Harlem Hellfighters: The black soldiers who brought jazz to Europe

World War One brought many social changes – not least, the introduction of jazz to Europe. Thanks to a black American regiment of musicians called the Harlem Hellfighters, the French discovered the joys of syncopation.

More than a century on, US musician Jason Moran is raising fresh awareness of the Hellfighters and their leader, James Reese Europe.

Video by Jane O’Brien and Bill McKenna

First Published 03.01.19: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-us-canada-46596066/harlem-hellfighters-the-black-soldiers-who-brought-jazz-to-europe

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