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African American Music

Subjects : performing-arts, music
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1. Big Band-first inter-racial music group

2. Form of vocal improvisation on nonsense syllables

3. Developed ragtime music

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

5. One of America's most famous jazz musicians

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

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

8. Brightly colored woven fabric originally worn by Ashante kings

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

10. A spirit dancer

11. A steady - recurring pulse

12. Most prolific American composer (Big Band)

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

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

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

16. And easy-listening type of jazz

17. Rebirth of African-American culture

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

19. Space - time - and force

20. 'Father of the Blues'

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

22. Black dance; once America's national dance

23. Juxtaposing two or more different rhythms

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

25. Combination of jazz and rock

26. Ballroom that both whites

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

28. The art of planning dance

29. A type of spontaneous musical invention

30. 'King of Swing'

31. If dancer messes up - then the drums stop

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

33. A complex and sophisticated type of improvisation jazz

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

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