This early type of jazz emerged in the 1890s and is characterized by a steady bass and a syncopated, jazzy treble. It was generally written and performed by pianists.


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The section within a jazz band usually consisting of drums, double bass, piano, banjo, and/or guitar is known as the 


Rhythm Section

He formed his own band in Chicago (the Hot Five and Hot Seven) and made a series of landmark recordings that sold as fast as they could be pressed; when he moved to New York he played as the featured soloist for a number of large bands


Louis Armstrong
Which group of musicians is famous for playing bebop jazz 
Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie
Born in St. Louis, the son of a well-to-do dentist, he began playing the trumpet at 13 and turned professional at 15. Although he idolized Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, he nevertheless represents the cool jazz tradition
Miles Davis

The _____ style combines the driving rhythms and repetitious harmonies of rock with the improvisational virtuosity of jazz.  

Tin Pan Alley was located in: 
New York

After his mother purchased a piano, he quickly learned to play popular music by ear and soon took lessons in classical music. He dropped out of high school and took a job in Tin Pan Alley as a song plugger where he earned fifteen dollars a week.


George Gershwin

Who were the composers of the earliest Broadway musicals, e.g. Little Johnny Jones (1906) and Showboat (1927)? 

Jerome Kern, George M. Cohan

Which musical retells the story of Romeo and Juliet? 

West Side Story

A style of early popular music characterized by a pounding quadruple meter and a raw, growling style of singing, all set within a twelve-bar blues harmony. 

Rhythm and Blues

Who was the first great exponent of rock ‘n’ roll? 

Elvis Presley

Which movement emerged as an alternative to the mechanistic music and synthetic clothing of the disco craze as well as the highly produced, overly orchestrated arena rock on the other? 

Punk Rock

This African-American style of music that initially drew on funk, disco, and the black preaching tradition.  


In 1984, this person became the only person to win a Grammy simultaneously as a classical performer and as a jazz performer.  

Herbie Hancock

What, in particular, did the British Invasion bring to popular music?      

Infused music with a harder edge, added the electric guitar

When did the grunge movement in rock reach its peak of popularity? 


Who paved the way for experimentation both in songwriting and in studio recording, expanding the boundaries of popular music and demonstrating the full potential of “teen” music?  

The Beatles

Who coined the term “rock ‘n’ roll” and disseminated this new style through radio broadcasts, concerts, and dances? 

Alan Freed

Little Richard, Chuck Berry, and Bo Diddley were important musicians in early:



This musician studied at Harvard and the Curtis Institute of Music. He has composed “serious” music, such as symphonies and ballets, as well as more popular styles, including film scores and four musicals. A virtuoso pianist, conductor, and educator, he was perhaps the most dynamic musical leader the United States has ever had.


 Leonard Berstein

The fusion of jazz style with idioms and forms of classical music is known as:


Symphonic Jazz

What was an early form of American musical theater that involved songs and dances, comedy skits, and other entertainers? 

 Minstrel Show

A native of New Orleans, his father and brother are prominent musicians; he received his first trumpet when he was six years old and studied classical repertoire at the Julliard School in New York in 1980. 

 Wynton Marsalis

Which group of musicians is famous for playing cool jazz?

Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock

Which type of jazz was popular during the Second World War?


 Big bands and Swing Music

Who was the most famous composer of ragtime music?


 Scott Joplin

Called the “Empress of the Blues,” this artist was brought to New York to record for Columbia, her most famous recordings occurred between 1924 and 1927, and brought her to the top of the popular music world. She was the highest paid black artist—male or female—of the day.


Bessie Smith

What is the term for a form of black folksong that originated in the South sometime during the 1880s and 1890s. and was passed along by oral tradition?


Know Rogers and Hammerstein songs
“Oklahoma”, “South Pacific”, The Sound of Music”
The following broadway song was written by which composer? (performed by Blink 182-a band I really like…but definitely not their best day)
What is the popular dramatic genre of American music that appeals to a general audience by means of spoken dialogue, songs, and energetic dances?
know the songs composed on tin pan alley

God Bless America”

 “White Christmas”

 “There’s No Business Like Show Business”

New Orleans jazz is typically played from written notation, known as _______