Jason Moran: James Reese Europe and the Harlem Hellfighters

501 Texas Ave Houston, TX 77002

Presented by DACAMERA

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

On New Year’s Day 1918, James Reese Europe, an iconic figure in the evolution of African-American music, landed in France with the Harlem Hellfighters. This crack military music ensemble popularized the new spirit of jazz to a war-torn French nation fascinated with black culture. A century later, Houston native composer, pianist and visual artist Jason Moran celebrates this hero of black music. Experience Moran’s highly personal reflection on the impact of the African-American presence in Europe in the closing years of World War I, and its resonance abroad and in the US. The performance features Moran’s celebrated Bandwagon trio complemented by a seven-piece horn section, contributions from artist/director/screenwriter John Akomfrah, and visual materials from acclaimed cinematographer Bradford Young.

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