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Welcome to the Jazz Quiz
for December

True or False?


This month's quiz brings brought you fifteen statements about jazz - some are true, some are false.

Can you sort out which are which?


Speak no evil


Give yourself one extra point if you are able to identify the song title for these lyrics:


Jonah he lived in a whale 
Jonah he lived in a whale 
He made his home in that fish's abdomen 
Jonah he lived in a whale


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1. The letters 'ECM' of the record company stand for 'Edition of Contemporary Music'.


Robert Johnson





2. Blues singer Robert Johnson was murdered at the age of 27 - whether he sold his soul to the Devil is another matter.








3. The young singer, arranger, composer and multi-instrumentalist Jacob Collier is the grandson of jazz bassist, bandleader and composer Graham Collier.



4. 'Bix: Ain't None of Them Play Like Him Yet' is a 1981 film directed by Brigitte Berman with a cast that includes Louis Armstrong.



5. 'Weapons of Mass Distraction' is the name of a recent album by the Andrew Linham Jazz Orchestra.



Artie Shaw



6. Bandleader Artie Shaw was married eight times. His wives included actresses Lana Turner and Ava Gardner.






7. Bud Freeman played most of the reeds 'family' of instruments but was best know for playing the baritone sax.


8. For a short while, from 1944 to 1946, Lester Young was married to singer Billie Holiday, who he had named 'Lady Day', but the marriage did not last due to the saxophonist's heavy drinking.


9. After Jelly Roll Morton's grandmother found out that he was playing jazz in a brothel, she kicked him out of her house. He said: 'When my grandmother found out that I was playing jazz in one of the sporting houses in the District, she told me that I had disgraced the family and forbade me to live at the house. ... She told me that devil music would surely bring about my downfall, but I just couldn't put it behind me'.


Red Rodney



10. Trumpeter Red Rodney joined Charlie Parker's quintet and was a member of the band from 1949–1951. As the only white member of the group, he was billed as "Albino Red" when playing in the southern United States.








11. Eddie Condon did a series of televised shows named Eddie Condon's Jazz Concerts, from New York's Town Hall during 1944–45. The filmed concerts survive, and hare available on YouTube.


12. In 1969, saxophonist Anthony Braxton recorded For Alto - the first full-length album for unaccompanied saxophone.


13. At the 1921 musical Shuffle Along, Black audiences sat in orchestra seats rather than being relegated to the balcony. It was the first Broadway musical to feature a sophisticated African-American love story, rather than a frivolous comic one. The show launched or boosted the careers of Josephine Baker, Florence Mills, and Adelaide Hall.


14. Shuffle Along introduced the song I'm Just Wild About Harry with Lyrics by Noble Sissle and music by Eubie Blake.



Liane Carroll



15. In 2011, singer Liane Carroll was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE).






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