Play That Funky Music!

Play That Funky Music!! Music continues to evolve as time passes by, creating new sounds as popular trends arise throughout the years. Funk, a rhythmic musical genre which arose in the late 70s early 80s, did exactly this by implementing jazz along with rhythm and blues in order to make a unique and popular sound. […]

Herbie Hancock: Child Prodigy to Influential Musican

Herbie Hancock: Child Prodigy to Influential Musican Herbie Hancock is the most influential Jazz musician because of his eagerness to venture into different styles of music along with his determination in sharing his talent in any way that he could. His Beginning Herbert Jeffery Hancock was born on April 12, 2940 in Chicago Illinois.  Hancock’s […]

Women In Blues: Icon Mamie Smith

Women In Blues: Icon Mamie Smith The Blues was a time for personal expression of emotion, personal struggles, and showcasing a new style of music that was not seen previously.  This secular folk music originated in the Mississippi delta in the south.  The style of the blues was mainly revolved around vocals.  Lyrics generally expressed […]

The Road to Justice and Equality: The influence of the Negro Spiritual

The Road to Justice and Equality: The influence of the Negro Spiritual   The Negro Spiritual  The Negro spiritual was known to be the earliest form of religious music amongst African Americans in the United states. These spiritual songs continued to flourish in the south until the abolishment of slavery.  The birthing of the spirituals […]

The Man Behind the Music: James Sylvester Scott

The Man Behind the Music: James Sylvester Scott Who is James Sylvester Scott? James Sylvester Scott is known to be one of the many major ragtime composers.  Scott was born on February 12, 1885 in Neosho Missouri.  He was the only ragtime composer to grow up in southwestern Missouri at the time which made him […]

The Soul Stirrers

The Soul Stirrers The Jubilee Quartets        The 1920’s was a transformative period of time as the rise of Jubilee quartets began to flourish within America. Jubilee quartets were popular African American capella ensembles.  These quartets showcased four-six voices, and formal arrangements sang in four-part harmonies.  Although there was a plethora of Jubilee […]

Rhiannon Giddens’: Step Into Folk Music

The story Behind Rhiannon Giddens Rhiannon Giddens was born on February 21,1977 in Greensboro North Carolina, a south that was facing major racial transformations at the time.  After attending the Oberlin Conservatory to study opera, Giddens began to immerse herself in the rural music traditions of the region in which she grew up in. Soon […]