James Reese Europe  (1881-1919)
Last updated: 22.06.17
According to the Internet source given below, James Reese Europe was an American bandleader, arranger, composer who had a huge impact on the development of jazz from its ragtime roots. The son of a former slave he was born in Mobile, Alabama both his parents being musicians. His family moved to Washington, D.C. in the early 1890's living quite close to John Philip Sousa. Here he studied violin with Enrico Hurlei, the assistant director of the Marine Corps Band. Europe settled in New York City in 1904, where he directing musical comedies with Joe Jordan and others. In 1910, he played a dominant part it setting up the legendary Clef Club, a union of African-American musicians, becoming its musical director and president. Together with Ford T. Dabney he became involved with Vernon and Irene Castle, the most prominent dancers of the day, eventually becoming their bandleader.
During the Great War, Europe joined the 15th New York Infantry as a private but quickly rose to the officer ranks and was given the task of organising a military band. The resulting 369th Infantry Regiment band, the "Hell Fighters", was legendary and is credited with having introduced jazz to France. His bandsmanship was not his only mark in history; he also has the distinction of being the first Afro-American officer to lead his troops into action. After his successes in the European theatre, he and his band returned triumphantly to New York to tour American cities. His career was tragically cut short on being murdered by his drummer in Boston during a concert. He was buried with military honours at Arlington National Cemetery. Eubie Blake was later quoted as saying "He was our benefactor and inspiration. Even more, he was the Martin Luther King of music."


Websites :
url15.gif James Reese Europe Biography and list of works by "Perfessor" Bill Edwards  
Books :
Books:
book15.gif A Life in Ragtime: A Biography of James Reese Europe R. Reid Badger flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15es.gif
book15.gif A Life in Ragtime: A Biography of James Resse Europe Reid Badger flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif

Further sheet music at DBE: ON HOLD
     Performer CD Title Supplier
       
Ragtime Music CDs:
cd15.gif American Ragtime Ensemble on "Ragtime Chamber Music" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif
cd15.gif Six Brown Brothers on "Rusty Rags" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Eubie Blake on "Memories of You" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Peter Bocage on "Peter Bocage with the Creole Serenaders and the Love-Jiles Ragtime Orchestra" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Budapest Ragtime Band on "Funny Christmas" flag15us.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif
cd15.gif "Perfessor" Bill Edwards on "The Rag's the Thing"
cd15.gif James Reese Europe on "Featuring Noble Sissle" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif James Reese Europe on "James Reese Europe's 369th US Infantry Hell FightersBand" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Paul Hersh on "The Great Ragtime Classics" flag15us.gif
cd15.gif James P. Johnson on "James P. Johnson 1944" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Sue Keller on "Ol' Muddy" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15de.gif
cd15.gif Johnny Maddox on "Red Hot Ragtime Volume 2" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists on "Cakewalks, Rags & Blues - Military Style" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists on "A Century of Ragtime 1897-1997" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists on "From Cake-Walk To Ragtime 1898-1916" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists on "I'll Dance till de Sun Breaks through" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists on "Piano Music In America 1900-1945" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists on "The Roots of Rag-Time" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists on "Stomp and Swerve: American Music Gets Hot" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists on "That Devilin' Tune" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Jelly Roll Morton on "The Chronological Jelly Morton (1930-1939)" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Jelly Roll Morton on "The Original Mr. Jelly Lord" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif New England Ragtime Ensemble on "The Art of the Rag" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Paragon Ragtime Orchestra on "Black Manhattan" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Paragon Ragtime Orchestra on "Black Manhattan Vol. 2" CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Turpintyme Ragsters on "Chicken Chowder" flag15us.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15es.gif
Brass Music CDs:
cd15.gif Avatar Brass Quintet on "Magnetic Rags: Ragtime for Brass" flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Canadian Brass on "Red Hot Jazz: The Dixieland..." flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
Item Title Available €     £     $     Other
             
