Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Lieutenant James Reese Europe didn't actually invent Jazz, though he did give it its name and he ignited Jazz Fever in France and all over the World

Bandleader, Civil Rights Leader, Union Organizer, Soldier, Lt. James Reese Europe was the Martin Luther King of his day.  He gave Jazz its name and caused Jazz Fever to spread all over the world.  He died senselessly just as the Jazz Age was starting and was immediately forgotten.  His is a fascinating, inspiring and ultimately heart-breaking story that needs to be remembered.    Listen to his version of "Memphis Blues"  here.

This is a story I did about James Reese Europe for Defense Media Network. Read the full story here.

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