Dr. Ron McCurdy and John Malveaux
John Malveaux of
Poet Langston Hughes was narrator for the 1960 Newport Jazz Festival. He penned the poem ASK YOUR MAMA: 12 Moods for Jazz. Alongside the words of the poem, Hughes sketched out detailed instructions for musical accompaniment. He planned to stage an elaborate performance of his piece with the help of jazz musician and composer Charles Mingus, but died before seeing it to fruition.
On Wednesday, October 28 at UCLA Faculty Center, I attended Dr. Ron McCurdy's multi media presentation (live music, poetry & slides) of Langston Hughes ASK YOUR MAMA: 12 Moods for Jazz. See opening slide and picture with USC music professor Dr. McCurdy.