BENJAMIN BOONE Benjamin Boone Fresno A U.S. Fulbright Scholar to Ghana and a U.S. Fulbright Senior Specialist to the Republic of Moldova, Benjamin Boone’s Origin Records release, The Poetry of Jazz, a collaboration with the late U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize recipient Philip Levine, was recognized as a milestone poetry/jazz project immediately upon its release in March 2018. Praised in leading musical and literary publications, featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” referenced by Terry Gross on “Fresh Air,” voted the #3 “Best Album of 2018” in DownBeat Magazine’s annual Readers Poll (just behind Chick Corea and Wynton Marsalis), and an Editor’s Pick in The Paris Review, The Poetry of Jazz established Boone as one of the most compelling voices exploring the intersections between poetry and jazz. Most recently, Boone recorded with jazz greats Ben Monder, Kenny Werner, and Corcoran Holt for the upcoming Origin Records album, “The Poets are Gathering,” to be released in 2021. Joy, recorded in Ghana with the Ghana Jazz Collective, will be released on Origin Records March 20, 2020.