for jazz, and his ability to home in on the poetic DNA of a horn line or piano figure. Then use that inspiration in your own work.