Jason Moran and the Harlem Hellfighters: James Reese Europe and the Absence of Ruin
Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center
220 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60604
Nov 22, 2024

“The most provocative thinker in current jazz” (Rolling Stone)

Jason Moran, “a startlingly gifted pianist with a relentless thirst for experimentation” (Los Angeles Times), shares his multimedia tribute to James Reese Europe. A bandleader, composer, organizer for Black musicians and World War I hero, Europe helped lay the groundwork for jazz in the early 20th century. Moran uses his distinct interpretational and compositional voice to connect Europe’s signature syncopated sound to the jazz legends who followed and the music of today.