Washington Musica Viva presents an adaptation of "The Weary Blues," the 1958 collaboration between Langston Hughes and Charles Mingus. Poetry by Langston Hughes, original music by Charles Mingus and new music by Charles Gerard.
Holly Bass, reader; Pepe González, bass; John Kamman, guitar; Chris Royal, trumpet; Carl Banner, piano; Charley Gerard, alto saxophone; and Harold Summey, drums.
Performed in the Langston Room at Busboys and Poets in Washington DC on January 23, 2008.
The video below is the first of eight segments, which contains: contains:
1. "Hey!" (Gerard)
2. "The Weary Blues" (Gerard)
3. "Blues At Dawn" (Gerard)
Used with permission by Washington Musica Viva.
Adaptation of "The Weary Blues" (collaboration between Langston Hughes and Charles Mingus) presented by Washington Musica Viva
The great jazz artist Charles Mingus would have been 90 this year. Throughout 2012 the Borderbend Arts Collective is presenting programs that celebrate Mingus' life and work. Charles Mingus at 90 is a multidisciplinary celebration -- with music, visual art, writing, and other art forms. Borderbend has opened a call for contributions; click here to find out more.
Click here to read the Charles Mingus at 90 table of contents (so far).