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A Life in Ragtime: A Biography of James Reese Europe

Reid Badger


In 1919, the world stood at the threshold of the Jazz Age. The man who had ushered it there, however, lay murdered—and would soon plunge from international fame to historical obscurity. It was a fate few would have predicted for James Reese Europe; he was then at the pinnacle of his career as a composer, conductor, and organizer in the black community, with the promise of even greater heights to come. This book captures this fascinating life, tracing a critical chapter in the emergence of jazz through one man's remarkable odyssey. After an early start in Washington, Europe found his fame in Ne ... More

Keywords: James Reese Europe, biography, jazz, black community, World War I, Hellfighters

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195337969
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195337969.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Reid Badger, author