8 Nov 2019

The Works Limerick Competition: Jazz

From The Works, 9:09 am on 8 November 2019


Limericks with a swing and a thunk in this week's competition!


Thelonious Monk

Thelonious Monk Photo: William P. Gottlieb

This week's winner: 

When naming jazz musos, I’m sunk:
“Who’s making that melodious thunk?
An Earl, Count or Duke?
A nun? (that’s a fluke)
No - got it! Thelonious Monk!”  

- Peter Beatson




Benny Goodman

Benny Goodman Photo: ebay [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Highly commended:

Benny Goodman got a big kick
Playing a wooden licorice stick
At Carnegie Hall
He dazzled them all
And proved he was more than a gimmick

- Kieran Lewis




Don't be sad, Chet

Don't be sad, Chet Photo: Getty Images

Nick asked us to write about jazz
Which produced such a dearth of pizzazz 
I can't help but wonder
If he made a blunder
Expecting more razzamatazz!

- Annie




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Photo: Heinrich Klaffs

And one from Nick:

There once was a master of trumpet
Who said “You can like it or lump it,
But if I take care
I can play a Bach air
But it’s jazz that comes out when I bump it.”