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African American Music

Subjects : performing-arts, music
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1. Developed ragtime music

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

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

4. Combination of jazz and rock

5. Space - time - and force

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

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

8. A type of spontaneous musical invention

9. A complex and sophisticated type of improvisation jazz

10. Ballroom that both whites

11. 'King of Swing'

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

13. The art of planning dance

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

15. And easy-listening type of jazz

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

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

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

19. If dancer messes up - then the drums stop

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

21. Juxtaposing two or more different rhythms

22. Form of vocal improvisation on nonsense syllables

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

24. Black dance; once America's national dance

25. A steady - recurring pulse

26. One of America's most famous jazz musicians

27. Rebirth of African-American culture

28. 'Father of the Blues'

29. A spirit dancer

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

31. Most prolific American composer (Big Band)

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

33. Big Band-first inter-racial music group

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

35. Brightly colored woven fabric originally worn by Ashante kings