The History of Gospel Music
Black Gospel Quartets
Gospel Music Association
International Gospel Music Hall of Fame
Jazz - A music that depends
primarily on improvisation and reflects a long tradition of changing ideas of structure,
freedom and swing. The first music known as jazz was the New Orleans style ("Dixieland"), in which a small group
would improvise collectively on a well known tune. in the Twenties trumpeter Louis
Armstrong and others began to separate the soloists from the accompaniment, each permitted
different degrees of freedom -an idea that ruled jazz for the next few decades through the
harmonic and rhythmic revolutions of the big bands of the Thirties swing era, (Duke
Ellington, Fletcher Henderson, Benny Goodman), bee-bop in the late Forties (Charlie
Parker, Dizzy Gillespie) and "cool" and hard bop and modal playing in the
Fifties (Miles Davis, Thelonius
Golden Age of Jazz - Photos
The Red Hot Jazz Archive
What is Jazz?
American Jazz Heritage
Styles of Jazz
Rhythm and Blues - Rhythm
and Blues is a descriptive term that has never had a clear single meaning. In it's
broadest sense, R&B denotes black pop music. However, as black pop music changes, it
has become a term that is often defined by whatever black musical style it is attached to
at a given point in time, rather than the other way around.
In the beginning it was a renaming of "race" music. and later gave way to soul, funk, disco and simply "black" styles. small rhythm and blues combos revved up Tin Pan Alley pop tunes with rhythms derived from swing jazz and vocals reflecting the blues. They linked the big band jump blues of the Forties with early rock and roll. Early rock and roll hits were often covers by white singers of R&B hits, like Elvis Presley's version of Roy Brown's "Good Rockin' Tonight" or Bill Haley and His Comets cleaned-up take on Big Joe Turner's "Shake, Rattle and Roll."
Influences courtesy Rolling Stone's "Encyclopedia of Rock and Roll."