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The Product of Our Souls – Ragtime, Race, and the Birth of the Manhattan Musical Marketplace - North Carolina Scholarship Online
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The Product of Our Souls: Ragtime, Race, and the Birth of the Manhattan Musical Marketplace

David Gilbert


In 1912 James Reese Europe made history by conducting his 125-member Clef Club Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. The first concert by an African American ensemble at the esteemed venue was more than just a concert—it was a political act of desegregation, a defiant challenge to the status quo in American music. This book explores how Europe and other African American performers, at the height of Jim Crow, transformed their racial difference into the mass-market commodity known as “black music.” The book shows how Europe and others used the rhythmic sounds of ragtime, blues, and jazz to construct new ... More

Keywords: James Reese Europe, Clef Club Orchestra, Carnegie Hall, desegregation, African American performers, Jim Crow, black music

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781469622699
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469622699.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Gilbert, author