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blues

blues  

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Slow jazz song of lamentation, generally for an unhappy love affair. Usually in groups of 12 bars, instead of 8 or 16, each stanza being 3 lines covering 4 bars of music. Tonality predominantly ...
Eubie Blake

Eubie Blake  

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(1883–1983).Stage composer and musician. A groundbreaking African American songwriter who often collaborated with lyricist Noble Sissle, he gave Broadway its first truly black musical. Blake was born ...
Harlem Hell Fighters

Harlem Hell Fighters  

The first African American National Guard regiment in the state of New York, the “Fifteenth New York,” numbered 2,053 men and 54 officers at the time it was called into ...
James Reese Europe

James Reese Europe  

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(b. 22 February 1880; d. 9 May 1919),musician. James Reese “Jim” Europe was born in Mobile, Alabama, the fifth of six children. His parents were Henry J. Europe, a ...
jazz

jazz  

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A type of music of black American origin characterized by improvisation, syncopation, and usually a regular or forceful rhythm, emerging at the beginning of the 20th century. Brass and woodwind ...
Music Industry

Music Industry  

The story of black women in the American music industry reflects all the issues of gender, class, and race that have bedeviled Americans throughout their history. Still, black women have ...
Noble Sissle

Noble Sissle  

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(1889–1975).Stage lyricist and performer. The first African American lyricist to find success on Broadway, he was also an animated performer and interpreter of his songs. Sissle was born in ...
popular music

popular music  

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1. IntroductionAlthough the division between ‘classical’ or ‘serious’ music and popular music remains clearly identifiable, critical appreciation of both worlds has increasingly overlapped. There ...
Scott Joplin

Scott Joplin  

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(1868–1917)Black US ragtime pianist and composer, the first to write down his compositions.Born in Texarkana, Texas, Joplin won several local piano contests before turning his attention exclusively ...
Will Marion Cook

Will Marion Cook  

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(b. 27 January 1869; d. 19 July 1944),musician and composer. Born Will Mercer Cook in Washington, D.C., Cook adopted the middle name Marion during his college years. His father ...

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