The Black Manhattan Trilogy –
Three Volume Set:


PRO - Black Manhattan Vol. 1 CD cover

Volume 1


Volume 2.

Volume 3.












A critically acclaimed, monumental achievementthree and a half hours of lost African-American music: sixty pieces by thirty-two outstanding black composers, spanning the 1870s to the early 1920s, all performed from the original, historic scores. Produced by multi-Grammy Award winner Judith Sherman at New York’s legendary American Academy, PRO’s BLACK MANHATTAN trilogy is an extraordinary musical journey!

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Performed by the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, Rick Benjamin, conductor. 
Featuring the Paragon Singers; Edward Pleasant, baritone; Awet Andemichael, soprano; Anita Johnson, soprano; Robert Mack, tenor; Linda Thompson Williams, Blues singer; Janai Brugger, soprano; Chauncey Packer, tenor; Andrea Jones Soprano; and Paul Draper, banjo.

Volume 1 : 


 Volume 2 :

Volume 3 :

  • “Pork and Beans Rag” (1913), Luckey Roberts.
  • “I’m Just Wild About Harry” (one-step from Shuffle Along, 1921), Eubie Blake.
  • “The Dancing Deacon: Clef Club Fox-Trot” (1915), Frederick M. Bryan.
  • “Jewel of the Big Blue Nile” (song from the Lafayette Theatre production Baby Blues, 1919), Luckey Roberts / Alex C. Rogers.
  • “We’ll Raise the Roof To-Night” (cakewalk, 1904), Sidney L. Perrin.
  • “Chant” from Bandana Sketches (1921), Clarence Cameron White.
  • “Dear Old Southland” (foxtrot from , 1921), J. Turner Layton.
  • “Wall Street ‘Rag'” (descriptive, 1909), Scott Joplin.
  • “Oh Dem Golden Slippers” (minstrel song, 1879), James A. Bland.
    – Featuring the Paragon Minstrel Band –
  • “In the Baggage Coach Ahead” (ballad, 1896), Gussie L. Davis.
  • “Love Will Find A Way” (song from Shuffle Along, 1921), Sissle & Blake.
  • Overture to My Friend From Kentucky (from the 1913 Lafayette Theatre production), J. Leubrie Hill.
  • “Royal Garden Blues” (1919), Spencer Williams & Clarence Williams.
  • “The Tremelo Trot” (one-step, 1914), Luckey Roberts.
  • “Just One Word of Consolation” (ballad, 1905), Tom Lemonier.
  • “After You’ve Gone” (one-step, 1918), J. Turner Layton.
  • “Delicioso: Tango Aristocratico” (1914), Will H. Dixon.
  • “The Zoo-Step” (from the Smart Set Co., 1916), Clarence G. Wilson.
  • “The Slow Drag Blues” (1919), Q. Roscoe Snowden arr. William Grant Still.
  • “Ianthia March” (1902), Al. Johns.
  • “I’m Going Home” (Spiritual setting, 1921), Clarence Cameron White.
  • “Lift Every Voice and Sing!: National Negro Hymn” (original 1900 score),
    James Weldon Johnson & J. Rosamond Johnson.


“…a truly spectacular package that performs a great service to
the advancement of the study of American Music.”

Black Grooves

“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…”


“Black Manhattan…offers the most representative sampling of composers and songwriters active in the New York African American entertainment scene during the first quarter of the twentieth century. Moreover, the recording remains particularly useful to jazz educators because it presents in clear audio fidelity the artists and music that helped establish the foundation for big bands in the 1920s and 1930s.”


“If PRO is not already labeled a national treasure, it should be. This disc is treasurable. The soloists are equally accomplished. Benjamin’s notes are more than informative;
they’re invaluable….
Black Manhattan… is a must.”


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