African American Women In Music: Studying Ella Fitzgerald and Mahalia Jackson

Ella Fitzgerald    Ella Fitzgerald was a famous African American jazz singer. Fitzgerald was born August 25, 1917 in Newport News, Virginia. As a child, after her parents separated Fitzgerald moved with her mother to Yonkers, New York where they eventually began to struggle. To help out, Fitzgerald began to work as a messenger for a […]

Bounce To This: Big Freedia and Bounce from the 80s-2000s

What Is Bounce?   Bounce music is a genre of music that can be categorized by the iconic triggerman beat. The triggerman beat is composed of an upbeat tempo with the infamous xylophone riff.  Where Did Bounce Start?   Bounce was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in the 80s. It started in the city’s housing […]

Add A Little Jazz To Your Day

Previous Next What Is Jazz Music?   Jazz is a genre of music. This specific genre focuses on rhythm and blues. Common instruments used in jazz include the trombone, trumpet, saxophone, bass, drums, and guitar.   Jazz started around 1895 but really became popular in the 1920s and 30s when artists such as Louis Armstrong […]

James Brown & Funk

Who was James Brown? James Brown was an African American singer and musician. He was born in Barnwell, South Carolina on May 3, 1933. Growing up Brown and his family did not have much. Growing up black in the south during the Great Depression was hard on him and his family. When he was four […]