CD Release Concert
The Americus Brass Band Pays Tribute to
James Reese Europe’s Harlem Hell Fighters’ Band
Date - June 30, 2019
Location - Daniel Recital Hall, Bob Cole Conservatory of Music – CSULB
Time - 3:00 PM
Admission - FREE
KJAZZ Radio and the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music present the Americus Brass band in concert, playing the Ragtime and Jazz music of James Reese Europe’s Harlem Hell Fighters’ Band from World War I, the band that “filled all France with Jazz!”
The first two decades of the 20th Century were a time of revolutionary change in American popular music. From the marches of John Philip Sousa, to the ragtime of Scott Joplin, the blues of W. C. Handy and the big band jazz of Duke Ellington, our music increasingly reflected the culture of African Americans. And right in the middle of this era, James Reese Europe’s Harlem Hell Fighters’ Band, the WWI brass band that “filled all France with jazz,” made a series of classic recordings for Pathé Freres Records in NYC that reflect all of these changes. Now these recordings are brought back to life for modern audiences in a new CD by America’s favorite brass band - The Americus Brass Band Pays Tribute to James Reese Europe’s Harlem Hell Fighters’ Band.
One hundred years ago in May 1919, James Reese Europe was joined by many of the most famous black musicians of his day including W. C. Handy, William Grant Still, Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle to record the songs, marches, ragtime, blues and jazz that were “all the rage.” And in this single historic recording, these styles came together in a music that transcends all of them! This modern recreation of those historic Pathé recording pays tribute, as only the Americus Brass Band can, to the music of the legendary James Reese Europe and his Harlem Hell Fighters’ Band!
“…what a treat to hear your toe-tapping, spirit-raising recording…all tracks were performed with great style and energy. Congratulations on the work… and the dust you have blown away to bring this wonderful musical heritage to today's ears.” — Allan McMurray, Director of Bands, Distinguished Professor, Professor Emeritus of Conducting, College of Music, University of Colorado-Boulder.