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 would freestyle, or improvise, notes that were played or musical sequences. This genre consisted elements of blues in a more swing rhythm style, it was also very individualistic as well meaning that one could stand alone and perform or practice jazz.

Ella Fitzgerald was a notable artist in this genre during this time. She was a singer and used song to express her emotions and tell stories of her life. Etta James was also a jazz singer within the peak of this genre, while her song ” At Last” is often used in wedding ceremonies and in romantic settings today.

Jazz originated in the South in the earlier 20th century, and was widely popular in places such as New Orleans and Mississippi. However the evolution of jazz came along with artists such as Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong, they created harmonious tones mixing elements of different genres with jazz such as ragtime and soul, and made it their own.

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Jubilee Quartets

A jubilee quartet is an a capella singing group that consists of four to six male or female voices. These quartets are traditionally African American

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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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Women of the Disco Era

Get Your Groove On! ..Dance! Disco became popularized in the 1970’s, this was an era of dancing and big hair! The disco era introduced a

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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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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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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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