Black Europe: Jeff, Howard and Rainer Nominated for a Grammy Award


Black Music history experts Jeff Green, Howard Rye and Rainer Lotz are nominees in the Best Historical Album section at the 57th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on 8 February, for their  40+ CDs and two substantial and well-illustrated books Black Europe. The Sounds and Images of Black People in Europe pre 1927 issued by Bear Family Records of Germany.

Full details of the CDs and books can be found at A short promotional video can be seen at

The Grammy Best Historical Album is section No. 67, and can be seen at

Jeff is well known for his books like Black Edwardians, and biography of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. After years of research, writing and talks Howard has been working closely with Nubian Jak Community Trust on the Southern Syncopation Orchestra and Sidney Bechet plaques. As a contributor to Black Music Research Journal his most recent articles have been on the Orchestra (2009 and 2010, accessible through Rainer’s Black People. Entertainers of African Descent in Europe, and Germany.  (1997) is an indispensable resource book.


About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly, and am a member of the latter's Environment Forum. I am a member of the 5 Norbury Residents Associations Joint Planning Committee, and a Governor of Norbury Manor Primary School. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and advise the North East People's History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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