Detail from I Built This for You by Tim Frisch

Michael Anania


for Don Rose

 the Pershing Hotel was not
    on Pershing Road but on South
          Cottage Grove, and like so many
notable places in jazz, it no
     longer exists; in 1945, Bird was
        photographed at the door, his sax

in a blonde case, Von Freeman
    and his brothers, Dizzy, as well,      
        the flame trees Ahmad Jamal
fingered into blossom there,
    in 1958, that chill January night,
       chord by tropic chord, tremble still