The Langston Hughes Project w/ Malcolm-Jamal Warner and the Ron McCurdy Quartet. The work is based on Hughes’ epic poem, Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz. Music composed by Ron McCurdy and Eli Brueggemann.

The Langston Hughes Project

Embodying Langston Hughes at His Best

A multimedia concert performance of Hughes’ kaleidoscopic jazz poem, Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz, which features Malcolm-Jamal Warner (Cosby Show) and the Ron McCurdy Quartet. Ask Your Mama is Hughes’ homage in verse and music to the struggle for artistic and social freedom in America and abroad at the beginning of the 1960s. 

EXPERIENCEan emotionally infused multimedia performance that is “intellectually stimulating and musically electrifying!” -Lillian U. Harder, Director at the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, Clemson University
JOINour list of successful programming at these colleges- Skirball Cultural Center, Carnegie Hall, University of Nebraska, Arizona State University, Cal Poly University, University of Southern California.
EXPOSEyour audience to the wonderful world of blues, gospel songs, boogie woogie, bebop, Afro-Cuban mambo music, German lieder, West Indian calypso, and African drumming!
EXPLORE the 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.