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 cabaretconnexion.org/roundtable.
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.