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Amiri Baraka to Celebrate 75th Birthday With Week of Jazz, Poetry

Amiri Baraka

Among the delights in the new September issue of JazzTimes is an excerpt from DIGGING: The Afro-American Soul of American Classical Music, the recently released book by Amiri Baraka, the iconic playwright, poet, author, critic and activist.

Shameless plugs aside, Baraka turns 75 on Oct. 7 and will celebrate with a week of music, poetry, art and more in his hometown of Newark, N.J. Below are some jazz-related highlights pulled from, the official site with a complete schedule, bio, transportation guide and other info.

Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009

Jazz Vespers concert to honor Amiri Baraka

Bethany Baptist Church

275 West Market Street, Newark, N.J.

(973) 623-8161

Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009

Jazz tribute to Baraka; guest artists and location to be announced

75th Birthday Jazz Jam

WISOMMM African-American Cultural Center

15 James Street, Newark, N.J.

Tickets: $50/person

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