Jazz and Literature

By | May 26, 2012

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Jazz poet Langston Hughes
This week we continue our ongoing series on jazz and the arts, with an hour-long look at the shared frontiers of jazz and literature. We’ll talk with poet Sascha Feinstein about the many ways jazz shaped the world of poetry, and take a look at the life and work of the so-called “jazz poet” Langston Hughes. And we’ll talk with jazz and literature historian Michael Borshuk about how everyone from the  Beat writers of the 1950s to the civil-rights minded poets of the 1960s found their muses in the world of jazz, and chat with our resident jazz historian Lewis Porter about how jazz critics have shaped our understanding of the music for the last hundred years. (59:00)

Photo: Jazz poet Langston Hughes


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