The Early Contributions of African Americans to the World of Music Throughout history African Americans have made many contributions to American culture and have impacted the world of music in monumental ways. African American music introduced unique rhythms and song structure that represented the diversity of cultural influences from Africa. Ultimately, African Americans influenced the creation and evolution of music genres across the country and contributed to the multifaceted impact on the American music industry. African American music was strongly influenced by African culture and traditions. Prior to the 20th century, the rhythm and vocal traditions of African American music, such as the call and response song form can be
It was the hope that this exhibit would give one a holistic image of life and culture during the Harlem Renaissance by exploring different aspects of it. This event is considered to be the largest shift in African American culture that occurred during the 20th century as African Americans from across the country began to discover themselves and personally define what it meant to be “black”. This time period also marked the beginning of a shift in white recognition and acceptance of African American culture as whites across the country joined their black counterparts in enjoying jazz music and black literature. However, such a change didn’t mean that racism and racial prejudice were erased entirely. Such problems remained prevalent throughout the Harlem Renaissance, though their effects were limited by the sheer size and power of such a movement.
Singers such as Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday popularized blues and jazz vocals. Jelly Roll Morton and Louis Armstrong drew huge audiences as white Americans as well as African Americans caught jazz fever (Kallen 13). The continuing hardships faced by African Americans in the Deep South and the urban North were severe, it took the environment of the new American city to bring in close proximity some of the greatest minds of the day. Harlem brought notice to great works that might otherwise have been lost or never produced. The results were phenomenal; the artists of the Harlem Renaissance undoubtedly transformed African American culture.
The New Negro and the rise of Harlem came about at a time when African-Americans began to urbanize and form a unique urban culture. These African-Americans defined themselves on their own terms, were proud to be both of African descent and American citizens, and were not afraid to push back against racism. After WWI more than one million African-Americans moved from the South to Northern cities beginning in 1915 in what became known as the Great Migration. There were several push and pull factors that contributed to the Great Migration. Blacks sought to escape poverty, Jim Crow, and racism as a new KKK formed.
Ellington was concerned with the people relating his slave descendants and his music. He confessed that he did all the music and performance for dignity. In the film “Love you madly” he displayed his responsibility as a Swing Era bandleader to poetry and use jazz-oriented big band music to push the musician movement after the world war II. Ellington paid tribute to the black artists figures, centers of autonomy and achievements to people such as Liberia and Harlem, amidst the intense criticism that he was not fighting for the black liberation. In the film, he shows his moving against its strictures, where he documented and celebrated black history and culture.
The majority of Blacks have settled in Harlem. Among them musicians, writers, critics, etc. Harlem became the source of intellectuals and one of the greatest literary centers of all talents. Focused on the Harlem locale of New York City, the Harlem Renaissance was a piece of an across the country urban insurgency started by World War I (1914-18). The social upheaval, which took after the emotional flood of Southern blacks into Northern urban communities amid and after the war (the supposed Great Migration), brought the open deliberation over racial personality
Surrounded with a wide variety of styles, including Pan-African perspectives,” high culture and low culture”, traditional forms in literature such as modernism, and the new form of jazz poetry. New authors attracted a great amount of national attention, which led to more opportunities for blacks to be published by mainstream houses. Some authors who became nationally known were Jean Toomer, Jessie Fauset, Claude McKay, Zora Neale Hurston, James Weldon Johnson, Alain Locke, and Langston Hughes. During the renaissance jazz musicians like Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton, and Willie “The Lion” Smith are considered to paved the way for future musicians of their genre because they made a new way of playing
The introduction of the uniqueness of art, jazz, literature and dancing became the new attraction. The Great Migration of many African-American people from the South to the North, and many into Harlem was the cause of this circumstance. Harlem became the midpoint of settlement. There are principles that lead to the creation of the Harlem Renaissance. During the 1916 to 1970s the great migration occurred.
In the 1920s and 1930s, a large movement of art and literature took place in the city of Harlem. Many African American authors express their thoughts and ideas through anyway possible. Whether it be music, art, or literature, its impact gave the African Americans a new place in society. One composer of music was very influential to all people. His name is Duke Ellington.
The two nightspots influenced and changed African American culture which impacted America greatly. The Harlem Renaissance is an important time in America’s history, it changed America in many ways. The Harlem Renaissance took place during the 1920s up until the mid 1930s. The renaissance was a literary, artistic, and creative movement that helped redefine African American culture. The Harlem Renaissance inspired new music, art, and literature that reinvented African American culture.
It was music created by African Americans during the World War II era and extended to the beginning of the early 1960s. It became extremely popular during that time. Employment began to increase during World War II era. It evolved and began to bring poor people to the suburban cities. It created a younger and more urban black audience.
Mostly people in black neighborhoods are listening to jazz because it was originated by African music and combined with band instruments and rhythm & blues. Instruments like piano, clarinets, trumpets, and saxophones were involved in jazz music. Many popular jazz singers and musicians at the moment are Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, and Miles Davis. Most of the musicians in our decade are male but a lot of singers tend to be female just like Nina Simone, Bessie Smith, and Ella
The purpose of this post is to discuss an aspect of jazz that was charged or influenced by race, gender, religion, or another social aspect. I chose to write about a Duke Ellington album, Black, Brown and Beige. Duke Ellington was known for expressing the feelings of African Americans without being angry. However, you could still feel the pain, sadness and angst, and it was always done through a filter, with a feeling of triumph at the end. The album debuted at Carnegie Hall in 1943 with mixed reviews.
There was also Ragtime music and Broadway musicals that were also very famous. Exuberant dances were invented for the upbeat tempo’s. Jazz spread to many dance alls and other venues. The main form of popular concert music was marching bands and dance bands. The arrival of the radio and the phonograph records introduced jazz to remote locations.
Jazz has shaped the world we know today. Jazz would have never been as popular without the help of the famous musicians: Jelly Roll Morton, Joe King Oliver, Sidney Bechet, Louis Armstrong, and Duke Ellington. These people helped spread the new genre through radio, railroads, and the records that they played. Where did this all start? The jazz age began in New Orleans where a certain King was born.