The ‘Big Bang’ in Jazz History

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Jazz pianist Jason Moran brings us an exploration into the life and work of James Reese Europe and how the infamous 369th Infantry Regiment - also known as the Harlem Hellfighters - crossed racial lines and brought jazz to Europe.

Joe Young of New York Public Radio talks about how using music as a service member informed his own patriotism

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