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Vintage Hughes - The Blues I'm Playing Summary & Analysis

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The Blues I'm Playing Summary

A young black pianist named Oceola Jones comes to the attention of the rich, elderly, white Dora Ellsworth. Dora is a patron of the arts who wants to use her money to help artists dedicate themselves to their art. She is not always perceptive, however, and has been known to support talentless artists.

An art critic alerts Ellsworth to Oceola's talent and Ellsworth asks that the young woman come play for her in her upper East Side apartment in Manhattan. Oceola is reticent, as she is very much involved in her own busy life in Harlem, where she teaches pupils, leads a church choir, and plays at house parties. She finally consents to come and plays for Ellsworth, who is overcome by her talent.

Ellsworth asks Oceola many questions and, after a second performance a few days later, tells Oceola that...

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