Langston Hughes Project

Langston Hughes Project

Celebrating Black History Month with the Langston Hughes Project Virtual Performance

Attend our multimedia virtual concert performance, Langston Hughes’ kaleidoscopic jazz poem suite, “Ask Your Mama: Twelve Moods for Jazz,” featuring the Ron McCurdy Quartet. 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. Together the words, sounds, and images recreate a magical moment in our cultural history, which bridges the Harlem Renaissance, the post World War II Beat writers’ coffeehouse jazz poetry world, and the looming Black Arts performance explosion of the 1960s.

The performance is brought to life by the extraordinary talents of the Ron McCurdy Quartet. Dr. Ronald C. McCurdy is a professor of music at the Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California (USC), and is a past president of the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE). Prior to his appointment at USC, he served as Director of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. Dr. McCurdy is the director of the National Grammy Vocal Jazz Ensemble and Combo, and serves as Director of the Walt Disney All-American College Band in Anaheim, CA.

Dr. McCurdy has performed with a host of legendary jazz artists, including Wynton Marsalis, Joe Williams, Rosemary Clooney, Terence Blanchard, Leslie Uggams, Arturo Sandoval, Diane Schuur, Ramsey Lewis, Mercer Ellington, Dr. Billy Taylor, Maynard Ferguson, Lionel Hampton, and Dianne Reeves. He is a performing artist for the Yamaha International Corporation.

This event is free and open to the community.

Multimedia Virtual Concert Performance
will be available to watch: Feb. 22 – 25 (link will be live starting on Feb. 22)
Enter password: LHP2021

Question and Answer
following the performance hosted by Dr. McCurdy

Thursday, February 25 
2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

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