What is Jazz?

Improvisation at its best
Instruments frolic more or less
The more you feel its passion
The better it gets

Jazz is history
Roots cling to the soil of Louisiana
Where trumpets wail and
Saxophones hail cottontail

Remember the renaissance
Not so long ago where
Billie, Ella, Louis, Coltrane
To name an esteemed few

Souls like those set the tone
Creating the embryonic
Essence of which present and future
Artist flow

What is Jazz?
Jazz is life. It has a birth.
A history. A life untold
In poetic justice, we must unfold

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~ by Abeni El-Amin on February 16, 2010.