A Jazz History of World War I
Tuesday, February 5, 6:00:PM – 7:30PM
Join us at 6:00PM on Tuesday, February 5, at the Hjemkomst Center when Bill Law delivers a history exploring the intersections of World War I and American jazz music. The global war and the flu that followed formed one of the darkest times in our history, but the exportation of American jazz music by several African-American regiments stationed in France was one of the major cultural developments of the 20th century. In fact, several prominent historians have even called it one of America’s greatest gifts to the world. Learn more with us about the lasting influence of those French performances and the experiences that those early jazz musicians faced both abroad and returning to the United States. “A Jazz History of World War I” is offered in conjunction with our current exhibition,War, Flu, & Fear: World War I and Clay County.
Our presenter Bill Law has been a major influence on Fargo-Moorhead’s music scene since his garage band days in the 1960s and 1970s. Today he serves the community as the NDSU Performing Arts Development Director, but others may know him from his career as a local musician and music instructor or from listening to his popular Prairie Public radio show, The Law of Jazz.
Reserve your seats here. Regular museum admission (HCSCC Members: free).