Making Jazz, Arthur Briggs and Josephine Baker, French:

On April 10, 2022 we hosted an international conversation about the history of African-American artists living in France, the cross-cultural stories of their fight for recognition, race relations, and the embrace of solidarity through music. View the forum anytime at

Travis Atria (author of Better Days Will Come Again, the life of Arthur Briggs), and Michèle Barbier (author of newly-published Josephine Baker, les dernières années. La renaissance d’une étoile) are joined by Dr. Rashida Braggs (Jazz Diasporas—Race, Music, and Migration in Post-World War II Paris and Rachel Anne Gillett (At Home in Our Sounds: Race, Music, and Cultural Politics in Interwar Paris).

This online forum is moderated by Mark Kelly, recently-retired commissioner of Chicago Cultural Affairs. We share the stories, raise questions and comments, and celebrate the wonderful panoply of Black voices in cabaret past and present.

Brought to you by Chicago Paris Cabaret Connexion, and inspired by Black Voices in Cabaret.

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