Howard Gospel Choir of Howard University

[embedyt][/embedyt] Founded in the fall of 1968 by Melanie Russell (Lee) and Rosalind Thompkins (Lynch), the HOWARD GOSPEL CHOIR (HGC) of Howard University is the first collegiate choir of its kind in the world. As a result, HGC has pioneered an international legacy in gospel music ministry. With an active roster of seventy-plus persons, […]

Spelman College Glee Club

[embedyt][/embedyt] Like many HBCUs, Spelman College has a premiere music ensemble which carries on the negro spiritual tradition. The Spelman College Glee Club has maintained a reputation for choral excellence since 1925. The organization is open by audition to all students of the College community. Their Repertoire consists of sacred and secular choral literature […]

Esperanza Spalding

Seven collaborative and five solo albums into her career at 31, Esperanza Spalding has always resolutely, intuitively, deftly expanded upon both her art and herself as a world-renowned genre- bending composer, bassist and vocalist. Spalding’s work, grounded in jazz traditions but never bound by them, has won her four Grammy awards and brought her onstage […]

Billy Taylor

Billy Taylor, a pianist and composer who was also an eloquent spokesman and advocate for jazz as well as a familiar presence for many years on television and radio. Dr. Taylor, as he preferred to be called (he earned a doctorate in music education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1975), was a living refutation […]

Tania León

Highly regarded internationally as a composer and conductor, and recognized for her contributions as an educator and advisor to arts organizations, Tania León has established a unique and sophisticated musical style. After completing her studies at the National Conservatory in Cuba, León moved to New York City in 1967. At the invitation of Arthur Mitchell, […]

Techno’s Wing Man: The Electrifying Mojo

                                                                                          The Electrifying Mojo, aka Charles Johnson, was an eclectic and influential […]

Jimi Hendrix: The Invisible Man of Rock and Roll

[embedyt][/embedyt] Research Methodology: First-hand accounts from Jimi himself, those who knew and worked with him, and critical interpretations of his music were used to gain insight into Hendrix’ identity as a black man playing, “white man’s music” Because Hendrix was, and still is, a pop culture icon, popular magazines and sites are utilized more […]

Does all music need to be meaningful? What difference does it make?

Music and societal happenings have always been intertwined. Music holds the power to reflect and create social conditions — including those that advance or impede progress. Therefore, music is a powerful medium. In social groups it facilitates communication that goes beyond mere words and promotes the creation of group and national identities. In an individual […]

Fisk Jubilee Singers

  Five years after Fisk University was founded, George L. White created a nine-member choral ensemble of students and took it on tour to earn money for the University. They were immediately popular and toured around the country and the world. The Fisk University Jubilee Singers performed negro spirituals that had been transcribed to be […]