Harlem Hellfighters: The soldiers who started Jazz

Phil Briggs
February 28, 2019 - 3:25 pm

US Army

The 369th Infantry Regiment, known as the Harlem Hellfighters was a band of brothers in combat. 

But after proving to be fierce on the battlefield, the band members under the guidance of their leader James Reese Europe conquered France with their music. 

US Army

Jason Moran, The Kennedy Center's Artistic Director for Jazz, tells us the story of how these incredible musicians became the pioneers of Jazz.

  • But would a racially divided America embrace black musicians when they returned in 1919? 
  • And how long would their fame last?

Hear the incredible story of The Harlem Hellfighters, on this episode of VetStory.