White Crane friend, advisor—and all round mensch—Malcolm Boyd, will give a concert reading of his prayer-poems accompanied by a jazz trio at the 2010 Sausalito International Film Festival on August 14. Musicians appearing with Boyd are guitarist Johnnie Valentino, composer Scott Page-Payter on keyboards and percussionist Marino Bambino.
Boyd's words are combined with musical themes by the late legendary jazz musician Vince Guaraldi. "The Anatomy of Vince Guaraldi," a new film in which Boyd appears, will be screened at the festival. Over four weeks in 1966 a remarkable series of performances at the hungry i nightclub in San Francisco's North Beach captured the imagination of hip audiences and resonated around the world. Dick Gregory gave the stage to Guaraldi and Episcopal priest-author Boyd. Prayers, Beat poetry and jazz fused. Though covered by global media the performances were never recorded. Very few had an opportunity to experience this happening. Until now. The prayer-poems are from Boyd's bestselling classic "Are You Running with Me, Jesus?"
White Crane Books offers two other titles by Boyd Take Off The Masks, his classic spiritual biography and coming out story and A Prophet in His Own Land: The Malcolm Boyd Reader, collected writings from five decades.