Discussion with Distinguished Artist in Residence Jason Moran: James Reese Europe
Moran will discuss the life, music, and legacy of jazz pioneer James Reese Europe (1880-1919). Born in Mobile, Alabama, Europe moved with his family to DC when he was 10 and attended the M Street School—now Dunbar High School. In 1910, Europe organized the Clef Club, an organization that advocated for African-Americans in the music industry. The Clef Club Orchestra performed at Carnegie Hall in 1912 and featured the compositions of African-American composers Harry T. Burleigh and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. During World War I, Europe served as a commissioned officer in the New York Army National Guard, the 369th Harlem Hell Fighters, directing the regimental band. His post-war activities included a series of highly influential recordings for Pathê Records.
Thursday, December 6 at 7:30pm
Davis Performing Arts Center, Gonda Theatre
37th and O St., N.W., Washington