rhythm and blues


Definition of rhythm and blues

: popular music typically including elements of blues and African American folk music and marked by a strong beat and simple chord structure

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Edward, a graduate of the University of London, prefers rhythm and blues and dreams of writing a series of popular history books. Ian Mcewan, New York Times, "Review: In ‘On Chesil Beach,’ a Honeymoon Gone Wrong," 16 May 2018 The first Chi-Soul Fest, hosted by Navy Pier Wednesday to Saturday, pays homage in part to the sound of rhythm and blues on Record Row. Morgan Smith, chicagotribune.com, "Navy Pier hosts first annual Chi-Soul Fest," 27 June 2018 The Wizard of Oz’’ that featured an all-black cast and told the story of Dorothy & Co. to the accompaniment of rhythm and blues, pop, soul, gospel, and funk. Don Aucoin, BostonGlobe.com, "An exuberant journey down the yellow brick road in ‘The Wiz’," 22 May 2018 Zeshan B and the Transistors’ Beverly Arts Center debut is billed as a concert mixing Memphis rhythm and blues, Chicago blues and the sounds of Zeshan B’s roots in India and Pakistan. Jessi Virtusio, Daily Southtown, "Zeshan B and Transistors bringing blend of 'Brown Skinned Soul' to Beverly Arts Center," 14 June 2018 Expect live jazz, rock, rhythm and blues, gospel, Latino, and reggae music. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "These are the best Indianapolis food events in June," 30 May 2018 Ledisi has made a distinct contribution to 21st century rhythm and blues music. Bob Kostanczuk, Post-Tribune, "R&B powerhouse Ledisi to perform in Hammond," 30 May 2018 Then head downstairs to the New Era Ballroom to see local legends like Regi Wooten play their take on old-school rhythm and blues. Andrea Williams, Condé Nast Traveler, "5 Nashville Must-Visit Music Venues (For Folks Who Hate Country)," 18 May 2018 The 30th Annual Chandler Chamber of Commerce Ostrich Festival announces Grammy award-winning American funk and rhythm and blues band Kool & The Gang to headline the festival on the Main Stage on Friday, March 9. azcentral, "A guide to all spring festivals in Phoenix from April through May," 6 Mar. 2018

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1933, in the meaning defined above

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