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African American Music

Subjects : performing-arts, music
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1. Deliberate shifts of accent so that it conflicts with a steady beat

2. Combination of jazz and rock

3. Black dance; once America's national dance

4. A type of spontaneous musical invention

5. One of America's most famous jazz musicians

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

7. 'Father of the Blues'

8. Form of vocal improvisation on nonsense syllables

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

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

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

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

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

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

15. Brightly colored woven fabric originally worn by Ashante kings

16. A measure or two where nobody plays except for the soloist.

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

18. The art of planning dance

19. Rebirth of African-American culture

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

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

22. Ballroom that both whites

23. And easy-listening type of jazz

24. A steady - recurring pulse

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

26. Big Band-first inter-racial music group

27. A complex and sophisticated type of improvisation jazz

28. Space - time - and force

29. Developed ragtime music

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

31. 'King of Swing'

32. Juxtaposing two or more different rhythms

33. A spirit dancer

34. If dancer messes up - then the drums stop

35. Most prolific American composer (Big Band)