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African American Music

Subjects : performing-arts, music
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  • Answer 35 questions in 15 minutes.
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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