Day: April 14, 2019

Gospel Music: Past & Present

Background on Gospel Music Passionate about establishing a better quality of life, black sharecroppers began to migrate from the rural South to cities in the urban North – Chicago, NYC, Detroit-  in hopes that they

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Take Me to Church: Gospel Music in America

The Origin of Gospel Gospel Music has deep roots within the African American Church. The elements that are associated with African American Gospel music can be traced back to western African. During the slave trade,

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Sonny Rollins

Background Sonny Rollins was born “Theodore Walter Rollins” on September 7, 1930 in New York City. As a child, he started as a pianist, but then switched to the alto saxophone to emulate Louis Jordan.

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Gospel – Then vs. Now

Old School – Legends like Mahalia Jackson sang gospel music in its earlier days. Jackson made Gospel in the 1950s become popular because of her style. She adlibbed in long and drawn out shouts that

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Black and Blues

Origin: The Blues genre formed at the turn of the 20th century in the Deep South. The heart of the genre was in Mississippi Delta. During this time, the  severe limitations of African American rights

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