July 31, 2008


Philadelphian Lamont Dixon, aka Napalm Da Bomb, is a performance and teaching artist, as well as a mentor to aspiring, young poets. With his band, the Jazzpoetics, he has been a prominent presence on the music/poetry scene for many years. As an artist, Lamont demonstrates what he describes as "vibepoetics" - an eclectic mixing of multiple artistic genres to provide dramatic language arts education. As such, Napalm frequently collaborates with dancers, painters, rappers, storytellers and vocalists.
Napalm’s poetry has been published in many magazines, including Essence AND African Voices. He appears on various jazz CDs including: Awaiting the Spirit, The Po-Jazz Connection and African Rhythm Tongues. Lamont served as co-executive producer for the Philadelphia segment of HBO’s Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam. His latest book of poetry is Come Ride My Poems. In 2007, he released his CD Pigments of My Imagination.

Additionally, Napalm portrays Malcolm X in Fire & Fury: X in Oratory and Langston Hughes in A Walk Down Lennox Ave. In contrast, he has delighted thousands of children with his deft portrayal as Dr. Seuss’ Cat in the Hat.

Performances: Turkey Hill Ice Cream Arts Festival, Chrysler National African-American Cultural Expo; Philadelphia’s Welcome America! Poetry Series; Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; Music City’s Jazz & Arts Festival, Jackson, TN; Garden State Children’s Discovery Museum, PA Multi-cultural Affairs Congress, DuPont’s Clifford Brown Jazz Fest. of DE, W. Oak Lane Jazz Fest., Maryland ARTScape Fest.; Philadelphia Drug Enforcement Agency, State Correctional Institute at Gratersford, PA, Chester County Prison, Annual Conference of
National Association of Black Storytellers

Workshop/Residencies: DE State, Lincoln, St. Joe’s, Lehigh, Temple, Villanova, Arcadia, Rutgers, and Row an Universities; Burlington County and Cumberland County Colleges; U. of Pa. and Union Theological Seminary of NY; Philadelphia Museum of Art; State Theater of New Brunswick, NJ; Volunteers of Amer., Inc., NJ School-Age Care Coalition, Camden Board of Ed., NJ Theater of New Brunswick.

Affiliations: NJ & PA State Council for the Arts, Keepers of the Culture, Inc., National Assn. of Black Storytellers, Rutgers U. Center for the Arts; Rowan U. (CHAMP); Walt Whitman Center for the Arts; Free Library of Philadelphia.

Rostered Arts Organizations: Perkins Center for the Arts, Playwrights Theater of NJ, Young Audiences of NJ, Philadelphia Arts & Education Partnership, Arts Horizons, Musicopia (formerly Strings for Schools), and Camden County Cultural & Heritage Commission
2008 Update: Selected as a Mentor Teaching Artist for Rutgers University’s (New Brunswick) Community Artists Residency Training Series (CARTS)


Spotlight On Jazz And Poetry presents
“An Evening of Jazz and Verse”
September 20, 2008 6:30pm
O’Shivers Hall in Philadelphia

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