The Hellfighters in Washington DC

The US premiere of Jason Moran – James Reese Europe and The Harlem Hellfighters: The Absence of Ruin – takes place at co-commissioners the Kennedy Center on Saturday December 8, with a stateside band again built around Jason’s Bandwagon Trio – bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Waits joined by Darryl Harper (clarinet); Immanuel Wilkins (alto saxophone); Brian Settles (tenor saxophone); David Adewumi (trumpet); Chris Bates (trombone); Reginald Cyntje (tuba and bass trombone); and Jose Davila (tuba).

As well as the concert itself, Jason – the Kennedy Center Artistic Director for Jazz – and historian Gene Alexander Peters will discuss the impact and legacy of James Reese Europe, earlier the same evening.

You can also see footage of an earlier Kennedy Center event from the 369th Experience, a large ensemble of musicians from a network of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, paying tribute to the contributions of African Americans and Puerto Ricans in World War I through the eyes of the 369th U.S. Infantry Regiment – the music James Reese Europe’s Harlem Hellfighters.

A further event at George town University on Thursday December 6 sees  Jason, in his second year as Distinguished Artist in Residence at Georgetown University, in discussion with Oscar®-nominated cinematographer Bradford Young (Selma, Arrival) explore the life, music, and legacy ofJames Reese Europe (1880-1919), and talk about their collaboration on The Absence of Ruin.

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