Arthur Briggs (April 9, 1899 in St. George's on the Caribbean island of Grenada – July 15, 1991, Paris)

Arthur Briggs was an African-American bandleader who worked primarily in Europe

"He first came to Europe in 1919 with Will Marion Cook's Southern Syncopated Orchestra. In 1922 he returned to Europe and formed the Savoy Syncopators Orchestra in Brussels. The band played residencies in Vienna, Berlin and Paris throughout the 1920s."

In Berlin, between September and October 1927, Al Bowlly recorded some 30 tracks with Arthur Brigg's Savoy Synchopators Orchestra under the Deutsche Grammophon record label.

"In 1928 the band broke up. Briggs recorded again in 1929 in Paris under the name of the Orchestre Arthur Briggs and his Boys. Briggs then joined the Noble Sissle Orchestra, which played a long residency in London. He eventually returned to America with Sissle. In 1931 he returned to Europe and led bands in Paris, recording with Maceo Jefferson, Coleman Hawkins, Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli. During the Nazi occupation of France during World War Two, Briggs stayed in Paris, and was captured and imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp, but survived the ordeal and after his liberation continued to play Jazz in Europe until the mid-1960s.”

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