T.K.Blue Sextet in tribute to James Reese Europe

As part of our ongoing Creative Veterans project in collaboration with Black Veterans for Social Justice, we are presentingT.K. Blue Sextet in tribute to James Reese Europe. The performance will feature compositions by NEA Jazz Master Dr. Randy Weston with arrangements by T.K.Blue.


James Reese Europe was a prominent American jazz bandleader, composer, and arranger during the 1910s. American pianist James Hubert “Eubie” Blake memorialized Europe stating, “He was our benefactor and inspiration. Even more, he was the Martin Luther King of music.”
Europe is known for his innovative compositions and orchestrations, as well as his leadership abilities.
Photo of James Reese Europe, circa 1919
During World War I, Europe enlisted in the army and was commissioned as a lieutenant for the 15th Regiment under Colonel Hayward. He was ordered to put together the best band he could muster, traveling as far as Puerto Rico to find the exact musicians he needed for his vision. Europe’s band became known as the Hell Fighters, dazzling continental Europe with its “brilliant and original music”. Learn more about James Reese Europe’s life and career by visiting the Library of Congress.
Thu, Apr 27
6:00 pm

Black Veterans For Social Change, 665 Willoughby Ave. Brooklyn, NY

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