Jason Moran: James Reese Europe and the Absence of Ruin
Jason Moran
The Harlem Hellfighters

Jason Moran

James Reese Europe and the Absence of Ruin

JAN 18-22 | JASON MORAN

Jan 21, 2023
Miner Auditorium
SatJan 21
7:30 PM

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Jason Moran’s newest multimedia project is based around his longstanding Bandwagon trio with bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Waits, augmented by a 10-piece orchestra, and explores a previously untold chapter in jazz history.

Jazz arrived in Europe not with the roaring ‘20s, but amidst the thunder of artillery in 1918, when American Expeditionary Forces helped bring an end to the Great War. For several years Jason Moran has been delving into the story of seminal African-American composer and bandleader James Reese Europe, who landed in France with the Harlem Hellfighters on New Year’s Day 1918. The celebrated all-black unit helped break the stalemate on the Western front, while Reese Europe’s finely honed military music ensemble introduced the new spirit of jazz to a war-weary French nation fascinated with black culture.

Commissioned by 14-18 NOW: WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, and the Berliner Festspiele/Jazzfest Berlin, Moran’s meditation on Reese Europe’s life and legacy reveals a pivotal moment in American culture as its international influence gathered force. The work joins an impressive gallery of projects Moran has brought to SFJAZZ, including the world premiere of Jazz + Skateboarding, Fats Waller Dance Party, and Monk at Town Hall.

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Moran’s meditation on Reese Europe’s life and legacy reveals a pivotal moment in American culture as its international influence gathered force.

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The project's effectiveness may come down to intimacy, its sense of one broad-minded artist inhabiting the imagination of another and merging it with his own

NPR

The project's effectiveness may come down to intimacy, its sense of one broad-minded artist inhabiting the imagination of another and merging it with his own

NPR

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