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African American Music

Subjects : performing-arts, music
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1. An African American music that often expresses sadness - longing - or frustration

2. Space - time - and force

3. A steady - recurring pulse

4. Ballroom that both whites

5. Black dance; once America's national dance

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

7. 'Father of the Blues'

8. The art of planning dance

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

10. Juxtaposing two or more different rhythms

11. Combination of jazz and rock

12. One of America's most famous jazz musicians

13. A type of spontaneous musical invention

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

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

16. Brightly colored woven fabric originally worn by Ashante kings

17. Developed ragtime music

18. And easy-listening type of jazz

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

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

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

22. If dancer messes up - then the drums stop

23. Most prolific American composer (Big Band)

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

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

26. Big Band-first inter-racial music group

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

28. A spirit dancer

29. Rebirth of African-American culture

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

31. A complex and sophisticated type of improvisation jazz

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

33. Form of vocal improvisation on nonsense syllables

34. 'King of Swing'

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