Dance Clarinets Concert Honored the Music of James Reese Europe

What a way to cap off our 120th Anniversary events! The phenomenal Dance Clarinets, Greenwich House Music School’s clarinet orchestra gave a magical performance led by woodwind faculty JD Parran on Thursday, December 8. They honored the music of legendary proto jazz and ragtime music band leader James Reese Europe who was an influential leader in the New York City music scene in the early 1900s.

We thank jazz musician Jimmy Owens, folklorist Elena Martinez, drummer Bobby Sanabria and ethnomusicologist Dr. Paul Austerlitz for an engaging and educational panel discussion on the social, artistic, political, and cultural landscape during the turn of the last century.


Dance Clarinets Ensemble:

JD Parran, Musical Director

Clarinet Bass Clarinet
Peter Hess Paul Austerlitz
Lee Odom Ivan Barenboim
Michael Moss
Fred Rosenberg Bass Saxophone
Isaiah Richardson Jr. Andrew Hadro
Randolph Murphy
Charles Waters Percussion
James Elmore Andrew Drury
David Stokes
Alto Clarinet
Gerald Thomas


View the Dance Clarinets Program 12.8.22

View Jazz Record Review Jan. 2023