-Composer Catherine Reid's setting of eight of my poems will be presented at the Wood Theater on September 23 at 7:00 PM. The program, an oratorio, "Last Call", will alternate my reading with the musical settings performed by vocalists and ensemble as follows:
Singers: Gisella Montenez Case -Soprano, Barbara Zanoni - Mezzo, Debbie Gecewicz - Alto, Camille West- Alto, Zack Bissell - Tenor/spoken word, John Alecci - tenor John Anthime Miller - Baritone, Mark Collier - Bass. Inst: Catherine Reid - Piano, Jonathan Greene - saxophone/Clarinet, John Anthime Miller - Cello, John Alecci - Synthesizer
This includes an exhibit of original art work in response to the poems. Spread the word!

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- Jazz at the Lake: Lake George Jazz Weekend 2017, A Tribute to Jazz Innovation, Saturday and Sunday September 16th - 17th, schedule at  

"One of the best-kept secrets on the Eastern jazz festival circuit,
the Lake George Jazz Festival is a gem worth discovering.”
 Bill Milkowski, Downbeat Magazine

Lawn Seating~  All Concerts are FREE

Saturday, September 16:
1 PM: Lyric Fury
2:45: Ola Onabule
4:30: The Cookers

Sunday, September 17:
1 PM: Camille Thurman
            & the Darrell Green Trio
2:45: Orrin Evans
4:30: Emilio Solla

Special Saturday evening performance 7:30 PM:
Dave Liebman Tribute to Coltrane

- Word Of Mouth Poetry Series: Frank Murphy & Paul Pines are featured
Thursday August 10th, 2017, 7:00 
Art Bar Gallery, 674 Broadway Kingston, New York 845-338-2789
$3.00 admission
















- Paul will be reading at 8:00, Monday, August 29th at Harmony, 52 Mill Hill Road in

- Jazz at the Lake: Lake George Jazz Weekend 2016, Saturday and Sunday September 17th - 18th, schedule at  

For more on Paul and Jazz at the Lake go here, and here for Paul's illustrious beginnings in the East Village as a jazz impresario.

-  Charlotte Songs will be featured at the Marsh Hawk Press book launch reading on May 5th at Poets House in NYC:

-  I attended the Association of Writers and Writers Program (AWP) Book Fair in LA from March 30 - April 2, as a Dos Madres and Marsh Hawk press author.

- I did a reading at the First Annual New Orleans Poetry Festival on April 15-17, 2016 with two other Marsh Hawk poets, Eileen Tabios and Sandy Macintosh. 

- Veterans’ Voices is a local group of armed forces vets interested in how ancient literature elucidates the trauma of warfare. On November 12, 2016 the group performed excerpts from Sophocles’ quintessential war tragedy, Ajax, directed by Paul Pines.

The play tells the story of the dishonored soldier, Ajax, cheated of his due in the Trojan War and humiliated before his wife and fellow soldiers. His suicide remains one of the most shocking acts ever dramatized on the Greek stage, and one that resonates with an equally shocking statistic: each day, on average, 22 American veterans choose to end their lives.

The members of Veterans’ Voices engages the audience in a broad conversation about the human cost of war from antiquity to modernity, and raises awareness of the challenges our veterans face when they return home from war — as well as the challenges faced by their families, caregivers, and communities. This extraordinary event was free and open to the public.

- Lake George Jazz Festival

2015 Schedule.  

9/19: 1 PM: Julian Lage Trio; 2:45, Jamie Baum Septet; 4:30: The Jazz Passengers

9/20: 1 PM: Victor Preto Trio; 2:45: “Works” with Joe Lovano; 4:30: Ghost Train Orchestra; Special Saturday evening performance 7:30 PM: Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet

Poet of Jazz: Paul Pines in the Lake George Mirror Magazine.

- Lake George Jazz 2014 : Celebrating three decades of presenting established and emerging jazz masters!

