The Harlem Renaissance was a period of artistic, cultural, and social expression that began in the 1920s and lasted until the mid-1930s. It was a time of great creativity and innovation in African American music, literature, and art. Musically, the Harlem Renaissance was characterized by a mix of jazz, blues, and spirituals, as well as a new style of music called "stride piano." Stride piano was a style of jazz piano playing that combined elements of ragtime and blues. It was characterized by a strong left-hand rhythm and a right-hand melody that was often improvised. Other popular genres of music during the Harlem Renaissance included swing, big band, and gospel.
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