Sunday, October 31, 2010

Celebrate The Legacy Of A True American Music Genius...Get Your Copy Of James Reese Europe: Jazz Lieutenant Today!

Who Was Lt. James Reese Europe?

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W.E. A.L.L. B.E. TV: Why We Should Remember James Reese Europe A.K.A. The Jazz Lieutenant...
James Reese Europe was an early jazz pioneer and war hero whose talents and patriotism knew no boundaries. Against all odds Mr.Europe advanced his cause as well as the cause of millions of Black Americans to the highest reaches of society. He formed the first significant all Black musician union and booking agency in the United States (The Clef Club)at a time when Blacks were not allowed to join all White musician unions, his orchestra was the first Black music group to ever record a record as well as to play the prestigious Carnegie Hall concert venue in New York City. As Lt. Europe, James Reese Europe made military and music history as well by being the first Black to lead troops into battle during World War One and to spread the 'jazz germ' throughout continental Europe while bandleader of the greatest military jazz band of the most decorated regiment of the entire war, The New York 15TH National Guard Unit a.k.a. The Harlem Hellfighters. Ironically, Mr. Europe endured the hardships of racism and war to achieve all of these wonderful and amazing things only to die a senseless tragic death at the hands of one of his musicians at the young age of 39. Please join the artist known as R2C2H2 for a highly informative and visually expressive pictorial narrative of a man whose untimely murder on the verge of The Jazz Age he helped to create left him and his work almost in anonymity. By reading this book, James Reese Europe: Jazz Lieutenant you will see why we should celebrate and rejoice in the life and legacy of Lt.James Reese Europe who according to the great Eubie Blake was the savior of Negro musicians and who is in a class with Booker T. Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.
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Artastically and Jazzlistically yours,

The People Have Spoken!

May 14, 2008
Hello r2c2h2,
I really loved your book about James Reese Europe. The artwork was a tribute and very beautiful too. Your web site is exciting and your artful messages are profound.
My name is Ellen Europe-Gomez and my children are James Reese Europe IV and Robert Foster Europe.
Thank you for your interest in a true American hero. We are so proud of this brave and innovative man.
Bless you and I wish you continued success in your endeavors.
Ellen Europe-Gomez


This exemplary combination of biography, chronicle and illustrations of one of "our" great forgotten heroes is perhaps one of the most innovative publications in recent years.The art adds another dimension as it personalizes [R2C2H2’s] intimate connection with "the jazz lieutenant" offering more than just a book, more than just a pictorial biography, but a magnus opus!!!~Dr. Emmett Price of Northeastern University, Renowned Ethnomusicologist
This book is illustrated magnificently by R2C2H2 in the folk art genre.This is a book of historical significance in both jazz, race relations
and heroism.~Jazz Critic John Gilbert
Through this book, R2C2H2 introduced me to James Reese Europe, a visionary and pioneer. Any primary school aged child could benefit from reading this book. It shows how a person can overcome obstacles to achieve his goals. Any lover of jazz would find this book enlightening and may prompt them to search for some new (old) music for their collection. Any admirer of R2C2H2’s work would be please to have a gallery of his drawings at their fingertips.~Tisha St. Clair, Sister Nineties Book Reviewer
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Support your favorite Artstorian in his first artastic literary effort to inform the people on the achievements and sacrifices of a forgotten jazz pioneer, civil rights leader and overall American Hero, Lt. James Reese Europe…Listed on the acclaimed Smithsonian Institute's Recommended Jazz Books for Young Kids and Adults List!!!

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