Branford Marsalis Quartet / Reginald R. Robinson celebrates the great James Reese Europe

Nov 2

8:00 PM

Friday, November 2, 2018

One of the most highly esteemed saxophonists performing today, NEA Jazz Master Branford Marsalis and his quartet play with a seemingly telepathic connection to one another. 

In an SCP commission commemorating the centennial of the World War I Armistice, Chicago pianist and composer Reginald R. Robinson will present a tribute to James Reese Europe, whose 369th Regiment “Hellfighters” first brought black American music to France during the war.

Approximate concert duration: 130 minutes including intermission

To be announced from stage.


Branford Marsalis Quartet
Branford Marsalis saxophones
Joey Calderazzo piano
Eric Revis bass
Justin Faulkner drums

Reginald R. Robinson celebrates the great James Reese Europe
Reginald R. Robinson piano

Chicago-based pianist-composer Reginald R. Robinson, a leading contemporary champion of ragtime, pays homage to one of the genre’s earliest originators with A Tribute to the Great James Reese Europe. This work, commissioned by SCP Jazz to commemorate the series' 25th anniversary, will receive its world premiere Nov. 2, when Robinson opens a double bill with the Branford Marsalis Quartet. A bandleader, composer and jazz/ragtime pioneer, James Reese Europe (1881-1919) shaped not only "the music of his own time, but also the sounds of future generation." His accomplishments, which included the first-ever concert in 1912 at Carnegie Hall of works composed by black Americans, have dimmed over the last century, in part because of his tragic early death. "People need to know about this music," said Robinson, a former recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship, and regarded worldwide as one of the premier interpreters of ragtime. Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories


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Funding for educational programs during the 2018/19 SCP Jazz season has been generously provided by Dan J. Epstein, Judy Guitelman and the Dan J. Epstein Family Foundation

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.