Historic Note: “World War I" saw black Americans going to Europe for the first time in large numbers. The segregated black military outfits had their own bands and introduced Europeans to jazz. James Reese Europe took an outstanding group of musicians through France as the head of the 369th Infantry Band, the army’s most famous musical ensemble. This coincided with another major influence, the growth of the recording industry.” - Walter Dean Myers
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