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African American Music

Subjects : performing-arts, music
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1. Rebirth of African-American culture

2. Juxtaposing two or more different rhythms

3. 'King of Swing'

4. Combination of jazz and rock

5. Ballroom that both whites

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

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

8. If dancer messes up - then the drums stop

9. A steady - recurring pulse

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

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

12. Big Band-first inter-racial music group

13. Brightly colored woven fabric originally worn by Ashante kings

14. 'Father of the Blues'

15. Form of vocal improvisation on nonsense syllables

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

17. Black dance; once America's national dance

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

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

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

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

22. One of America's most famous jazz musicians

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

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

25. Space - time - and force

26. The art of planning dance

27. Developed ragtime music

28. Most prolific American composer (Big Band)

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

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

31. A complex and sophisticated type of improvisation jazz

32. A spirit dancer

33. And easy-listening type of jazz

34. A type of spontaneous musical invention

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