Music During The Harlem Renaissance

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The Harlem Renaissance was the development of African American culture, particularly in the creative arts, and the most influential movement in the African American history. It started in the early 1920s and lasted up till the mid 1930s. During this time period, there was a lot of advancements in African American literacy, music, theatre and and visual arts. The African Americans became significant figures in the American society. The Harlem Renaissance was beneficial and had a positive impact on the African Americans because they became important figures with creativity in the American society. During the Harlem Renaissance, there were many new African American music artists, who greatly impacted the music of the United States. A few of …show more content…

A well known type of music during the Harlem Renaissance was jazz. Many jazz bands started to form all over the United States. In New Orleans, there was a jazz band that consisted of the cornet, clarinet and trombone. This band was greatly enjoyed by the American society. The band was having prominent success, until the rate of racism, prejudice and violence increased between 1917 and 1923. The increasing rate of racism of African Americans in New Orleans led to a many jazz musicians to escape to other states. The mass exodus of the jazz musicians of New Orleans led to the spread of jazz music throughout the United States. Some of the important places that these jazz musicians moved to are New York, Chicago and Kansas City. During the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s, New York became the home of the jazz musicians. There was a lot of respect and popularity for Jazz music. Since New York was a diverse state, all types of people started to become interested in jazz music. This was the first time that the African Americans were considered to be valuable members of the American society. Jazz music eventually led the creation of jazz poetry. These poems were very important because they proved that jazz music appealed to the American society on a spiritual, intellectual and philosophical …show more content…

The Harlem Renaissance helped the African Americans gain equal rights as everybody else. Today, most of the famous musicians and artists are African Americans. This shows that the African Americans never gave up on their future and always tried hard to do their best. During the Harlem Renaissance the blacks and whites began associating and collaborating in public for the first time. The African Americans were encouraged to explore and celebrate their heritage. Due to the Harlem Renaissance, the United States now sees the African American community as a serious source of literature, art, and especially music. It was an opportunity for African Americans to resist the inequality and prove that if race was not a factor, that there may be aspects of African Americans that are appealing to whites The main idea of being free and open about everything regarding life has been passed down through the ages of African American culture to the music and poetry that we see and hear

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