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New York City, uptown, the 1920s. Poets, writers, dancers, and musicians came to Harlem to experience the excitement of the jazz age and to see the cabarets and floor shows at the Apollo Theatre and the Cotton Club. People flocked to Harlem to hear the genius of band leader Duke Ellington, the jazz-poetry of Langston Hughes, and the romantic lyricism of Countee Cullen. The Harlem Renaissance produced some of the 20th century's greatest and most influential artists, figures at the center of the spectacular jazz era. These African American artists created a new American sound and a new American culture. This unique recording tells the Harlem Renaissance story through the spoken word and live music of some of its most famous works. Experience it all yourself in?THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE REMEMBEREDForeword and Afterword by Jonathan Gross, Ph.D. ?Hear the story of Harlem, told through the words of its poets and the sound of its musicians. Imagine yourself in the Cotton Club where Duke Ellington and his famous orchestra performed their hit song, ?Take the A Train?. Listen to Langston Hughes's ?Theme for English B? recited aloud while the strains of ?Mood Indigo? play from a distant radio. Learn what the world was like in the 1920s when the Harlem Renaissance was at its height, and why it is still so important today.
New York City, uptown, Harlem. In the 1920s it was the most exciting place in the world. Poets, writers, dancers, and musicians all came together and invented a new American culture - a dazzling and revolutionary African American culture of music and poetry and art. Everyone who was anyone wanted to come to Harlem and hear the music of jazz genius Duke Ellington, the rap-like stylings of Langston Hughes, and the classical lyricism of Countee Cullen. It was a true time of rebirth for African Americans who were striving for recognition and respect. It was The Harlem Renaissance - an explosive celebration of African American life and culture like the world had never seen before. It produced some of the 20th century's greatest and most influential artists; artists like Ellington, Hughes, and Cullen who are remembered and loved today. Filled with energy and the spirit of freedom and creative expression, The Harlem Renaissance changed America forever. Hear it and experience it yourself in THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE REMEMBERED.