The Harlem Renaissance was the time period throughout the 1920’s in which entertainment, particularly music, was greatly cherished. It specifically narrowed in on exhibiting black talent and celebrating black culture. The musical movement started in New Orleans, but quickly stretched its way across America, to New York. The flaming passion and emotions that was put into the music during this time is something that is still greatly appreciated today. It is believed that African Americans would not be where they are today, if the renaissance had not occurred.
The thesis in the article titled “African-American Music and Muskets in Civil War New Orleans” by Mary Ellison is that the many different styles of African-American music has always given an accurate and complex aural image of their life during slavery and the civil war in New Orleans. Looking at the many different backgrounds of people and their different styles of music really helped set the mood and tell the story of what slavery was like and what the people endured before, during, and after the civil war. The different types of musical instruments and the styles of music is how slaves represented themselves in harsh times. When brought from Africa to slavery, the African-Americans brought with them their own instruments and style
Spirituals were quite popular among the slave community and eventually gave birth to the next musical stepping stone to jazz, blues. Blues is often thought of as plantation and country songs taken to the streets of the city. The most defining trait, how it sounds, perfectly resembles the troubling experiences in the wo... ... middle of paper ... ...the form of Black music. One of the most important phases of jazz for the African Americans was its acceptance. Elitist White musical circles considered some form Black artistry acceptable for the first time.
The soundtrack of slavery, the rhythms and sounds of the fields, enriched American culture and helped to form the American identity. The cross-fertilization between Africa and America that came about through the slave trade impacted many areas of American culture, but none more so than the development of new genres of music including jazz, gospel, and above all else, the blues. The blues, which arose deep in the region known as the Mississippi Delta, has helped shape the American identity by providing a distinct sound incorporated into many genres of music and by providing a voice for those that previously had none. Music helps define culture, and America is no exception. Used to express the thoughts and feelings of the masses, and, sometimes, to influence them, music leaves a lasting impact on all it touches.
After a victory, the United States needed cheerful music to dance to and celebrate with. Again after World War Two Jazz music was used again to boost moral of the country. “The end of the war and the close of the big band era caused the orchestra to struggle with many personnel changes, but Ellington's royalty money kept the band on the road and by the early 1950s the band was back in top form.”(Blues and Jazz) The Great Depression had negative impacts to jazz, similar to the way that Jim Crow laws affected Jazz. The Great Depression caused African Americans to be put out of work even more. “While whites in the jazz music industry got rich, black musicians did not reap equal benefits.
Jazz music originated from the African American culture, but spread quickly through the rest of America as the African Americans migrated north for new work (Great Neck Publishing). Jazz music was considered so unique because it allowed musicians the ability to express individuality and their own interpretations through the use of inflection, changing rhythms, and openness for improvisation during solos. One of the ways jazz music captivated its audience was through the musician’s use of inflection. The musician would often put extra emphasis on certain words or notes to intensify the music. Other ways artists used inflection were to accent, hold, or flatten the notes (Schuller 379).
A testimonial concert in Buffalo raised enough funds to finance Elizabeth's trip to Europe for additional training. She was aided by Lord Shaftesbury and Harriet Beecher Stowe and by the Duchess of Sutherland, who became her patroness. She toured cities in the East and Midwest, then traveled to England in 1854 where her performances were praised in the London press and where she sang at Buckingham Palace. There, she sang for Queen Victoria. Not only a great singer, she taught herself how to play the guitar and the harp, and was very skilled and adept at them both.
(Kahn, 2008). Stax was renowned for its output of African American music like jazz, gospel, funk, and blues. The most frequently used connotation of the term rhythm ... ... middle of paper ... ...e and in their own words. More than just the music of many generations, it was the music that influenced a generation, uplifted them in struggle, and helped ease their pain. I believe that one of the most remarkable and unique characteristics that makes the African American culture one of a kind is the music it has produced.
By this time in his career, as Biography.com Editors say, Coltrane had “nurtured a distinctive sound defined in part by an ability to play several notes at once amid wondrous cascades of scales, dubbed in 1958 by critic Ira Gitler as a “sheets of sound” technique.” He had his own perception of jazz and many other people began to love it. John Coltrane had a soulful sound in his music driven from passionate, fierce notes. His fast, loud style was a difficult thing to do as a jazz solo artist. People began to look up to him as a successful independent artist that could move a crowd. Students and tenor-saxophonists today still try and replicate the intense sound he produced.
Also emerging at the same time as the renaissance was a new music form called jazz. Jazz groups usually were made up of several trumpets, saxophones, some string instruments, piano, and drums. At this time whites were very interested in the exoticness of the black race, and jazz was a new exotic form of music that many whites liked. It was different then most other music of the time because of its fast paced rhythm, and swinging beat. Jazz reflects society by adding to the growing cultural uniqueness of black people emerging.