Black Musicians in Europe

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Blues Lecture Series

Who this event is for

  • Everyone




This webinar will examine the experiences of Black musicians who travelled to Europe, from the first visits of entertainers and jubilee singers in the 19th century, to the experiences of present-day jazz and blues musicians living and performing in continental Europe and the UK. The panel will include Rainer E. Lotz, author of 'Black People: Entertainers of African Descent in Europe and Germany (1997) and Grammy nominated Black Europe: the Sounds and Images of Black People in Europe pre 1927 (2013). It will also involve New York singer/guitarist Eric Bibb, who has been living in Europe since the 1970s, and Washington DC singer/guitarist Michael Roach who has been a UK resident since 1995. Author of 'Blues, How Do You Do? Paul Oliver and the Transatlantic Story of the Blues' (2015), Christian O’Connell, will chair the event.

This is the third in a series of webinars celebrating the Paul Oliver Archive of African American Music held at Oxford Brookes University Special Collections and Archive.