The 'Lost' Opera of Jazzman Johnson, Poet Hughes Jazz pianist James P. Johnson -- the "father of stride" -- once collaborated with poet Langston Hughes on De Organizer, an opera describing union organizing among blacks in the 1920s. For 60 years, the work was forgotten. But a production of the opera opens Tuesday in Detroit. Celeste Headlee of member station WDET reports.

The 'Lost' Opera of Jazzman Johnson, Poet Hughes

The 'Lost' Opera of Jazzman Johnson, Poet Hughes

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Jazz pianist James P. Johnson — the "father of stride" — once collaborated with poet Langston Hughes on De Organizer, an opera describing union organizing among blacks in the 1920s. For 60 years, the work was forgotten. But a production of the opera opens Tuesday in Detroit. Celeste Headlee of member station WDET reports.