Carnegie Hall adds digital timeline of African American Music

Posted on: February 14, 2022

Carnegie Hall has launched a timeline of African American Music on its website as an interactive digital resource exploring the history and influence of African American music. The genesis for the timeline came in 2009 when soprano Jessye Norman—the curator of one of Carnegie Hall’s first citywide festivals: HONOR! A Celebration of the African American Cultural Legacy—believed it was important to have an online educational companion to expand the audience’s journey of discovery of the origins of African American music, and Carnegie Hall launched the first version of a timeline. The new, far more expansive digital timeline is designed as a resource for students, educators, researchers, and music lovers, and encompasses the earliest folk traditions to present-day popular music, spanning the past 400 years. The timeline explores unique characteristics of blues, gospel, jazz, rhythm and blues, soul, and hip-hop, while offering in-depth studies of pioneering American musicians in each genre and style. More information here.