Jubilee Quartet

/*! elementor – v3.8.1 – 13-11-2022 */ .elementor-heading-title{padding:0;margin:0;line-height:1}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title[class*=elementor-size-]>a{color:inherit;font-size:inherit;line-height:inherit}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-small{font-size:15px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-medium{font-size:19px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-large{font-size:29px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xl{font-size:39px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xxl{font-size:59px} Introduction Jubliee Quartet was established in the 1870s to raise money for black colleges that were struggling finchially. After the Fisk Jubilee Singers’ first national tour in 1871, the spiritual genre saw an increase in popularity. As a result, male quartets […]

Jubilee Quartet

/*! elementor – v3.7.7 – 20-09-2022 */ .elementor-heading-title{padding:0;margin:0;line-height:1}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title[class*=elementor-size-]>a{color:inherit;font-size:inherit;line-height:inherit}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-small{font-size:15px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-medium{font-size:19px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-large{font-size:29px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xl{font-size:39px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xxl{font-size:59px} Jubilee Quartet Jubilee Quartets are gospels songs inspired my negro spirituals, blues, and jazz that started in the 1960s in the height of the civil rights movement. Alfred G. King, John W. Work, and Noah W. Ryder were originators of Jubilee. […]

Jubilee Quartets

/*! elementor – v3.8.1 – 13-11-2022 */ .elementor-heading-title{padding:0;margin:0;line-height:1}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title[class*=elementor-size-]>a{color:inherit;font-size:inherit;line-height:inherit}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-small{font-size:15px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-medium{font-size:19px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-large{font-size:29px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xl{font-size:39px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xxl{font-size:59px} Introduction Jubilee quartets were popular African – American religious musical groups in the first half of the 20th century. They focused on preserving unique American musical traditions known as negro spirituals. Jubilee quartets influence a lot of African – American music […]

Norfolk Jubilee Quartet

Norfolk Jubilee Quartet Background Reigning from the Tidewater area in Virginia, the Norfolk Jubilee Quartet made an incredible mark on the Jubilee Quartet genre. Also known as the Norfolk Jazz, this group was created by Len Williams (Bass singer) and Delroy Hollins (Baritone). The group began to perform in 1919 and added Otto Tuston and […]

Influence On The Black Sound

European Influence On The Black Sound Similar to many aspects of modern culture a society, music has been formed with a sprinkle of multiple different cultures and types to form unique styles. One can find European singing styles in the singing of Jubilee Quartets. Where Did Harmonizing Come From? Harmony has been an aspect of […]

Jubilee Quartets

An outgrowth of the African American university singing movement, this quartet tradition is an artistic form with a distinctive history and aesthetic expression that originated around the mid-1800s. It is important to note that, within the context of African American music, a quartet is defined by the number of designated harmony parts, not by the […]

Commodification of African American Music

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The Golden Gate Quartet

The Golden Gate Quartet Previous Next Quick History Jubilee quartets have roots stemming from the Fisk Jubilee Singers, formed in 1871. This group banded together to preform negro spirituals and combat the large amount of debt that Fisk was facing. These performances of negro spirituals to audiences led to the creation of jubilee quartets and […]

Jubilee Quartet

Jubilee Quartets The Jubilee quartet genre started in the mid 1800’s. The name originated from Fisk University’s Fisk Jubilee Singers. This genre is also called the African American Quartet. The Fisk Jubilee Singers were extremely popular and often sang negro spirituals. They were the first jubilee quartet to tour and be compensated. The quartet usually […]

Jubilee Post

Introduction:  The Jubilee Quartet can be described as a group of four black men who sang together. This definition does not explain the true importance of this pioneering genre.  The Jubilee Quartet sung throughout three different genres and times of music, showcasing their talent and versatility. The first period was called the Jubilee Period, and […]

Who are The Fisk Jubilee Singers?

