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African American Music

Subjects : performing-arts, music
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1. Jazz played by small band and characterized by ensemble and solo improvisation

2. If dancer messes up - then the drums stop

3. Rebirth of African-American culture

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

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

6. Brightly colored woven fabric originally worn by Ashante kings

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

8. A complex and sophisticated type of improvisation jazz

9. Most prolific American composer (Big Band)

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

11. 'King of Swing'

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

13. A spirit dancer

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

15. Black dance; once America's national dance

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

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

18. Ballroom that both whites

19. 'Father of the Blues'

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

21. One of America's most famous jazz musicians

22. Juxtaposing two or more different rhythms

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

24. A steady - recurring pulse

25. A type of spontaneous musical invention

26. Space - time - and force

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

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

29. The art of planning dance

30. Form of vocal improvisation on nonsense syllables

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

32. Big Band-first inter-racial music group

33. And easy-listening type of jazz

34. Developed ragtime music

35. Combination of jazz and rock