Art Blakey’s Jazz Message

Art Blakey’s Jazz Message It is impossible to talk about influential jazz musicians without talking about Art Blakey. Blakey was one of the most important figures in the history of jazz music. He not only helped to usher in a new genre of jazz, but he also mentored and inspired the next generation of jazz […]

Musical Resistance: The Negro Spiritual

Origins In its most simple definition, a spiritual is a religious song composed and sung by black people during their time of enslavement. Like folk music, negro spirituals were the songs of the working slaves as a result of the Great Awakening of the 1700s. The Great Awakening was a period of religious revival that […]

The Soul Stirrers: The Rockstar Quartet

The Soul Stirrers: The Rockstar Quartet The Soul Stirrers was one of the most influential quartets of their time. Their unique sound has impacted R&B, doo wop and rock music and they are most well known for being the group that launched legendary singer Sam Cooke’s career. The Soul Stirrers were formed around 1930 in […]

American Folk: The Music of the People

Origins of the Genre Many people believe that enslaved Africans came to America completely stripped of their language and culture; they had nothing to call their own. However, this is not the case. While they may not have carried physical objects with them, they remembered the rhythms and melodies of their music from their homeland. […]