James Reese Europe Concert
February 17th, 2017
James "Jim" Reese Europe was born in Mobile, Alabama to Henry and Laura Europe. His family including his older sisters (Minnie and Ida) and older brother (John) moved to Washington, D.C. when he was 10 years old. He moved to New York in 1904.
After his return home in February 1919 he stated, "I have come from France more firmly convinced than ever that Negros should write Negro music. We have our own racial feeling and if we try to copy whites we will make bad copies ... We won France by playing music which was ours and not a pale imitation of others, and if we are to develop in America we must develop along our own lines." In 1919 Europe made more recordings for Pathe records. These include both instrumentals and accompaniments with vocalist Noble Sissle who, with Eubie Blake, would later have great success with their 1921 production of Shuffle Along, which gives us the classic song "I'm Just Wild About Harry". Differing in style from Europe's recordings of a few years earlier, they incorporate blues, bluenotes and early jazz influences (including a rather stiff cover record of the Original Dixieland Jass Band's "Clarinet Marmalade").
Tanney Johnson said of his death: "Before Jim Europe came to New York, the colored man knew nothing but Negro dances and porter's work. All that has been changed. Jim Europe was the living open sesame to the colored porters of this city. He took them from their porter's places and raised them to positions of importance as real musicians. I think the suffering public ought to know that in Jim Europe, the race has lost a leader, a benefactor, and a true friend." At the time of his death, he was the best-known African-American bandleader in the United States. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
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DATE: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2017
TIME: 7:00 PM
ADDRESS: DAYTON VA MEDICAL CENTER
4100 W. THIRD STREET
DAYTON, OHIO 45428
LOCATION: BUILDING 305, THEATER
PERFORMING: CENTRAL STATE UNIVERSITY ROBESON WINDS
MR. RAMON KEY, CONDUCTOR
MR. HAL MELIA, NARRATOR
TICKETS: FREE CONCERT, PUBLIC WELCOME
James Reese Europe Band (sample)
Dayton VA Medical Center presents in conjunction with the following community partners:
Central State University
Central State University Music Program
The American Veterans Heritage Center