Jazz World War I

Lt. James Reese Europe, band director, far left, poses the jazz band of the 369th Infantry Regiment on the way home from war. Many music historians credit the music of the 369th for laying the foundation for the popularity of jazz music in France after the end of World War I.

Lt. James Reese Europe, band director, far left, poses the jazz band of the 369th Infantry Regiment on the way home from war. Many music historians credit the music of the 369th for laying the foundation for the popularity of jazz music in France after the end of World War I.