DBE1563 The Castle Doggy (1915) - Fox Trot
A(T)/T/T/B/GB(B), approx. 3 mins.
print-on-demand 9.00 7.50 11.75  
DBE1564 Castle House Rag (1914) - Trot and One Step
T/T/T/B/GB(B), approx. 3¾ mins.
print-on-demand 9.00 7.50 11.75  
DBE1566 The Castle Walk (1914) - Trot & One-Step
T/T/T/B/B/GB(B), approx. 4 mins.
print-on-demand 9.00 7.50 11.75  
DBE1567 Castles in Europe (1914) - The Innovation Trot
T/T/T+B/B/GB(B), approx. 3 mins.
print-on-demand 9.00 7.50 11.75  
DBE1568 Castles' Half and Half (1914)
T/T/T/B+T/B/GB(B), approx. 3 mins.
print-on-demand 9.00 7.50 11.75  
DBE1569 Congratulations (1914) - Castle's Lame Duck Waltz
A/T/T/T/B/B/GB(B), approx. 5 mins.
print-on-demand 9.00 7.50 11.75  
This list is arranged in chronological order and contains 48 works by James Reese Europe (1881-1919). It does not claim to be complete and represents only the number of items located. Key: Items on hold

Arizona (1903)
The Castle Combination (1914)
Co-Author: F.T. Dabney
Blue-Eyed Sue (1904)
Castle House Rag (1914) wvicon.gif
My Heart Goes Thumping and Bumping for You (1904)
Castle Innovation Tango (1914)
Co-Author: F.T. Dabney
Nubiana (1904) wvicon.gif
Castle Lame Duck Waltz (1914)
Zola (1904)
Words by: John Larkins
Castle Maxixe (1914) wvicon.gif
Co-Author: F.T. Dabney
The Coon Band Parade (1905) wvicon.gif
The Castle Perfect Trot (1914) wvicon.gif
Co-Author: F.T. Dabney
Obadiah (1905)
The Castle Walk (1914) wvicon.gif
Co-Author: F.T. Dabney
Meno D'amour (1906)
Castles in Europe (1914) wvicon.gif
On the Gay Luneta (1906)
Words by: Bob Cole
Castles' Half and Half (1914) wvicon.gif
Co-Author: Ford T. Dabney
Likin' Ain't Like Lovin' (1907)
Congratulations (1914) wvicon.gif
A Royal Coon (1907) wvicon.gif
Words by: Jolly John Larkins
Enticement (1914)
Co-Author: F.T. Dabney
When I Rule the Town (1907)
What it Takes to Make Me Love You - You've Got It (1914)
Words by: James Weldon Johnson
Ada, My Sweet Potater! (1908)
Words by: Bob Cole
The Castle Doggy (1915) wvicon.gif
Co-Author: Ford T. Dabney
I Ain't Had No Lovin' in a Long Time (1908)
Father's Gone to the War (1915)
Words by: Henry Creamer
Sambo (1908)
Words by: Bob Cole
Hey! There (1915) wvicon.gif
Picanninny Days (1909)
Monkey-Doodle (1915)
Breezy Rag (1910)
Unpublished
Queen Louise (1915) wvicon.gif
Pliney Come Out in the Moonlight (1910)
Syncopated Minuet (1915)
Co-Author: Henry Creamer
Sweet Suzanne (1910) wvicon.gif
Words by: Henry Troy
Hilo (1916)
That Minor Strain (1910)
Words by: F.T. Dabney
I've Got the Lovin'es' Love for You (1918)
Words by: Noble Sissle, E. Blake
The Clef Club March (1911)
Mirandy (1918)
Words by: Noble Sissle, E. Blake
Droop Dem Eyes (1911)
Words by: Henry Creamer
On Patrol in No Man's Land (1918) wvicon.gif
Words & Music: Europe Co-Authors: Noble Sissle, E. Blake
I've Got the Finest Man (1912) wvicon.gif
Words by: Henry Creamer
All of No Man's Land is Ours (1919)
Words by: Noble Sissle, E. Blake
Someone is Waiting Down in Tennessee (1913)
Words by: Cecil Mack
Goodnight Angeline (1919) wvicon.gif
Words & Music: Europe Co-Authors: Noble Sissle, E. Blake