AF DuPage continues a new concept – the mini-Zoom session – a 20 minute focused presentation on a French-themed subject.
Most sessions will take place on Thursday afternoons promptly at 12:30 pm, a perfect midday break to add some French culture into your schedule.
The topics and presenters will vary. Most will be conducted in English, but we may add some French language mini-Zooms into the mix. Zoom links are reserved for AF DuPage members and will be sent out the day before the session. Visit our Membership page to join or renew your membership.
Thursday, October 21, 12:30 pm - 12:50 pm Central Time, via Zoom
Presented by Col. Paul Herbert
Jazz emerged in the United States from ragtime and blues to become popular especially in New Orleans, Memphis, St. Louis, Chicago and New York by 1917, the year the US entered World War I. Among the two-million US soldiers sent to France were Black musicians in the regimental bands of the segregated US Army's eight all-black infantry regiments. One of these was the Illinois National Guard's 8th Illinois Infantry headquartered in Chicago. This presentation will show how these soldiers, performing in a unique style all over France whenever possible, electrified French society, ignited the French jazz scene and gave the world what some have described as America's greatest cultural contribution.
The photo is of Lieutenant James Reese Europe directing the band of the 369th Infantry Regiment somewhere in France in 1918.
from the Library of Congress
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