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Tour Diary: Two days till the tour starts

(May 30, 2012) NEW YORK CITY — I leave on my “Jazz Or Bust” tour on Friday. I’ve really started to feel the “full reality” of it, as Douglas Adams might have said. The stack of boxes pictured above is going into storage today. It’s mostly books of poetry and the shelves to keep them on. Just about everything else I own was already in storage — or ditched when I moved from Albany to NYC last year.

Just last year? So much has happened since I came here at the end of March in 2011. Huge changes in nearly every part of my life. And now this big one — saying goodbye to friends, my sister … even a place to live. This is the first time I’ve ever moved from somewhere without moving to somewhere. It’s a little disorienting, although certainly exciting, too. I’ll definitely be depending on the kindness of friends and strangers from here on out. For who knows how long.

This week I’ve been saying goodbye to people. In a Tolkein-y way, I hope. Off on a great adventure, rather than off to never be seen again. Although I guess the latter is also Tolkein-y. I’ve been reading The Hobbit, too. Also on my Kindle: the Lord of the Rings trilogy, On The Road, two books by adventure cyclist Jill Homer, Thoreau’s Cape Cod, Dogen’s Extensive Record and a lot more of the same ilk. And I’ve got quite a few more on my travel wish list.

I bought my Greyhound pass the other day. So the first two months of travel are covered. (Big thanks to everyone who donated to the tour so far. You can still do that here.) I leave from the Port Authority Bus Terminal on Friday to head to a friend’s house in Wilmington, DE. I’ll be interviewing the guitarist Judith Kay on Saturday, then heading to Pennsylvania on Sunday to see my kids before I head south. I think I’ll be doing an interview in the town where they live, too. By coincidence, a cellist friend, TJ Borden is on tour this summer and will be there the same day I am. Then I’m off to Shepherdstown (WV) to do an interview with Jeff Cosgrove and maybe also a poetry reading. I’ll let you know as soon as I know.

And now I should stop writing this, go rent a UHaul truck and put all this stuff in a Park Slope storage unit to be retrieved … sometime.

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The “Jazz Or Bust” Tour – And Poetry, Too!

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As of June 1, 2012, I’m doing something fairly crazy and taking The Jazz Session on tour. I’m traveling through North America — and then maybe the rest of the world — conducting interviews and giving poetry readings.



My itinerary, daily tour diary, new poems, recordings of my poetry readings, photos and more are at You’ll also find a list of my scheduled poetry readings there. And of course the podcasts from the tour will be at as they always are. And you can follow me on Twitter at @JasonDCrane.


Part 1
June 1-2: Wilmington DE
June 3-5: State College PA
June 6: Shepherdstown WV (Poetry reading at 6 p.m. at Good Natured Market & Vegetarian Cafe, 209 South Raleigh Street Martinsburg, WV)
June 7-9: Washington DC
June 10-13: Richmond, VA (Poetry reading June 12 at 6 p.m. at Chop Suey Books
June 14-15: Charlottesville VA
June 16-19: Nashville, TN (Poetry reading June 17, 4 p.m. The Jazz Cave,
Nashville Jazz Workshop
, 1319 Adams St.)
June 20-22: Knoxville, TN (Poetry reading June 22, 9 p.m. (following the Alive After Five show), at the home of Kay Newton, 1006 Luttrell St.)
June 23-25: Brooklyn (not a typo)
June 26-27: Raleigh, NC
June 28: Atlanta, GA
June 29-July 1: Auburn, AL (Poetry reading June 29, 7 p.m. at The Gnu’s Room, 414 S. Gay St.)
July 2-10: New Orleans, LA
July 11: Auburn, AL
July 12-17: New York City
July 18 through August 7: State College, PA (tour break)
August 8-30: New York City (tour break)

Part 2
August 31-September 3: Detroit Jazz Festival
September 4-the end of the year: Midwest, Rockies, Pacific Northwest, West Coast, Southwest.


There are several ways for you to support my tour.

  1. I’ll be living off the income from the paying members of the show. You can become a member HERE.
  2. You can also make a one-time donation to the tour at various levels from $10 to $1,000. Just choose a level HERE and make your secure donation via PayPal. You don’t need a PayPal account to do this. And there are cool thank-you gifts, too!
  3. Suggest a place to go or a musician to interview.
  4. Give me a place to stay.
  5. Host a house party (any size) so I can read my poetry and maybe sell a book or two.
  6. Suggest a venue (bookstore, performance space) in your town where I could do a poetry reading.
  7. Buy a book for my Kindle from my Amazon travel wish list.

To do any of the above (other than donate) send me an email at Initially, I’ll be traveling on the East Coast, but feel free to suggest places and offer me accommodations anywhere. Thank you!

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