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Jazz music moves off the dance floor.
Mid 20th Century
Born in the Mississippi Delta.
Early 20th Century
The music of the enslaved evolved to become America's music.
The term covers subgenres like hard bop and free jazz.
Civil Rights Era
Black musical tradition is a part of its core.
It went from the underground club scene to the mainstream.
Post-Civil Rights Era
Rich vocal harmonies combined with teen romance.
The blues plugs in.
All about the groove.
The progeny of spirituals and cousin to the blues.
Two turntables and a microphone.
Late 20th Century
Birthed from the underground clubs of Chicago and New York.
Born in New Orleans with roots in ragtime and the blues.
The sound of young America masterminded by Berry Gordy.
Soul music makes a return.
A genre unto himself.
Soul gets high.
Polished sound and sophisticated production.
A uniquely American syncopated music and precursor to jazz.
Late 19th Century
The big bands get smaller and grittier.
Rock loses the roll but gains amplitude and attitude.
The biggest musical phenomenon of the 20th-century.
Combines rhythm and blues and gospel music styles.
Religious folksong born from African enslavement in America.
The dominant form of American dance music for over a decade.
Electronic dance music born in Detroit.