"The Bandleader Who Changed America" at The Egg

That clip embedded above is a segment about James Reese Europe from (we think) the Jazz documentary by Ken Burns. It's a quick overview of Europe's life and his music.

The Egg is hosting a multimedia talk this Thursday, October 4 about the great jazz bandleader and composer James Reese Europe. It's connected to the Harlem Hellfighters exhibit that's on display in the Abrams Building at the ESP. Blurbage:

Through the use of photos, film, and live music, this multimedia presentation will focus on the life and music of James Reese Europe (1880-1919), an extraordinary individual who was not only instrumental in the success of the Harlem Hellfighters, an African-American military regiment from New York that was dispatched to fight for France in World War I, but had a major influence in the development of jazz, swing, and contemporary dance music.
Featuring special guests Michael Dinwiddie, associate professor at New York University's Gallatin School and William Meckley, founder and music director of the Empire Jazz Orchestra, this special evening will also include a musical demonstration and performance by jazz pianist and composer David Gleason, highlighting the history of early jazz music and Europe's profound impact as a bandleader.

The presentation starts at 6:30 pm Thursday and it's free.

The Glory Can Never Fade
There are still a few months to catch the The Glory Can Never Fade: The Legacy of the Harlem Hellfighters exhibit at the Empire State Plaza. It's in the Vietnam Memorial Gallery in the Abrams Building just off State Street.

The 369th Infantry Regiment -- "the Harlem Hellfighters" -- was the regiment in which Henry Johnson served. The exhibit covers of the history of the group and its impact. It's on display through next February.

(Also, while you're there, go around the corner and take a minute to see the Fritz Glarner mural.)

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