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African-American Performing Artists

Teacher: David Frost
An American singer, songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist. A child prodigy, he became one of the most creative and loved musical performers of the late 20th century.
One of the first African-American conductors on the world stage. He was the Director Emeritus of Conducting and Orchestral Studies at the Julliard School and Laureate Music Director of the Oregon Symphony
The world’s first African-American mariachi singer.
Known as “Trane,” was an American jazz saxophonist and composer.
Called the King of Pop, his contributions to music and dance made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades
An American singer, songwriter, and actress. She rose to fame in the late 1990s as lead singer of R&B girl-group Destiny’s Child. The group became one of the world’s best-selling girl groups of all time.
An American composer, pianist, and bandleader of jazz orchestras. He led his orchestra from 1923 until his death, his career spanning over 50 years
An American composer and arranger of choral music. He was best known for his settings of African-American spirituals.
He has been awarded nine Grammys in both jazz and classical music and his “Blood on the Fields” was the first jazz composition to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music.
Achieved commercial acclaim and success with songs such as "Respect", "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" and "Think". These hits and more helped her to gain the title The Queen of Soul by the end of the 1960s decade.