Summary: African-American Music provides an introduction to all of the richness and diversity of African-American musical styles, focusing on the distinct characteristics and development of each genre. This textbook is divided into four sections: Folk Traditions; The Jazz Aesthetic; Black Popular Styles Since 1940; and Black Theatrical and Classical Music. Using brief musical examples, the author illustrates and explains the basic concepts that unite all African-Americ ...show morean styles before discussing each style individually. Among the many types of music explored in individual chapters are spirituals, blues, gospel, ragtime, jazz, pop, and classical music. Biographical portraits of major musicians and composers, as well as stylistic analyses of each musical genre make this book not only required reading for any introduction to the field, but a pleasure to read for anyone interested in all of the different styles that comprise African-American music.