Photo Album – Jazz-Poetry Concert 2013


Our tech and stage crew worked all day to get the stage ready for the Jazz-Poetry Concert. Photo by Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo.

Early in the day on September 7, 700+ chairs arrived on Sampsonia Way. Our amazing team of volunteers, friends and neighbors helped City of Asylum get ready to welcome a large audience to our home on the Northside for Writers in the Gardens and the annual Jazz-Poetry Concert. Photo by Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo.

Tuning the piano before sound-check for Jazz-Poetry Concert 2013. Photo by Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo.

The weather was beautiful, and we had a big crowd for the outdoor concert. Photo by Renee Rosensteel.

Jazz-Poetry Concert 2013 brought people from all over the City to Pittsburgh’s Northside for a magical evening of jazz and poetry. Photo by Renee Rosensteel.

The crowd settles in on Sampsonia Way just before the Jazz-Poetry Concert starts. Photo by Renee Rosensteel.

Oliver Lake makes his entrance. Oliver has curated the music and musicians for all of City of Asylum’s Jazz-Poetry Concerts. Photo by Renee Rosensteel.

Oliver Lake plays by City of Asylum’s “Winged House,” with its signature artwork by Thaddeus Moseley. Photo by Renee Rosensteel.

City of Asylum writer-in-residence Yaghoub Yadali (Iran) reading at Jazz-Poetry Concert 2013. Photo by Renee Rosensteel.

Writer and journalist Khet Mar, former City of Asylum writer-in-residence, reading at Jazz-Poetry Concert 2013. Photo by Renee Rosensteel.



City of ASylum writer-in-residence Israel Centeno rading with Pittsburgh writer Gina Mazza and accordionit Henry Doktorski. Photo by Renee Rosensteel.

Jazz-Poetry Concert Emcee Silvia Duarte, editor of Sampsonia Way Magazine. Photo by Renee Rosensteel.



Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo, visiting writer and blogger from Cuba, greets the audience at City of Asylum’s Jazz-Poetry Concert 2013. Photo by Renee Rosensteel.

Audience at City of Asylum’s Jazz-Poetry Concert 2013 hold aloft the names of writers from all over the world who were persecuted during the past year. Photo by Renee Rosensteel.


JPC2013 audience at City of Asylum salutes writers from all over the world who were persecuted in the past 12 months. Photo by Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo.

Oliver Lake (saxophone), Harrison Bankhead (bass) and Dee Alexander (vocals) at City of Asylum’s Jazz-Poetry Concert 2013. Photo by Renee Rosensteel.

Pianist Miguel de la Cerna at Jazz-Poetry Concert 2013. Photo by Renee Rosenseteel.


In addition to being an acclaimed musician, Oliver Lake is an accomplished poet; he read one of his poems at Jazz-Poetry Concert 2013. Photo by Renee Rosensteel.

Magician Paul Gertner choreographed his sleight-of-hand to illustrate a poem by Ariel Dorfman. Jazz-Poetry Concert 2013. Photo by Renee Rosensteel.


Chinese poet Wang Jiaxin performing his poems with Oliver Lake, Dee Alexander and her Trio at City of Asylum. Photo by Renee Rosensteel.


Sridala Swami (India) reciting her poems at City of Asylum’s 2013 Jazz Poetry Concert. Photo by Renee Rosensteel.

Poet Joy Harjo and Oliver Lake at Jazz-Poetry Concert 2013. Photo by Renee Rosensteel.

Henry Doktorski, Israel Centeno, Paul Gertner, Khet Mar, Yaghoub Yadali, Joy Harjo, Wang Jiaxin, and Sridala Swami take a bow. Photo by Renee Rosensteel.