20th Century “Hotlanta”: Piedmont Blues in Georgia

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THE FATHER OF GOSPEL MUSIC: THOMAS. A DORSEY’S CONTRIBUTION TO GOSPEL MUSIC

/*! elementor – v3.6.4 – 13-04-2022 */ .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} FATHER OF GOSPEL MUSIC Thomas A. Dorsey was originally a blues singer. During his time as a blues singer, he went by the name Georgia Tom. At the beginning of his career, Dorsey made his money singing off-color blues. Although Dorsey […]

Ma Rainey: Mother Of Blues

Born Gertrude Pridgett, Ma Rainey influenced the blues genre for a number of generations. From her abilities to put on an outstanding performance to her songs referencing sexuality, lesbianism and bisexuality, Ma Rainey, the gold neck woman of the blues, was not only a trailblazer for blues artist but social movements as well. Gertrude Pridgett […]

Blues, Bends, and Bisexuality: Gertrude “Ma” Rainey

WHO WAS “MA RAINEY”? Gertrude “Ma” Rainey, known as the “Mother of the Blues”, was the first entertainer to successfully bridge the divide between vaudeville — the cabaret-style shows from the mid-1800s, catering largely to white audiences — and the black Southern folk style (Russonello). Ma Rainey was born Gertrude Pridgett, the second of five […]

Shuffle Along

Shuffle Along was the first all-black Broadway musical. The musical debuted in May 1921 and was a musical comedy created by Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle. It laid the ground work and opened doors for other black musicals on Broadway Eubie Blake Noble Sissle Shuffle Along originally opened in the Howard Theatre in Washington, DC […]

Souring Through Jazz: Louis Armstrong

Souring Through Jazz: Louis Armstrong The genre of Jazz was brought to light in the early 1920’s, artist like Louis Armstrong set the tone and expectations for what all Jazz had to offer. Louis Armstrong’s Background Louis Daniel Armstrong also known as “Satch” or “Satchmo” by family and friends was born in 1901. Armstrong was […]

Women in Ragtime: Rosa Henderson

Rosa Henderson Women in Ragtime         When attempting to look up information on women singers and performers of the Ragtime era, you will notice that there is not much of it. This is probably due to the fact that the places where bands and singers performed at, such as dancehalls and parlors, […]

Ragtime’s Exploitative Documentation

Ragtime’s Exploitative Documentation Lost in Translation The ragtime genre thrived from 1896-1920. As ragtime’s influence transferred from the black community into mainstream media, the common means of music creation was different. Folk music and negro spirituals were documented through oral tradition, now ragtime music was now being documented on sheet music. Many white people transcribed […]