Blues singers were an element of the subculture created from Africans who, while enslaved, sang European music. Classical listeners considered them crude and loud. However, jazz liberated singers from the precise pitch and calculated rhythms of European music. The melody was more natural and the rhythm was more like that of speech. The first black women singers came out of the spiritual and blues styles, and later, developed the jazz styles. This exhibit displays the contents of Dr. Cartwright’s vault, which includes photos, paintings and artwork by Charles Mills. CLICK EACH IMAGE BELOW FOR MORE ABOUT THE ARTIST. Visit us at 170 NW 5th Avenue, Delray Beach to see the full-sized, full-color images. Museum hours: Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 11am – 1pm.

Blues singers were an element of the subculture created from Africans who, while enslaved, sang European music. Classical listeners considered them crude and loud. However, jazz liberated singers from the precise pitch and calculated rhythms of European music. The melody was more natural and the rhythm was more like that of speech. The first black women singers came out of the spiritual and blues styles, and later, developed the jazz styles. This exhibit displays the contents of Dr. Cartwright’s vault, which includes photos, paintings and artwork by Charles Mills. Visit us at 170 NW 5th Avenue, Delray Beach to see the full-sized, full-color images. Museum hours: Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 11am – 1pm.

FEATURED ARTISTS

Lena Horne
https://spadymuseum.com/jazz-exhibit-lena-horne/

 

Carmen McRea

https://spadymuseum.com/jazz-exhibit-carmen-mcrea/