Toni Braxton

Toni Braxton Who is Toni Braxton? Toni Michele Braxton was born of October 7, 1967. She is an American singer, songwriter, pianist, record producer, actress,

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Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday Who was Billie Holiday? Billie Holiday is considered one of the best jazz vocalists of all time, Holiday had a thriving career as

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Lightnin’ Hopkins

The Influence of Lightnin’ Hopkins on Blues What is Blues? “What is the blues? Life. Life as we live it today, life as we’ve lived

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The Disco Queen

Introduction Disco is a form of dance music that emerged in the 1970’s. Disco got its name from the term discotheque which refers to a

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The Forgotten Jazz Pianist

Introduction Jazz is a genre of music originating in New Orleans, in the late 19 century is heavily based on improvisation. During Jazz performances, players

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The Progressive Era

Women in Ragtime Ragtime When you think about Ragtime, you should automatically think of the piano. As it can be defined as a genre of

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From Jubilee to Gospel

Introduction The term Jubilee Quartet was derived from a group of singers known as the Fisk Jubilee Singers. This group was formed at Fisk University,

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The Shout

Introduction The Ring Shout equally requires bodily actions and soulful shouts. To slaves it was more than just the biblical scriptures put into a song.

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Feeling Jazzy?

What is Jazz? Jazz is a unique music style that originated in the African American communities of New Orleans. Jazz is a blend of blues,

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R&B: The 5th Stream

The New Millennium   The fusion R&B creations of independent composers ignited the careers of many new artists in the 1990s. Two production techniques were

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New Orleans Jazz

Traditional New Orleans Jazz   Traditional New Orleans jazz is a musical genre with distinguishing poetic features that within a discrete, social framework, are connected

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