Music is a clear example of something that derives from and progresses with a culture. Jubilee Quartets and quartet singing, in general, is an old musical practice but can be seen in many modern examples.

Despite the similarity in name, the Fisk Jubilee Singers have little to do with the many jubilee quartets that were active in the Jubilee Period of the United States dating from the late nineteenth to the early twentieth century. While the Fisk Jubilee Singers were a full choir, Jubilee Quartets were, as named, quartets. This entailed that there were at least 4, but no more than 6 , singers or instruments performing a four part tune. Jubilee quartet music is usually characterized by one voice primarily serving as the narrator of the song with the other three voices providing rhythmic drive, and melodic commentary on the actions of the song. In this way Jubilee quartets provided a unique sense of storytelling in their music that was just as easy enough to snap and dance to as it was to listen to and truly understand.

After mainly starting in the African American community, as always the greater white society took an interest in the music of the Jubilee Quartets. The Jubilee Quartets were raging on the white radio stations with each station having their own “in house” Jubilee Quartet. Often, when people think of quartet, white men in barbershop hats and stripes, snapping in beat and tapping their feet to keep it. This is due to the modern exposure quartets get in western music and the lack of advocacy and representation of black people in that space. In other words, black culture is often subject to appropriation instead of uplifting representation. Historically movies, shows and other popular platforms often feature jubilee quartets in this matter, which has, in turn, distorted the true legacy of jubilee quartets.

However, one of the most famous groups is of course the Golden Gate Quartet, which started in a barbershop in Norfolk, Virginia. These four men paved the way to what would be one of the most popular music styles in black culture, in solid tuxedos instead of stripes and black instead of white.

The Golden Gate Quartet, like other community based jubilee quartets, were influenced by minstrel jubilee quartets. The combination of both practices resulted in a practice that can be seen in a lot of singing today. The popular 90s boy group Boyz 2 Men , while primarily a R&B group, often made quartet style hits such as In the Still of the Night.