Fri. Mar 22nd, 2019

Harlem Hellfighters: The black soldiers who brought jazz to Europe

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World War One brought many social changes – not least, the introduction of jazz to Europe. Thanks to a black American regiment of musicians called the Harlem Hellfighters, the French discovered the joys of syncopation.

More than a century on, US musician Jason Moran is raising fresh awareness of the Hellfighters and their leader, James Reese Europe.

Video by Jane O’Brien and Bill McKenna

The black soldiers who brought jazz to Europe

A US regiment of musicians called the Harlem Hellfighters helped the French discover the joys of jazz.

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