Detroit JazzStage Welcomes Poet M.L. Liebler and Guitarist/Poet Ron English

The Kurl Of The Butterfly's Tongue CD coverThis month on Detroit JazzStage, we welcome poet M.L. Liebler and jazz guitarist/poet Ron English. M.L. fronts the group, M. L. Liebler & The Magic Poetry Band. By day, he is a Wayne State University professor (and St. Clair Shores, Michigan’s first Poet Laureate). Over the last twenty plus years, M.L. has combined his insightful, urban poetry with the funky tones of modern jazz, resulting in a perfect elision of sound and vision. Ron has enjoyed a long and varied music career, with roots wide and deep in blues, Broadway, bebop, avant-garde, funk, Motown, and gospel. M.L. and Ron share their views of how poetry and jazz are intertwined, plus discuss their 2007 CD The Kurl Of The Butterfly’s Tongue. Their Detroit experience is peppered with some of the people and places they have encountered through the years such as the Detroit Artists Workshop, the Detroit Contemporary 5, Cobb’s Corner, Jack Kerouac’s first wife Edie Parker and many more.

Ron also discusses his latest CD by his group Psalm 150 Ensemble. His CD, titled Devotions, features a stellar Detroit lineup. The Psalm 150 Ensemble perform Ron’s arrangements of negro spirituals and traditional sacred music.

Information on where to purchase both CD’s can be found at

The Twilight Blues
Rock ‘N’ Roll

Magic Poetry Band – The Kurl Of The Butterfly’s Tongue
The Jazz/Foster’s – M.L.
A Work in Progress/Dragons – Faruq Z. Bey
The Blower – Ron English
The Kurl of the Butterfly’s Tongue/Spectrum – Faruq Z. Bey

Faruq Z. Bey – Tenor Sax
Ron English – Guitar
Jef Reynolds – Bass
Bill Hulet – Drums

Psalm 150 Ensemble – Devotions
I  Know It Was The Blood – Traditional Spiritual – Ron English solo Guitar
Jacob’s Ladder – Traditional Spiritual

Ron English
– Guitar
Dean Moore II
– Alto Saxophone
John Dana – Bass
Gerald Cleaver – Drums

Opening Music
– Mark Byerly’s Marks Mood available on the self titled CD Bop Culture
Closing Music – Mark Byerly’s Erroenious available on Bop Culture’s CD The E.P.
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