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Jazzonia: Jazz and the Poetry of Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes is widely known as the 'Poet Laureate of Black America,’ but his work reaches beyond the boundaries of race. Inspired by the rhythm and romance of jazz in 1920s' New York, Hughes introduced the language of jazz into his poems and changed the sound of modern poetry.

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Remembering Count Basie

In New York in the mid-30s, the Basie Band's music had a tremendous impact on the reigning 'King of Swing,' Benny Goodman. Goodman covered many Basie Band tunes; in fact his first million-selling record was the famous Count Basie composition "One O' Clock Jump."

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