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The famous Duke Ellington Band.
Louis Armstrong

There was an explosion of music during the Harlem Renaissance. Jazz and blues was the music that vocalized Harlem’s nightlife. Jazz, which originated in New Orleans, was a fast-paced, energetic style of music. The combination of string and wind instruments created a rhythm that encouraged dancing. The mentality behind Jazz was that it allowed the musician to improvise and create his own rhythm. Some of the most well known jazz musicians during the time period were Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington, Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong, and Miles Davis.

The Blues was a musical form that developed in the post-war South and migrated its way to New York. It had steady, melodic instrumentals accompanied by lyrics that held intense personal and emotional elements. The blues intended to express black struggles and experiences in the post-war era. Bessie Smith and Ethel Waters, among others, were popular Blues singers helped spread the popularity and recognition of the musical form.

A list of the most prominent musicians during the Harlem Renaissance:

Armstrong, LouisFields, DorothyJordan, Joe
Bechet, SidneyForsythe, Harold BruceMack, Cecil
Blake, EubieGershwin, GeorgeMorton, Jelly Roll
Bradford, PerryGruenberg, LouisOliver, Joseph "King"
Calloway, Cabell, "Cab"Handy, W.C.Ory, Edward "Kid"
Cole, BobHenderson, FletcherRazaf, Andy
Cook, Will MarionJessye, EvaSmith, Willie "the Lion"
Cuney-Hare, MaudJohnson, HallStill, William Grant
Dett, Robert NathanielJohnson, James P.Waller, Thomas "Fats"
Ellington, DukeJohnson, John RosamondWhite, Clarence Cameron
Europe, James ReeseJoplin, ScottWilliams, Clarence

Louis Armstrong - "Stompin' At The Savoy"

Duke Ellington - "It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Aint Got that Swing)"

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