Def Poetry Jam Reunion - Presented by Danny Simmons

Thu, Sep 27 at 12:00am


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Section A: Rows 1-5



We regret to announce that this event has been postponed due to a delay in the opening of our new venue space. We will be announcing the new date and time shortly. If you have already purchased a ticket it will be valid to use at the new date and time. If you cannot make that date/time when it is announced, we will honor a refund request. We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience and thank you for your patience and understanding.

Def Poetry Jam Reunion
—at the new MIST Harlem—
reunites poets from smash HBO & Broadway shows

Nearly 20 years ago, the spoken word movement was exploding. Abstract-expressionist painter Danny Simmons— and published author, poet, painter and art philanthropist—began mixing poetry into his galleries’ shows. Believing that poetry deserved a global platform, Danny set in motion plans which eventually became Def Poetry. Building on brother Russell’s and Stan Lathan’s Def Comedy Jam success, Danny began the branding of spoken word & creating an audience along with partners poet Bruce George and executive Deborah Pointer. Russell saw the potential early on, and allowed Danny to use his brand name to develop the concept nationally.  He also invited Stan Lathan (who’d go onto direct the HBO & Broadway shows).to view a showcase at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. The show was a hit, and Stan signed on to further develop a TV pitch.  A wildly-received HBO showcase at the Aspen Comedy Festival became the tipping point—and launched the HBO TV show… the rest is history: seven (7) seasons, Peabody & Tony Awards, and a critically-acclaimed Broadway show.  Today, spoken word is part of the fabric of American society & arts, and has impacted culture worldwide.  

The Def Poetry Jam Reunion, on September 27 at the new MIST Harlem, reunites poets from the hit HBO & Broadway shows—while introducing the world to Harlem’s next great cultural center.
Hosted by MIST Harlem

MIST (for "My Image Studios") Harlem presents the best in film, live music, spoken word, comedy and more—performed by top established and emerging Black & Latino artists from around the world.

Locating event…

MIST Harlem - My Image Studios

46 West 116th Street, New York, New York 10026, United States