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"Jazz meets France" honors the WW1 Harlem Hell Fighters

"Jazz meets France" honors the WW1 Harlem Hell Fighters

Published on November 14, 2017
Don’t miss an unforgettable evening of history and swinging jazz, as leading American and French jazz artists celebrate the African-American soldiers who introduced American jazz to France in 1917.

As a part of the centenary commemorations of the U.S. entry into World War 1, the French-American Cultural Foundation is organizing a special evening of history and jazz in honor of the courage and bravery of the African-American soldiers and musicians, known as the Harlem Hell Fighters, who introduced jazz to France in 1917. "Jazz meets France" celebrate French-American ties and America’s gift to France, the amazing music of jazz!

The concert will feature both French and American jazz musicians, including the famed French gypsy jazz guitarist, Christian Escoudé, Michael Weiss Trio Plus One, the U.S. Air Force’s "Airmen of Note," and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra Ensemble.

A special exhibit of WW1 memorabilia linked to the Harlem Hell Fighters will also be on display. The program will be filled with popular American and French jazz standards and melodies that remain in the playbook of many jazz artists.


Wednesday, November 15, 2017 7:00 PM
Lisner Auditorium – George Washington University
730 21st St NW, Washington, DC 20052 – Tel. (202) 994-6800

Tickets are available here, or at the Lisner box office. Enter "JAZZLOVERS" as the Promotion Code to buy tickets now. Special discounts ar available for groups, students, military and veterans.


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