Blues was a genre that originated in the 1920’s created by, like most musical stylings, African Americans, with roots from Southern slavery. This music is played in 12-bar style and has roots from gospel, spirituals, and folk. Blues is a term meaning a state of depression or frustration. It is often played as an expression to tell a story of a gloomy mood.

My favorite part of blues is the call-and-response. My first time hearing blues performed was during an African American festival. A line was sung, and the piano played a trio of chords, I thoroughly enjoyed it because at the time I was a piano player.

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Jordan Bogans Amy Winehouse Amy Jade Winehouse was a sensational and melodic English singer from North London, England. Her music was a genre that consisted

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Folk Music by Jordan Bogans

Folk music originated in the South, the land of soul, spirituals, and rich harmonies. Slaves created this style of music in order to communicate their struggle and ambitions of hope and liberation. Music, art, and dance were very important during this time period, as it gave African Americans a mode of expression and allowed them to maintain their culture despite being enslaved.

Call-and-Response was a very important musical styling used in folk music. It consisted of a lead calling out a line with a group answering. Pattin Juba was also an element within this genre, it was a dance used to tell stories through song..

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Gospel

Gospel is to Christians as Blues is for sad times. Gospel music originates back to the early 17th century. It is a religious genre of

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Ragtime

Ragtime, the Syncopated Hit by Jordan Bogans Ragtime is a musical genre created by African Americans introduced in 1896. This colorful and creative genre of

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Musical Theatre

African American Musical Theatre Musical Theatre was created in order to tell stories through song, as well as dance and entertainment. Originally, blacks were not

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Jazz

Jazz Improvisation! Jazz music was an era of class and sophistication. Improvisation is a musical concept that essentially means on the fly, many jazz performers

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