James Reese Europe was an important musician, composer, and conductor from the early 1900s. During his short life, his music left an important impact on music, particularly in the promotion of black musicians and arts.
James Reese Europe lived a fascinating life. This short video may be best suited for older children, elementary age and up and adults, as a big part of his impact is his work as a bandleader in Europe during World War I and this video includes some images and discussion of war. To skip some (though not all) images/discussion of war and discussion of his death, watch the video just from :36-6:15.
Listen to this Spotify playlist featuring the music of James Reese Europe.