Author: Shelby Richardson

The Evolution of Coltrane

John Coltrane John Coltrane was one of the most versatile artists of his time. A dynamic saxophonist and composer, Coltrane revolutionized jazz at many points in his career. He was a pioneer in Hard Bop,

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Wayne Shorter and the Fusion Revolution

The Life of Wayne Shorter Wayne Shorter is an American Jazz Composer and Saxophonist. Born August 25th, 1933 in Newark, NJ, Wayne Shorter helped pioneer the Jazz fusion genre. When they say ‘jazz,’ I’m thinking

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Thelonious Monk: Concert Report

Thelonious Monk was a jazz pianist and composer who performed in the Bebop style. Known for his eccentric performance style, Monk is a personification of formalized jazz. In his concert, Monk made jazz a matter

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The Late Work of Louis Armstrong

The Late Work of Louis Armstrong Musical Characteristics The late work of Louis Armstrong moved out of the big band tradition, transitioning into a smaller group of musicians. During this time, Louis Armstrong performed as

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Let’s Talk About Techno

Let’ Talk About Techno What is Techno? Techno music was developed in Detroit, Michigan in the 1980s. It was primarily played in underground clubs. The genre combined house music, native to Chicago, electronic jazz, and

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Audra McDonald

Audra McDonald Audra McDonald, born july 3rd, 1970 in West Berlin, Germany, is an American singer and actress.  She is a classically trained Soprano, and earning a Bachelor of Music from the Julliard School of Music

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Blame it on the Boogie!

Blame it on the Boogie! The Disco Era Disco was a genre heavily associated with freedom: it was a soundtrack of resistance, laced through other art forms such as film and fashion. Characteristics: Fast tempo

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The Gospel Truth

The Gospel Truth Origins The gospel genre officially originated in the 1930s. Gospel music was, and continues to be, a way for Black people to give praise and worship. This has been a large component

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It’s Ragtime!

It’s Ragtime! Ragtime music was music for the people, by the people. It was widely accessible through sheet music, and was played in many Black households from 1896 – 1920. Ragtime music was also performed

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All That Jazz

All That Jazz Jazz became a conversation between artists: a representation of black intellectualism on a more “sophisticated” stage than its predecessors, blues and ragtime. Jazz originated in New Orleans in the 1930s, which at

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