Louis Armstrong’s Secret Habit

/*! elementor – v3.8.0 – 30-10-2022 */ .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 was Louis Armstrong? Louis Armstrong was indeed a talented artist. Known for his unique style of playing, Armstrong gained a lot of popularity in the 1930’s and 40’s. He did not have an easy childhood. He grew up in an […]

20th Century “Hotlanta”: Piedmont Blues in Georgia

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Marian Anderson Brings Spirituals to the National Stage

Nearly four score after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation that released African-Americans from bondage, Marian Anderson utilized the genre morphed from slavery to stand against discrimination midway through the Jim Crow era and unintentionally serve as a pioneer of the Civil Rights Movement in the decades to follow.   A Brief History of Negro […]

1930s and 1940s Jazz by Kaia Bruce

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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 […]

Little Louis: Valaida Snow

Valaida Snow Previous Next Snow’s Upbringing Early Life Valaida Snow was born on June 2nd, 1904 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Her love for music started when her father, minister and leader of the Pickaninny Troubadours, took her and her family on the road to begin performing at age five. By the time she turned fifteen, Snow […]

Jazz’s Impact on the Civil Rights Movement

Jazz’s Impact on the Civil Rights Movement Swing jazz was enjoyed by both black and white audiences, which is what allowed the genre to play a major role in influencing the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. With black jazz artists holding the American public’s interest, these artists had control over the music and, therefore, […]

Son House: A Hidden Gem

Son House Early Life Edward James “Son” House, Jr. was born on the twenty-first day of March, 1902 in a small town in Mississippi named Lyon. House Jr. was the second of three brothers. His father, was a musician as well; he played the tuba in a band with his brothers. The entire family was heavily […]

The Dixie Hummingbirds: Jubilee Quartet

Dixie Hummingbirds

The Dixie Hummingbirds: Jubilee Quartet Jubilee Quartet The 1920s saw the rise of a key predecessor of what we today call gospel music. Southern African American quartets injected new rhythmic drive and performing panache into their jubilee renditions of Biblical verse. The Virginia-based Golden Gate Quartet, the most popular of these groups, inspired countless others […]

How Jubilee Quartets Transitioned With Black America

What Sparked the Transition? The Great Migration took place between 1910-1920, in which Blacks from rural areas of the South migrated to the North in an effort to receive better educational and social opportunities. As a result of this migration, Black communities created an influx of personal religious, social, and economic opportunities. As The Great […]