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James Reese Europe

James Reese Europe (February 22, 1881 – May 9, 1919) was an American ragtime and early jazz bandleader, arranger, and composer. He was the leading figure on the African Americans music scene of New York City in the 1910s. Eubie Blake called him the "Martin Luther King of music".

Birth and Death Data: Born February 22, 1880 (Mobile), Died May 9, 1919 (Boston)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1908 - 1949

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, conductor, songwriter

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Recordings (Results 26-32 of 32 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia 37006 12-in. 7/10/1914 Congratulations Prince's Band Band composer  
Columbia 49760 12-in. 3/2/1920 Alexandria [from Aphrodite] Yerkes Jazarimba Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
OKeh S-7026 10-in. ca. Sept. 1919 Goodnight, Angeline Peerless Quartet Male vocal quartet, with orchestra songwriter  
OKeh 9386 10-in. Sept. 1925 Ballin' the jack L. W. McCreigton ; Dr. Claude Watson Banjo duet composer  
Brunswick E29689 10-in. 4/23/1929 Ballin’ the jack Louisiana Rhythm Kings Jazz/dance band composer  
Edison 3240 10-in. 8/22/1914 Castle's half and half National Promenade Band Band composer  
Edison 3282 10-in. 9/12/1914 Ballin' the jack National Promenade Band Band composer  
(Results 26-32 of 32 records)


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Europe, James Reese," accessed June 19, 2024,

Europe, James Reese. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 19, 2024, from

"Europe, James Reese." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 19 June 2024.

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