Jazz of course, never seems to be the same. B.B. liked to tell stories and talk to his guitar Lucille, but he set a great example for young guitarists all over the world. Something else that I believe is important in the evolution of jazz is the ability to read and understand musical notation. I was surprised to find out how many rock musicians were classically trained.
American music cannot be defined by a single word. As American moved on from the Civil War, more immigrants and former slaves began to move into major cities and bring new music. This action created a more ethical diverse music genre as we moved into the 20th century. As move African-Americans moved into cities like New York City and Chicago, they brought Jazz which was influenced from their southern roots. Jazz came from New Orleans where Africans, French, Caribbean, and English were known to communicate with each other.
What are The Blues? Where the Blues Started The Blues originated in the early 19th century as a form of a field hollers, a form of singing with quick or jumpy pitch changes, slaves would sing about their troubles, plans, and emotions while working in the fields in a call and response pattern. After the emancipation of the slaves, the genre almost completely vanished because of the lack of record keeping of African American culture during the 18th and 19th centuries. The lack of record keeping should have spelled the end for the Blues; however, all was not lost. In 1903, A man named William Christopher Handy, a popular African American bandleader and composer at the time, was waiting at a train station in Tutwiler, Mississippi.
Country artist Tim McGraw once said, “Music has the power to change people.” There is no better example of this than the roles that both Mardi Gras Indian music and Rhythm and Blues have had in fighting for the oppression against African Americans. Through the assessment of the musical and cultural impacts of both styles, it is possible to determine the roles each has played in fighting racism towards African Americans and, in the case of Mardi Gras Indian music, Native Americans as well. Mardi Gras Indian Music and Rhythm & Blues share many similarities and differences in the musical influences that lead to their foundations, their musical elements and the results that came from their formation. The influences that led to the formation of
Spirituals were born out of the experiences of the African Americans slaves in the United States during the 18th and 19th centuries. They often described the hardships these people faced while being enslaved, and some gave hope that one day things would get better for the slaves. From these spirituals, we can see many other forms of music influenced today, both black music and American music alike. Originally, these spirituals were only sung by the slaves acapella, without instruments to accompany their voices. As time passed, most spirituals were set to music, and arranged with instruments in mind.
Funk is an important music genre that began in the 1960s as an African-American music style where musicians created a new rhythmic form of music through a mixture of soul songs, jazz music and R&B. Funk minimizes melody and harmony and creates strong rhythmic patterns of electric bass, along with the drums and also a vocal style drawn from soul music. Funk songs are usually formed on a prolonged vamp on a particular chord, which effectively distinguishes them from soul music and R&B songs as these are normally based on complex chord progressions. The lyrics are commonly spiritual themes and social commentary. James Brown is generally considered the first artist to present funk in a complete form, and would not have done so without the influence
These books include “The Negro Forget Me Not Songster,” “American Ballads and Folk Songs,” and “Religious Folk Songs of the Negro” written in 1844, 1927, and 1934 respectively. These objects relate to American music because they contain original musical examples and scores of African-American music compiled by their various authors. Originally, I intended to research the music of William Grant Still and Florence Price while
During the 1960’s and the 1970’s Blues Rock took an identity all of its own combining aspects of both blues and rock n’ roll. Blues rock is a fusion genre that combines aspects of both the blues genre and the rock genre. The music takes on more of an electric feel because the instruments that are used. The main instruments used for blues rock include electric guitar, bass guitar, and drum kit, they often include harmonicas as well. Blues rock was developed in the United States as well as the United Kingdom during the 1960’s and 1970’s.
Thomas Dorsey was born on July 1, 1899, in Villa Rica, Georgia. He was the son of a Baptist Minister and the grandson of a slave (Reich 9). Dorsey took the skills that he learned from his mother, who taught him music from a young age, and started a career as a blues pianist and arranger. The music that he played during this time was so soft and smooth that he was often times called the “whispering piano player.” Many also described him as being able to play “southern blues” with a “northern feel” (Johnson 813). Not only was he a naturally gifted musician, but he also had the opportunity to make a name for himself by playing blues for influential artists such as Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith (Lee 19).
Writers like Zora Neal Hurston, Langston Hughes and W.E.B. Dubois used their ability to write stories and poetry that expressed how they felt about what was going on in their time and how there were changes that needed to be made. Hughes sometimes talked about how African American culture should be celebrated because it is just as important as white culture or any other culture. Sweat by Zora Neal Hurston didn 't focus on racial inequality as the forefront, but it showed how African American slaves who were beaten by their owners resulted in them being abusive to others around them because that was all they knew. W.E.B.