Black Manhattan:
Music of the Legendary “Clef Club”

PRO - Black Manhattan Vol. 1 CD cover



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BLACK MANHATTAN: THEATER AND DANCE MUSIC OF JAMES REESE EUROPE, WILL MARION COOK, AND MEMBERS OF THE LEGENDARY ‘CLEF CLUB’ 
(New World Records 800611-2):

Performed by the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, Rick Benjamin, conductor;
featuring Edward Pleasant, baritone, and Awet Andemichael, soprano.

Introducing:


“Want wings anybody? They’re yours for the asking, thanks to these splendid performances
by Rick Benjamin and his Paragon Ragtime Orchestra…This release is delectable…”

- FANFARE magazine


 

The Clef Club of New York City, Inc. was a fraternal and professional organization founded in 1909 to showcase the quality, dignity, and professionalism of African-American performers. The Clef Club was also the home of several once-famous black composers, ten of whom are now honored on this revelatory new CD. Produced by Grammy winner Judith Sherman, this fine digital recording features the PRO performing 19 stirring rags, fox trots, marches, songs, novelties, and other “hits” (most never before recorded) by Clef Club composers; it also includes a 40-page illustrated historical booklet. In addition to music by Jim Europe and Cook, highlights include works by Will Vodery (mentor of Duke Ellington and Gershwin), songs by the brothers James Weldon Johnson and J. Rosamund Johnson, and the first published rag by a black composer – William Tyer’s 1896 “Sambo.” Through its rare and irresistibly charming music, Black Manhattan weaves an African-American story of talent, persistence, and courage that will thrill and inspire.



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Click here to learn about PRO’s sequel to this album - BLACK MANHATTAN VOL. 2

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