James Reese Europe  (1881-1919)
Last updated: 08.11.18
p_europejr.jpgAccording 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  
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Books:
  J.R. Europe    
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
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Brass Music CDs:
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Jazz Music CDs:
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Ragtime Music CDs:
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cd15.gif James Reese Europe 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 James Reese Europe Too Much Mustard CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists 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 A Century of Ragtime 1897-1997 flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists 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 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 Piano Music In America 1900-1945 flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists The Roots of Rag-Time CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif
cd15.gif Various Artists 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
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cd15.gif James Price Johnson James P. Johnson 1944 flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif Paragon Ragtime Orchestra 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 Black Manhattan Vol. 2 CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
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cd15.gif  New England Ragtime Ensemble The Art of the Rag flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
cd15.gif American Ragtime Ensemble Ragtime Chamber Music flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif
cd15.gif Six Brown Brothers Rusty Rags CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
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cd15.gif Budapest Ragtime Band Funny Christmas flag15us.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif
cd15.gif Paul Hersh The Great Ragtime Classics flag15us.gif
cd15.gif Johnny Maddox Red Hot Ragtime Volume 2 CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif
cd15.gif "Perfessor" Bill Edwards The Rag's the Thing
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: Electronic Resource Items
Title Year Co-Author Words By Remarks
         
Arizona 1903
Blue-Eyed Sue 1904
My Heart Goes Thumping and Bumping for You 1904
Nubiana 1904  wvicon.gif
Zola 1904 John Larkins
The Coon Band Parade 1905  wvicon.gif
Obadiah 1905
Meno D'amour 1906
On the Gay Luneta 1906 Bob Cole
Likin' Ain't Like Lovin' 1907
A Royal Coon 1907 Jolly John Larkins  wvicon.gif
When I Rule the Town 1907
Ada, My Sweet Potater! 1908 Bob Cole
I Ain't Had No Lovin' in a Long Time 1908
Sambo 1908 Bob Cole
Picanninny Days 1909
Title Year Co-Author Words By Remarks
         
Breezy Rag 1910 Unpublished
Pliney Come Out in the Moonlight 1910
Sweet Suzanne 1910 Henry Troy  wvicon.gif
That Minor Strain 1910 F.T. Dabney
The Clef Club March 1911
Droop Dem Eyes 1911 Henry Creamer
I've Got the Finest Man 1912 Henry Creamer  wvicon.gif
Someone is Waiting Down in Tennessee 1913 Cecil Mack
The Castle Combination 1914 F.T. Dabney
Castle House Rag 1914  wvicon.gif
Castle Innovation Tango 1914 F.T. Dabney
Castle Lame Duck Waltz 1914
Castle Maxixe 1914 F.T. Dabney  wvicon.gif
The Castle Perfect Trot 1914 F.T. Dabney  wvicon.gif
The Castle Walk 1914 F.T. Dabney  wvicon.gif
Castles in Europe 1914  wvicon.gif
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Castles' Half and Half 1914 Ford T. Dabney  wvicon.gif
Congratulations 1914  wvicon.gif
Enticement 1914 F.T. Dabney
What it Takes to Make Me Love You - You've Got It 1914 James Weldon Johnson
The Castle Doggy 1915 Ford T. Dabney  wvicon.gif
Father's Gone to the War 1915 Henry Creamer
Hey! There 1915  wvicon.gif
Monkey-Doodle 1915
Queen Louise 1915  wvicon.gif
Syncopated Minuet 1915 Henry Creamer
Hilo 1916
I've Got the Lovin'es' Love for You 1918 Noble Sissle, E. Blake
Mirandy 1918 Noble Sissle, E. Blake
On Patrol in No Man's Land 1918 Noble Sissle, E. Blake  wvicon.gif
All of No Man's Land is Ours 1919 Noble Sissle, E. Blake
Goodnight Angeline 1919 Noble Sissle, E. Blake  wvicon.gif
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youtube15.jpg The Castle Walk 3:41 J.R. Europe  Ragtime Dorian Henry
youtube15.jpg That Moaning Trombone (1919) J.R. Europe & the 369th U.S. Infantry ''Hell Fighters'' Band 3:14 C.D. Bethel  James Reese Europe