The Weary Blues: Celebrating Langston Hughes at NJPAC

Join New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) for a special virtual presentation on Friday, April 29 at 7 p.m. to celebrate International Jazz Day, National Poetry Month, and the playwright and novelist Langston Hughes. 

Viewers will be treated to song and poetry performances by NJPAC’s Verses and the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Two local Newark poets, Dimitri Reyes and Treasure Borde, will share poetry inspired by Hughes’ life and times. Renowned jazz saxophonist Mark Gross and his quartet will also share their interpretations of Hughes’ compendium of writing. The evening will end with a conversation moderated by Mark Gross with the poets and musicians discussing Hughes’ impact on jazz, poetry, social justice issues, and modern America. 

City Verses is conducted in partnership with Rutgers University - Newark. 

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