Hughes Blues

Langston Hughes’ love of jazz suffused his work as a poet. Hughes was considered a pioneer in jazz poetry, and collaborated with numerous jazz musicians in poetry readings. This podcast features a number of his jazz-influenced poems, along with a number of music selections from Hughes’ personal record collection.


 “How Long Blues” Count Basie

“Blues at Dawn” Langston Hughes reading, Henry “Red” Allen, trumpet

“The Mooche” Duke Ellington

“Consider Me” Langston Hughes reading, with Charles Mingus

“Dreams” Langston Hughes reading

“The Pearls” Jelly Roll Morton

“’Round Midnight” Thelonious Monk

“Good Morning Blues” Jimmy Rushing, Count Basie

“Homesick Blues” Langston Hughes reading

“The Weary Blues” Langston Hughes reading

“Scenes in the City” Charles Mingus, Melvin Stewart narrating

“I, Too” Langston Hughes reading

“Night & Morn” Langston Hughes reading, Henry “Red” Allen, trumpet

“After Hours” Avery Parish with Erskine Hawkins

“Backlash Blues” Nina Simone

“Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen” Randy Weston


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Published January 6th, 2019 by Bob Hecht

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