This post is one of a series honoring Black History Month.
Today is the birthday of a pioneering African American musician James Reese Europe (for my full bio go here). And here he is with his band in 1913 (that trombonist is getting a work-out!):
To find out more about the history of vaudeville, consult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold.