Harlem's Cotton Club boasted the talents of Duke Ellington. 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
1. Scansion and Analysis The Harlem Renaissance was a period of revolutionary styles of music, dance, and literature that presented the hardships and culture of African Americans. The “Trumpet Player,” by Langston Hughes portrays the theme of the therapeutic effects of music through the development of an African American trumpeter’s music. The free verse poem “Trumpet Player” epitomizes the Harlem Renaissance and Jazz through the unique use of inconsistent rhymed and unrhymed lines mixed with the use of colloquialisms. Hughes employs the use of sporadic and irregular patterns of rhyme, meter, line length and use of enjambment to represent the Jazz like nature of the trumpet player’s music.
After Meeropol added melody to his poem, Billie Holiday, recorded the song. Billie Holiday was a very famous African American Jazz player, who uses rhymes, metaphors, and juxtaposition to explain the hardships of African Americans and demonstrates the horror of lynching in the South, in this song “Strange
Jazz was born in New Orleans about 100 years ago (early 20th century), but its roots can be found in the musical traditions of both Africa and Europe. In fact, some people say that jazz is a union of African and European music. Most legends are known for excelling in a specific field or for doing something so impactful on the world that they will be remembered for ages. What set Louis Armstrong apart from others considered to be legends is that he did this multiple times throughout his life and with ease. Over time there have been many people that have impacted the world and society we live in.
The closest thing to a dream for blacks at this time was Harlem, and he showed his love for the city in his inspiring poems. Langston Hughes’ “The Heart of Harlem” was the poet’s love letter to the paramount hotspot of creativity that was Harlem, New York; it was the African Americans perception of the dream. “The Heart of Harlem” was a tribute to Harlem’s unique personalities. Hughes, born in Missouri, moved to Harlem to experience the revival of art and culture known as the Harlem Renaissance. Harlem was already littered with artistic talent, from the unparalleled voice of Billie Holiday, to the inspiring message of Father Shelton Bishop.
In Ella Fitzgerald’s rendition of the song she does sing the lyrics and they are sought to be very dreamy. The instrumentation of this song is what “Caravan” is known for and is enough to launch the listeners into imagination. Ella’s version including Instrumentation of a big band include vocals, piano, drums, bass, saxophone, clarinet, trombone, and trumpet. These instruments out together to create jazz rhythms and a swing
The Harlem Renaissance was of the embracing of literary, musical, theatrical, and visual arts it was set apart for whites. Many of Hughes writings were derived from the African American culture and the struggles of their society. The infusion of jazz into his writings created a positive stain in the community. One of Hughes biggest writings was of “The Weary Blue,” which was one of the original Jazz infused poetry. Many of Hughs writings envolved societal culture issues.
Not all music produced in the Harlem Renaissance was about slavery, for many people this was a chance to draw attention to their talents. A great example of this is Josephine Baker, who was a singer in the 1900’s, she brought a lot of singing talents to America. She not only inspired other African American women but her talent had inspired many caucasian women as well. This helped the different races unite and combine cultures, which greatly impacted the social American lives. Progressively, Americans understood more of black
“In the process, it introduced white New Yorkers to to black music, theatre and entertainment and helped generated the white fascination with Harlem and the African American arts that was so much a part of the Harlem Renaissance. Shuffle Along also bought jazz to Broadway.” (Wintz 2015) After the war, black music such as jazz and blues became progressively liked within the black and white
Society in today’s world is very alike to society years ago, with different social classes and stereotypes. In “Just walk on by” by Brent staples, a variety of rhetorical devices are used in order to convey the message of how a black man is trying to show society that he is so much more than the color of his skin. The author explains how the character was characterized as violent and dangerous because he was black. Staples continues on a sort of journey with the character to show how he overcomes that stereotype, by whistling classical music to give the idea that he is mature and less threatening. Throughout the piece, Staples uses devices that will help the reader better understand the struggles that the character has to face on a daily basis.
Furthermore, Ellison’s passion for jazz music and blues had led him to reflect his novel. His familiarity with jazz was taken from his musical background. According to the author of Jazz Country Horace A. Porter: “Ellison began playing trumpet when he was eight, and he listened to and practiced playing ‘hard driving blues’” (3) He also added: “jazz musicians were as a group among Ellison’s several boyhood heroes” (3). Hence, jazz music was considered as an important point within his life since he got inspired by musicians as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Luke Jordan.
I define him as an effective advocate because of what he wanted and tried to do in a way that was more peaceful and focused on the mindset of a person. Others may argue differently but even today younger generations of different races recognize the name Louis Armstrong as a talented African American musician and historical figure where as many other Jazz figures have faded away through the culture of up and coming
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.