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From Langston Hughes’ duets with Charles Mingus to the African drum and story traditions of antiquity, jazz poetry has a rich legacy. But today’s self-described jazz poets could learn a thing or two from Reuben Jackson and Al Young. Jackson, the shyer of the two, endears listeners with his nervous banter before blowing their minds with the understated intelligence and aching lyricism of his poems. Young, used to guiding young writers while serving on the faculties of Stanford University and UC Santa Cruz, brings some of that Bay-area jazz flavor with him. Known for combining scatted melodies and rhythmic lines, Young’s reading promises to be the hot pot to Jackson’s cozy. At 8 p.m. at the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. $8. (202) 544-7077. (Holly Bass)