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African American Music

Subjects : performing-arts, music
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1. Rebirth of African-American culture

2. A spirit dancer

3. 'Father of the Blues'

4. Black dance; once America's national dance

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

6. If dancer messes up - then the drums stop

7. A steady - recurring pulse

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

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

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

11. Most prolific American composer (Big Band)

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

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

14. And easy-listening type of jazz

15. 'King of Swing'

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

17. Combination of jazz and rock

18. Space - time - and force

19. Developed ragtime music

20. Ballroom that both whites

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

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

23. A type of spontaneous musical invention

24. Juxtaposing two or more different rhythms

25. Form of vocal improvisation on nonsense syllables

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

27. Brightly colored woven fabric originally worn by Ashante kings

28. Big Band-first inter-racial music group

29. The art of planning dance

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

31. A complex and sophisticated type of improvisation jazz

32. One of America's most famous jazz musicians

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

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

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