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African American Music

Subjects : performing-arts, music
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1. One of the most famous female blues singers; first black woman to work with a white orchestra

2. And easy-listening type of jazz

3. Form of vocal improvisation on nonsense syllables

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

5. One of America's most famous jazz musicians

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

7. Ballroom that both whites

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

9. Big Band-first inter-racial music group

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

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

12. 'Father of the Blues'

13. 'King of Swing'

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

15. A steady - recurring pulse

16. Rebirth of African-American culture

17. A complex and sophisticated type of improvisation jazz

18. Combination of jazz and rock

19. Black dance; once America's national dance

20. A spirit dancer

21. Juxtaposing two or more different rhythms

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

23. Developed ragtime music

24. A type of spontaneous musical invention

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

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

27. Space - time - and force

28. Brightly colored woven fabric originally worn by Ashante kings

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

30. The art of planning dance

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

32. Most prolific American composer (Big Band)

33. If dancer messes up - then the drums stop

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

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