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African American Music

Subjects : performing-arts, music
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1. A measure or two where nobody plays except for the soloist.

2. One of the most famous male blues singers who helped R & B develop

3. Jazz played by small band and characterized by ensemble and solo improvisation

4. A type of spontaneous musical invention

5. A musical figure repeated at the same pitch throughout the composition

6. A steady - recurring pulse

7. Structure and design of a musical composition incorporating unity - variety - content - and repitition.

8. Black dance; once America's national dance

9. If dancer messes up - then the drums stop

10. One of the most famous female blues singers; first black woman to work with a white orchestra

11. Rhythm characterized by syncopation in the melody and regularly accented accompaniment.

12. And easy-listening type of jazz

13. Ballroom that both whites

14. An istrument that derives its sound by being shaken or struck.

15. A musical form distinguished by its reliance on improvisation and its rhythmic urgency; America's gift to the world

16. Most prolific American composer (Big Band)

17. A larger jazz band characterized by ensemble and solo improvisation

18. Space - time - and force

19. Basic rhytmic pattern that forms the foundation for complex rhythms played by multiple drums.

20. 'Father of the Blues'

21. 'King of Swing'

22. First recorded anti-racial song; recorded by Billie Holliday

23. Brightly colored woven fabric originally worn by Ashante kings

24. Deliberate shifts of accent so that it conflicts with a steady beat

25. One of America's most famous jazz musicians

26. Combination of jazz and rock

27. Juxtaposing two or more different rhythms

28. A spirit dancer

29. A complex and sophisticated type of improvisation jazz

30. Rebirth of African-American culture

31. Developed ragtime music

32. An African American music that often expresses sadness - longing - or frustration

33. Form of vocal improvisation on nonsense syllables

34. The art of planning dance

35. Big Band-first inter-racial music group