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African American Music

Subjects : performing-arts, music
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  • Answer 35 questions in 15 minutes.
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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