A discussion focusing on James Reese Europe, an American ragtime bandleader and composer, and his impact on jazz throughout the European continent during World War I, will be presented at 7 p.m. Feb. 26, at the Gem Theater, 1615 E. 18th St., Kansas City, Mo.
This event, “From Bandana Land to No Man’s Land: James Reese Europe’s Musical Journey,” is presented as part of Park University’s 17th annual Spencer Cave Black History Month Lecture Series. The Lecture Series is named for Spencer Cave, who was born a slave at the start of the Civil War, later moved to Parkville, Mo., in 1875 (the year Park University was founded) and worked for the University for more than 70 years before his death in 1947.
Michael Dinwiddie, associate professor at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, will be the featured speaker. In addition, a Kansas City area jazz band is scheduled to perform some of Europe’s compositions during the program.
The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are requested to ensure admission, visit www.park.edu/black-history.