Hughes and blues

September 19, 2018

Thanks to a couple of posts from Open Culture, you can tune in to the sound of Langston Hughes reading his work to the sound of the blues. In “Same In Blues/Comment On Curb” Hughes reads to the sounds of Charles Mingus on bass and Jimmy Knepper on trombone. In the recently remastered “Harlem In Vogue: The Poetry And Jazz Of Langston Hughes” hear Hughes reading with Mingus and the Horace Parlan Quintet and with Leonard Feather’s All-Star Sextet. And in this CBC Vancouver 1958 broadcast of “The 7 O’Clock Show” Hughes recites his poem, “The Weary Blues” (1925) to jazz accompaniment by the Doug Parker Band.

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