Langston Hughes's Ask Your Mama!


12 Part epic poem with musical cues drawn from the blues, New Orleans Jazz, Gospel, Boogie Woogie, BeBop and other forms of progressive jazz written by Langston Hughes in the early 60s.

It was never performed in his lifetime but Dr. Ron McCurdy has a production of it online at the following addresses.  The politics of this piece are fascinating.  I can well imagine it being performed at the a Newport Jazz Festival in the early 60s sandwiched between Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington. 

Contemporary Performance of Ask Your Mama!

The Langston Hughes Project: Descriptions of Ask Your Mama!

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