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African American Music

Subjects : performing-arts, music
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1. Structure and design of a musical composition incorporating unity - variety - content - and repitition.

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

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

4. A type of spontaneous musical invention

5. And easy-listening type of jazz

6. 'Father of the Blues'

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

8. 'King of Swing'

9. Black dance; once America's national dance

10. Rebirth of African-American culture

11. A spirit dancer

12. Combination of jazz and rock

13. Juxtaposing two or more different rhythms

14. Brightly colored woven fabric originally worn by Ashante kings

15. A complex and sophisticated type of improvisation jazz

16. Space - time - and force

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

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

19. Ballroom that both whites

20. A steady - recurring pulse

21. Developed ragtime music

22. If dancer messes up - then the drums stop

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

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

25. Most prolific American composer (Big Band)

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

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

28. The art of planning dance

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

30. One of America's most famous jazz musicians

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

32. Big Band-first inter-racial music group

33. Form of vocal improvisation on nonsense syllables

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

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