Getting Jazzy

Getting Jazzy: Fusion Jazz Sans le jazz, la vie serait une erreur. Boris Vian What is Jazz? 1969-1990 What is Fusion Jazz? To fuse means to join several elements together.  Therefore, fusion jazz is a subgenre of jazz that is a combination of several elements from different genres, specifically the fusion of jazz, funk, and […]

Play That Funky Music Till You Die

What is Funk? Funk is a genre of music that originated in the mid-1960s in Black communities in the United States and hit its peak in the 1970s. Funk is defined as a mixture of soul, jazz, and rhythm and blues and there are many derivatives of the genre. Some of those derivatives include: disco, […]


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Musical Theater

Musical Theater  5/5 Black Musical Theater: What is it? Black Musical Theater is dramatic movement composed of plays written by, for, and about African Americans. Black Musical Theater originated from the minstrel shows of the early 19th century.  Minstrel shows were essentially how whites viewed black life to be and therefore became a large […]


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Negro Spirituals

Negro Spirituals Previous Next What are Negro Spirituals are a genre of folk songs that originated during slavery dating back to 1865. Negro spirituals were the primary ways that slaves were able to worship together so all of these songs are essentially retelling different biblical stories. Many of the negro spirituals also featured pleas to […]

The Blues: Songs of Sorrow

The Blues: Songs of Sorrow Where Did The Blues Originate? The blues originated from work songs, often coming from working class blacks trying to pass the time together in prisons, on railroads, and in factories.  Many of these made up songs were reminiscent of early religious songs: implementing the use of call and response among […]

All in Good Ragtime

All in Good Ragtime! Previous Next What is Ragtime music is a secular genre of music that came to fruition between 1896 and 1920 but it reached its height in the 1920s. The genre is typically based around the piano but it can also be accompanied by song, dance, and most notably, the syncopated rhythms. […]

Review of Lift Every Voice

Lift Every Voice: Marian Anderson, Florence B. Price And The Sound Of Black Sisterhood is an article by Alisha Lola Jones that discusses black women and their tendency to lift their own voices as well as the voices of others in statements of civil rights and womanism.  Marian Anderson was a contralto from Philadelphia that dedicated […]

Review of Folk Music Article

The Folk Music Article that I read was Folk: The Beginning by Alexis Moreland. In truth, this was not the best article that I have read. The article does not provide much information about the origin and influences of folk music save for referencing the vague origins of the genre. The article does not discuss […]