The Kennedy Center


NEA Jazz Master Randy Weston's African Rhythms: A Tribute to James Reese Europe

Saturday, February 10, 2018


NEA Jazz Master Randy Weston and his African Rhythms Octet salutes James Reese Europe, the musician often credited for helping introduce jazz music to Western Europe.

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Nearly 100 years since the end of World War I (Nov. 11, 1918), pianist, composer, and NEA Jazz Master Randy Weston with his African Rhythms Octet headlines a celebration of the life and legacy of early American ragtime musician and composer James Reese Europe (1880–1919). As bandleader of the 369th Regiment Band, an all-African American unit known as the “Harlem Hellfighters,” Europe has been credited for helping introduce jazz music to Western Europe. Weston, known for his repertoire fusing African elements with jazz techniques, salutes the musician who created an international demand for jazz and broke ground for African American artists to come.

Performance Timing: 75 minutes, with no intermission.

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