Strangers to Us All Lawyers and Poetry

A.B. Spellman

(1935- )
Washington, D.C.

Alfred Bennet Spellman was born in Nixonton, North Carolina on August 7, 1935. He attended Howard University where he obtain his undergraduate degree in 1952, and his law degree in 1959.

Spellman worked during the 1960s in Greenwich Village bookstore and wrote poetry and music reviews for Kulchu Jazz, Metronome, and Downbeat.


A.B. Spellman, The Beautiful Days (New York: The Poets Press, 1965)


A.B. Spellman, Four Lives in the Bebop Business: Cecil Taylor, Ornette Coleman, Herbie Nichols, Jackie McLean Spellman, A.B. (New York: Pantheon Books, 1966)(London: MacGibbon & Kee 1967)(New York: Shocken Books, 1973)(New York: Limelight Editions, 1985)(New York: Limelight Editions, 1994)

____________________, Black Music (New York: Shocken Books, 1970)