Sonny's Blues

References to other works

  • Louis Armstrong and Charlie Parker are mentioned during a conversation between Sonny and his brother.
  • In the final scene Creole, the band and Sonny play "Am I Blue?".
  • A reference to a passage in the Bible is made by the end of the story, when Baldwin compares the Scotch and milk placed in front of Sonny as the “cup of trembling.” This is an allusion to Isaiah 51:17.

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