James Baldwin’s short story “Sonny’s Blues” first appeared in 1957 in Partisan Review, a prominent literary magazine. “Sonny’s Blues” was reprinted in Going to Meet the Man among seven additional short stories by Baldwin. Utilizing a jazz motif, “Sonny’s Blues” is a glimpse into the way that the jazz can appear in literature through thematic representation of the blues. In this short story the themes of alienation and individualism sing the blues across the page. “Sonny’s Blues” also references the blues by naming musicians Charlie Parker and Louie Armstrong and also the 1924 jazz standard "Am I Blue?"