SEAVIEW, Wash. - The historic Sou'wester Lodge hosts an unusual evening of poetry and music, as poet Dottie Grossman and jazz trombonist Michael Vlatkovich present their unique "call and response" improvisational performance at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25.
Poet Allen Ginsberg called Grossman's poetry "clear, odd, personal, funny or wild weird, curious and lucid." Grossman lives, works and writes in Los Angeles. Her poems have been published in literary magazines throughout the United States. Her published books include "Cuttings: Selected Poetry 1978-1988," "Poems from Cave 17" and "Museum of Rain."
Michael Vlatkovich, trombonist, composer and arranger, maintains dual citizenship in Los Angeles and in Portland and tours extensively in the United States, Canada and Europe. His last performance at the Sou'wester three years ago brought applause from a sold-out audience.
In addition to leading his own ensembles, Vlatkovich has performed and recorded with a variety of singers and instrumentalists including Peggy Lee, Brian Setzer, Rova Saxophone Quartet, Bryan Adams, Bobby Bradford, Gerry Hemingway and Rob Blakeslee. JAZZIS magazine called Vlatkovich "one of the most extraordinary improvising trombonists in this country as well as overseas ... one of the leading talents among Los Angeles improvisational players ... a daring and emotionally charged performer. His approach manages to express a raw power and beauty within a minimally structured format."
The "call and response" format in which Grossman and Vlatkovich perform was born about two years ago in Albuquerque, N.M., when both were guests on a jazz radio program. "The format solves the problem of one medium overshadowing the other", says Grossman. "It avoids the old 'jazz and poetry' trap with its cliche-ridden stereotype of angry, beret-wearing, bongo-playing Bohemians."
Everyone is invited to this casual evening. Complimentary light refreshments are provided. Admission is free, though a donation to charity is appreciated. Because of limited seating, advance reservations are advised. For information and reservations, call the Sou'wester Lodge at (360) 642-2542.