Survey of African American Music
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- Lady gives carisma when she sings. You can hear it in her voice.
- Mcrae believed Lady was very modern.
- Armstrong taught Billie Holiday that your voice is your instrument.
- Billie Holiday was an important singer of the 30s.
- Ella Fitzgerald blurred the distinction from pop and jazz.
- Fitzgerald sang her way to the top.
- During the great depression there were a lot of swing songs.
- Jazz had moved from Harlem to 5 6 avenue of New York.
- Billy Eckstine felt like they had a different sound.
- Musical analysts wanted fans to take sides with old vs new singers.
- Everyone plays the same things but has their own individual expression.
- Beatbox was a term name given but everyone played differently. It was very uplifting music. It was a natural evolution of culture.
- Charlie Parker had a new approach to playing music. His techniques were different.
- Parker would overlap to another key and come back. Everyone admired him for that. “That’s how music should be played”.
- Parker bebop through the piano. He did something no one has done before.
- He could handle tremendous tempos.
- Munk was the most prolific composer.
- Munk was very rhythmic and swinging in a lot of his music.
- Munk, bird, budd were all special at that time. They were all trying to evolve the music.
- Betsy Smith was the queen of jazz. She was nothing like Ella or Billie Holiday.
- Smith’s sound was very distinctive.