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African American Music

Subjects : performing-arts, music
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1. 'Father of the Blues'

2. Brightly colored woven fabric originally worn by Ashante kings

3. One of America's most famous jazz musicians

4. Most prolific American composer (Big Band)

5. A spirit dancer

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

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

8. A steady - recurring pulse

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

10. Ballroom that both whites

11. Rebirth of African-American culture

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

13. Juxtaposing two or more different rhythms

14. Combination of jazz and rock

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

16. The art of planning dance

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

18. Developed ragtime music

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

20. A complex and sophisticated type of improvisation jazz

21. Space - time - and force

22. Form of vocal improvisation on nonsense syllables

23. If dancer messes up - then the drums stop

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

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

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

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

28. And easy-listening type of jazz

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

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

31. Black dance; once America's national dance

32. Big Band-first inter-racial music group

33. A type of spontaneous musical invention

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

35. 'King of Swing'