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African American Music

Subjects : performing-arts, music
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1. Black dance; once America's national dance

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

3. Form of vocal improvisation on nonsense syllables

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

5. If dancer messes up - then the drums stop

6. Ballroom that both whites

7. One of America's most famous jazz musicians

8. Most prolific American composer (Big Band)

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

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

11. A spirit dancer

12. A steady - recurring pulse

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

14. A complex and sophisticated type of improvisation jazz

15. Combination of jazz and rock

16. Rebirth of African-American culture

17. Big Band-first inter-racial music group

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

19. A type of spontaneous musical invention

20. Space - time - and force

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

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

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

24. Juxtaposing two or more different rhythms

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

26. Developed ragtime music

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

28. 'Father of the Blues'

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

30. Brightly colored woven fabric originally worn by Ashante kings

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

32. The art of planning dance

33. 'King of Swing'

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

35. And easy-listening type of jazz