Moment's Notice: Jazz in Poetry and Prose

An anthology edited by Art Lange and Nathaniel Mackey

July 1, 1992 • 6 x 9 • 384 pages • 978-1-56689-001-4

Jumping boundaries like jazz itself, Moment’s Notice offers the literary rhythms of an eclectic company of distinguished writer, contemporary voices, and legendary musicians—this anthology contains a remarkable selection of jazz-influenced writing. Among the fifty-seven contributors are such well-known writers as James Baldwin, Hayden Carruth, Ntozake Shange, Langston Hughes, Jack Kerouac, Michael Ondaatje, Jayne Cortez, Amiri Baraka, Al Young, Quincy Troupe, Cecil Taylor, Thulani Davis, and Julio Cortazar; as well as the underground work of writes such as Amus Mor.

The first collection of jazz literature to combine poetry and prose in one volume, this is the definitive anthology for jazz lovers and scholars alike. Full-page photographs of jazz musicians at work are interspersed throughout the text.


Moment’s Notice is the best anthology of Jazz literature I’ve ever seen.” —Hungry Mind Review