11/13: 1 PM: Manuel Valera ~ New Cuban Express , 2:45 Cyrille Aimee ~ Gypsy Jazz Quintet 4:30: SexMob Plays Fellini:  ~ The Music Of Nino Rota; Special Saturday evening performance 7:30 PM: Anat Cohen Quartet

Sunday, September 14: 1 PM: Billy Martin's Wicked Knee, 2:45:  Jane Bunnett & Maqueque, 4:30: Raymond Scott Orchestrette

J. Hunter reviews Jazz @ The Lake Day One
J . Hunter reviews Jazz @ The Lake Day Two
J. Hunter's interview with Steve Bernstein

Mudd Club Meets Bird Land at This Year’s Lake George Jazz Weekend

The Lake George Mirror:
Manuel Valera At This Years Lake George Jazz Festival
Women Leading Bands at this Year’s Lake George Jazz Festival 

2012 Lake George Jazz Weekend

- Speaker: William Bronk-Sheldon Hurst Lecture Series: Lecture by Paul Pines: Tuesday, September 23 at 12:40pm,  The Poetic Imagination & The Submerged Center: Getting to Know the Knower.  Sponsored by the Herman Maril Foundation as part of the exhibition Such Things As these  An Educational Exploration in Art and Poetry, The Dr. Sheldon and Karen Hurst Art Collection. SUNY Adirondack

- Reading at Cafe Lena, Saratoga Springs:  Poetry Open Mic Featuring Paul Pines, reading largely from his new collection, Fishing On the Pole Star and Mike Jurkovic.  Wednesday, 11/3 @ 7:30 PM

-  Poets Speak Outloud:  McGeary's Irish Pub,  Albany, Monday, August 25, at@ 7:30

- New Orleans Variations & Paris Ouroboros named Best Book of Poetry in 2013:  Paul had the honor to receive the award for the best book of poetry of 2013 from The ADIRONDACK CENTER FOR WRITING at their annual ceremony at Blue Mountain Center in Blue Mountain Lake. The book is New Orleans Variations & Paris Ouroboros, form Dos Madres Press, available directly from the publisher or the default, Amazon. I thank all those involved.

- Paul read from Fishing On the Pole Star at a week's residency at the Gloucester Writers Center, the former home of poet Vincent Ferrini, frequented by Charles Olson, both poetically speaking trollers in the sea of creative discovery, extending the poem into an associative exploration of connections not immediately evident to the naked eye, from August 2 - 9, 2014.   

-  Northshore Book Store Reading:  Poets Paul Pines and Sherry Kearns will present a reading of their work, 5/30/2014 7:00 pm at 424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, New York.
New Orleans Variations & Paris Ouroboros by Paul Pines
As Paul Pines moves through two cities he reminds us that 'we go where we must to find / what we need.' And what he finds is plenty—plenty in all senses and for all the senses. From poems that hang out in the crazy costumes, poignant hilarities, and irreverent reverences of Mardi Gras, to those that fly with Hermes over the roofs of Paris, explore light with Monet and Pissarro, and walk graveyards in the wake of Apollinaire—this book brims, seethes, teems, with qi, duende, life.

- Inaugural Conference of Caci at University of Arizona:  Paul will be one of six presenters at a conference sponsored by the Center for American Culture and Ideas at the University of Arizona discussing The Future of High Culture in America, March 19 - 23. My paper, High Culture, Poetic Imagination & the Submerged Center, treats material I've been thinking about for many years.

- The Tin Angel Opera :  Scenes Presented at The Center for Contemporary Opera will present scenes from the Tin Angel Opera. We hope you can attend!  Date:April 21 -22, 2011 Time:8:00 pm  Where:The Cell Theater, 338 West 23rd Street, NYC, (646) 861-2253

- Annual Gala to benefit The Center for Contemporary Opera:  Scenes from The Tin Angel Opera will be performed. Please join us February 10, 2011, 8:00 pm at The National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, NYC, 800-838-3006.  Get more details

- The Tribeca Performing Arts Center's Lost Jazz Shrines Celebrates Tin Palace  With Oliver Lake, Reggie Workman, Andrew Cyrille, The Luciana Souza Trio, Giacomo Gates, George V. Johnson, Jr. and many others

- (Spring 2007) The BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center proudly announces the 2007 Lost Jazz Shrines series. This year, the annual celebration will focus on Tin Palace, bringing yet another legendary NYC venue temporarily back into the consciousness of the jazz world with a thorough remembrance and examination. This year's Jazz Shrines Series will encompass three concerts (Fridays, May 18, June 1 and June 15) featuring Oliver Lake, Reggie Workman, Andrew Cyrille, The Luciana Souza Trio, Giacomo Gates, George V. Johnson, Jr. and many others, performing some of the legendary music that was performed at Tin Palace during that unforgettable offbeat, post-hippy, pre-punk era of the East Village. In addition, all three concerts will be proceeded by a FREE Humanities Program with live interviews and films that showcase some of the celebrated figures associated with the venue, including Paul Pines, former owner and music booker.

BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center's annual “Lost Jazz Shrines" series is an exciting rediscovery of the hottest, hippest and legendary jazz venues in the Big Apple. This year's series celebrates Tin Palace, which opened in the fall of 1970 at Bowery and Second Street. Owner Paul Pines, presented an array of jazz, from classics and standards to fusion, and a series of Brazilian percussionists, some of whom used silverware and salt shakers as musical instruments. The club became recognized by the media and music industry as a serious venue and soon the seedy East Village backstreet was lined by limousines and Japanese tourists.

  • Friday, May 18th, 2007, 7:00 PM-Humanities Panel: Paul Pines, Tin Palace owner, will be interviewed by Ted Panken (WKCR, JazzTimes, DownBeat) 8:30 PM Jazz Concert: Trio 3 with Oliver Lake (saxophone), Reggie Workman (bass) and Andrew Cyrille (drums).
  • Friday, June 1st, 2007, 7:00 PM Humanities Panel: A film retrospective exploring Brazilian jazz music, moderated and narrated by Michael Chertok 8:30 PM Jazz Concert: The Luciana Souza Trio will perform Brazilian music reminiscent of the Tin Palace's glory days in the 1970's.
  • Friday, June 15th, 2007, 7:00 PM Humanities Panel: A presentation of the film “Eddie Jefferson in Concert, featuring Richie Cole", by Rhapsody Films, introduced by Willard Jenkins 8:30 PM Jazz Concert: George V. Johnson, Jr. and Giacomo Gates, backed by the Ronnie Mathews Trio, will perform the legendary music of the “Father of Vocalese" Eddie Jefferson.

More on The Tin Palace:

Paul Pines wanted to open a jazz club that captured the high energy of old downtown jazz clubs but not the hard drugs and doomed history set by Charlie Parker and Lee Morgan. Pines stated, “I knew I wanted a jazz room with the energy of Slugg's, but not the pathology--the doomed gestalt of hard drugs and raw emotion that had so deeply attached itself to the music since Charlie Parker, the poet maudit of jazz. I believed it was possible to turn that around, that a music which reached for transcendence as often as for a soul could find a more conducive setting." He opened The Tin Palace at 325 Bowery Street @ 2nd Street, New York in the fall of 1970. The first six months catered to the Bowery/Soho crowd, which included painters in the lofts, such as Mike Goldberg and Robert Indiana. The club opened with Murray Shapinski Quartet, Charlie Turyn, saxophonist, Vinnie Giangreco, guitarist.

Tin Palace experienced a new owner's gift by getting the same telephone number as the defunct Slugg's Saloon. Callers were invited to the new Tin Palace. With Murray Shapinski, flautist Lloyd McNeill, and guitarist, Allen Gittler as the featured artists for the first flurry of calls, looking for Slugg's the place started up smoothly. Lloyd McNeill assisted with the booking by bringing in Brazilian ensembles featuring Amaury Tristao, Dom Salvador, and Portinio. These Brazilian musicians kept the club packed with Brazilian percussionists using silverware and saltshakers as musical instruments. Soon the club was listed in the New Yorker and Village Voice and other players were calling and dropping by. The club became a tourist attraction, limousines were lining the streets and groups of Japanese tourists ventured into the seedy west village backstreet.

In 1973, Stanley Crouch and his protg David Murray moved into an apartment above Tin Palace. There Paul Pine and Stanley Crouch developed a friendship beyond music and shared ideas and opinions. Topics of discussion covered the book of Job, Fats Navarro, Proust, Spengler, and Aime Cesar. Stanley Crouch had proposed opening an avant-garde Sunday afternoon series, which was very successful. He brought in “Air"-the trio of Henry Threadgill, Fred Hopkins & Steve McCall, David Murray, James Blood Ulmer, Oliver Lake and many others. Paul Pine booked the musicians until he sold it in 1976, and the club continued for another three years, with Stanley Crouch booking the room. Although several artists appeared at the Tin Palace, Paul Pine notes Eddie Jefferson, Richie Cole, Jimmy Giuffre, Paul Bley and Steve Swallow as memorable for him. He also fondly notes the establishment of the World Saxophone Quartet which started at the Tin Palace.

BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center's annual “Lost Jazz Shrines" series is curated by Artistic Director Willard Jenkins, a jazz writer, broadcaster and consultant.