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Jason Moran pays tribute to James Reese Europe of The Harlem Hellfighters

Photo: Clay Patrick McBride

Composer, pianist and visual artist Jason Moran celebrates the legacy of James Reese Europe, the iconic figure that introduced a war-torn France to the sound of Jazz in the closing years of WWI.


On New Year’s Day 1918, James Reese Europe arrived in France with the 369th Infantry Regiment – the ‘Harlem Hellfighters’ military band carried jazz across Europe. Jason Moran pays tribute to this hero of African-American music, leading his trio, The Bandwagon with young musicians chosen by Gary Crosby of Tomorrow's Warriors, and visuals from filmmakers John Akomfrah and Bradford Young.


Moran is one of contemporary jazz’s greatest innovators, communing with the voices of the genre’s past while forging a sound for its future. He has previously devised projects offering insight into key figures in jazz history, Fats Waller and Thelonious Monk. The Harlem Hellfighters takes us back even further, in a multi-dimensional reflection on the man that spread Jazz’s influence worldwide, consolidating its position as a vital American artform.


Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at 8pm

Barbican Hall
Silk Street, London