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African American Music

Subjects : performing-arts, music
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1. If dancer messes up - then the drums stop

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

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

4. Black dance; once America's national dance

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

6. A complex and sophisticated type of improvisation jazz

7. 'King of Swing'

8. A steady - recurring pulse

9. Juxtaposing two or more different rhythms

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

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

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

13. And easy-listening type of jazz

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

15. A type of spontaneous musical invention

16. Form of vocal improvisation on nonsense syllables

17. Space - time - and force

18. Rebirth of African-American culture

19. Combination of jazz and rock

20. Most prolific American composer (Big Band)

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

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

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

24. Brightly colored woven fabric originally worn by Ashante kings

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

26. Developed ragtime music

27. One of America's most famous jazz musicians

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

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

30. 'Father of the Blues'

31. The art of planning dance

32. Big Band-first inter-racial music group

33. Ballroom that both whites

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

35. A spirit dancer