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Poet Hero: Langston Hughes | Trumpet Player: 52nd Street

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Listen to "Trumpet Player," by Langston Hughes on myhero.com. The poem is an exploration of African American identity through the character of a jazz trumpeter.

"Trumpet Player" is a poem by Langston Hughes published in 1947. It is an exploration of African American identity through the character of a jazz trumpeter. The first stanza introduces the musician, who is depicted as weary, with the collective weight of his ancestors' history of enslavement ablaze in his eyes.