Makes your heart go thump, thump and your feet tap incessantly....Medicine Man

You know the feeling...being riveted by the thump of the bass and that "blue note" that gets your feet to involuntary tap, tap the floor...and then your fingers and thumb start to drum the table....your body eventually gives up and succumbs... you enjoy the movement and do not want the feeling to stop.

Raymond Nat Turner, Photo by Lisa Brennan 5/28/2015

Welcome to the world of this jazz poet...his world.  Raymond Nat Turner!

Enjoy video clip #4, "Medicine Man," performed by aaduna featured guest poet and spoken word artist, Raymond Nat Turner at aaduna's annual spring fundraiser, "In the Spirit of the Harlem Renaissance...Revisited 2015"  held at Theater Mack,     Auburn, NY on May 28, 2015.  

The event was supported by Poets & Writers and the New York State Council on the Arts. 

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Raymond Nat Turner, NYC poet, is the artistic director of the stalwart JazzPoetry Ensemble, UpSurge! He is the executive producer on UpSurge!’s two critically acclaimed CDs, “Chromatology,” and “All Hands on Deck;” the latter, having won Honorable Mention in 2000 for an independent music award from AFIM. Raymond has appeared at numerous festivals and venues including the April 2015 Berkeley Arts Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival and Panafest in Ghana West Africa. Currently, he is Poet-in-Residence at Black Agenda Report. Turner has opened for such luminaries as the late James Baldwin, People’s Advocate Cynthia McKinney, radical sportswriter Dave Zirin and California Congresswoman Barbara Lee following her lone vote against going to war.  He participated in aaduna’s 2014 Harlem fundraiser; was a special guest at the journal’s May 2015 Auburn fundraiser, and invited workshop leader for a session at Auburn High School also in May 2015.  Please visit for more on Turner.

Raymond Nat Turner will be featured in aaduna's next issue launching late summer/early fall.  WATCH FOR HIM!

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  1. It is always a treat and an experience to absorb Raymond Nat Turner's art. His unique expression is infectious. Simply unforgettable. I look forward to his featured work in the upcoming issue of Peace.


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