Please join us as a brilliant young saxophonist reimagines the music of a true American icon. The young musician in question is Immanuel Wilkins, who has already begun an ascent into the top tiers of jazz; the icon is James Reese Europe, one of the most important and least known figures in all of American music.
Decades before Benny Goodman and Duke Ellington played their historic concerts at Carnegie Hall, Europe brought his Clef Club Orchestra there and set a new context for African-American music.
We’d bet that both Europe and Ellington would be very curious about what Immanuel Wilkins comes up with as he brings the world of James Reese Europe into the 21st century.
2019 marks the 100 year anniversary of the return of Europe and his Harlem Hellfighters band from WWII and of the untimely death of this American musical icon.
We will listen to original James Reese Europe 78rpm recordings on our wind up phonograph followed by Wilkins’ trio featuring Joel Ross on vibes and Nazir Ebo on drums reimaging these 100+ year old compositions.