The Langston Hughes Project


The Carolina Theatre of Durham

309 W Morgan St

Durham, NC, United States, 27701

The Langston Hughes Project is a multimedia concert performance of Langston Hughes’s kaleidoscopic jazz poem suite, which features the Ron McCurdy Quartet. Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz is Hughes’s homage in verse, music to the struggle for artistic and social freedom at home and abroad at the beginning of the 1960s. It is a twelve-part epic poem which Hughes scored with musical cues drawn from blues and Dixieland, gospel songs, boogie woogie, bebop and progressive jazz, Latin “cha cha” and Afro-Cuban mambo music, German lieder, Jewish liturgy, West Indian calypso, and African drumming — a creative masterwork left unperformed at his death.

By way of videography, this concert performance links the words and music of Hughes’ poetry to topical images of Ask Your Mama’s people, places, and events, and to the works of the visual artists Langston Hughes admired or collaborated with most closely over the course of his career

Sale Dates and Times:

Public Onsale : Fri, 17 Nov 2017 at 10:00 AM

Local Presale : Wed, 15 Nov 2017 at 10:00 AM


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