American News Photo by John Davis
April 11, 2013
Ronald McCurdy, center, musical director of the Langston Hughes Project, plays trumpet during Wednesday night's performance of "Ask Your Mama, 12 Moods for Jazz" at Northern State University's Krikac Auditorium. The multimedia performance is a 12 part epic poem scored to a variety of music. According to McCurdy, Hughes originally created "Ask Your Mama" in the aftermath of Hughes' participation at the five-day Newport Jazz Festival in 1960.