/*! elementor – v3.5.5 – 03-02-2022 */ .elementor-heading-title{padding:0;margin:0;line-height:1}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title[class*=elementor-size-]>a{color:inherit;font-size:inherit;line-height:inherit}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-small{font-size:15px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-medium{font-size:19px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-large{font-size:29px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xl{font-size:39px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xxl{font-size:59px} Who are The Fisk Jubilee Singers? /*! elementor – v3.5.5 – 03-02-2022 */ .elementor-widget-image{text-align:center}.elementor-widget-image a{display:inline-block}.elementor-widget-image a img[src$=”.svg”]{width:48px}.elementor-widget-image img{vertical-align:middle;display:inline-block} The Fisk Jubilee singers started out as a nine-member vocal group at Fisk University in Nashville Tennessee. These signers gained a reputation by […]

The Jubilee Quartet: A Male-Dominated Musical Genre

The Jubilee Quartet: A Male-Dominated Musical Genre by Lila Gilliam The Jubilee Quartet was birthed after the prevalence of Negro Spirituals being performed on collegiate and commercial levels. Jubilee was a popular genre throughout the late 1800s up until the 1960s, combining black and white musical practices including spirituals and folk. The general construction of […]

Jubilee Quartets in the World of HBCUs

Jubilee Quartets in the World of HBCUs What is a Jubilee Quartet? There is much scpeculation regarding where the Jubilee Quartet originated from, but it is certain that there is a rich history. Originally Jubilee Quartets were comprised of 4 or more men with various voice patterns and singing styles. It was common to see […]

Jubilee Quartets: The Cycle of Black Music

Jubilee Quartets: The Cycle of Black Music The Origin The name “Jubilee” derives from the Fisk University Jubilee Singers. George L. White, the music director at Fisk University called them “Jubilee” singers as a reference to the Bible and the “year of the jubilee,” in which the enslaved people were to become free. The original […]

The Golden Gate Quartet’s: Stalin Wasn’t Stallin’

Who Was The Golden Gate Quartet? The Golden Gate Quartet, an acapella jubilee quartet formed in 1934, broke racial barriers during a time where African Americans were not often seen in the media in a positive light. The members of this quartet composed of: Willie Johnson as a baritone, William Langford as a tenor, Henry […]

The Development of Jubilee Quartets

By: Autumn Johnson What is a Jubilee Quartet? Jubilee Quartets were religious music groups comprised of African Americans. There were three major time periods of Jubilee Quartets from 1880 to 1969, which are the Jubilee, Transitional, and Gospel Periods. Jubilee Quartets have changed and other elements have been added over these time periods. The elements […]

Jubilee Quartets: The Road to Representation

What is a Jubilee Quartet? The word “Jubilee” of “Jubilee Quartet” derives from the biblical phrase, “Year of the Jubilee” where African American enslaved people were set “free”. The Quartets were traditionally comprised of four individuals that sang four different harmonies; the first bass, second bass, first tenor, and second tenor. Although the quartet meant […]

Jubilee Quartets and Minstrel Shows: Another Tale of the Abasement of Black Art

Jubilee Quartets and Minstrel Shows: Another Tale of the Abasement of Black Art By Kalila Farrakhan The African American Jubilee Quartet is a genre of music that began in the mid-1800s and its impact has permeated through the twentieth century and current day. A genre with both Africans and Western influences, Jubilee quartets are unique […]

Gender Inequality in Jubilee Quartets

Gender Inequality in Jubilee Quartets Origin The jubilee quartet is a music genre that originated in the mid-1800s as an extension of the American university singing movement. These early groups consisted of four to six voices and a composition arranged for a four-part harmony sang in either a cappella or with a limited number of […]

The Golden Gate Quartet Formation of the Group In the mid 1930’s 4 highschool students from Norfol, VA joined together to create what was initially called the Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet. They gained momentum by performing for local churches and radio shows ultimately getting the attention of the record label, Victor. Though they sang mostly […]