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Welcome to the Jazz Quiz
for February

My Story

This month we give you fifteen questions based on the life stories of jazz musicians and one jazz venue - how many are you able to identify?


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Give yourself an extra point if you are able to identify the title of this song :

You are the promised kiss of springtime
That makes the lonely winter seem long
You are the breathless hush of evening
That trembles on the brink of a lovely song




1. 'I Play As I Please' is the autobiography of which famous UK trumpeter, bandleader and broadcaster? He followed it with another, 'Second Chorus'.




Forest Whitaker




2. Clint Eastwood made a film about the American saxophonist Charlie Parker. It was released in 1988 and starred Forest Whitaker. What was its title?








3. 'Don't Call Me Clyde' is clarinettist Peter Kerr's book about his life and times with which Scottish traditional jazz band?



4. 'The Long Shadow Of The Little Giant' is the title of Simon Spillett's 2017 biography of a UK tenor saxophonist / multi-instrumentalist who died In 1973, during a second heart operation at the age of 38. Who was he? Ronnie Scott said of meeting him: "This little boy came up, not much bigger than his tenor sax. Rather patronisingly I suggested a number and off he went. He scared me to death." A DVD documentary about him, 'A Man In A Hurry', was released in 2015.




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5. Which American clarinettist and Swing bandleader gave his autobiography the title 'The Trouble With Cinderella'? He was married 8 times, including to actresses Ava Gardner and Lana Turner.







6. Starring Sal Mineo, 'Drum Crazy' is a 1959 film directed by Don Weis about which American drummer? Playing themselves in the story are Red Nichols, Anita O'Day and Buddy Lester.



7. 'Lady Sings The Blues' is the autobiography of which American vocalist?



8. Who starred in and directed the 2015 movie 'Miles Ahead' about trumpeter Miles Davis that received mixed reviews?



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9. Which bass player gave his 1971 autobiography the title 'Beneath The Underdog'? The introduction says: 'From the shabby roadhouses to fabulous estates, from the psychiatric ward of Bellevue to worlds of mysticism and solitude, these are the celebrated, demonic, anguished and, above all, profoundly moving memoirs of the great jazz bassist and composer'








10. Who starred as Glenn Miller in the 1954 film 'The Glenn Miller Story'? Apparently, 'scenes ostensibly shot in England are clearly staged in the U.S., as witness the presence of RCS Type 44 microphones during a BBC broadcast. In reality, the BBC could not afford them and commissioned its own cheaper version'.



11. Francis Ford Coppola made a film in 1984 about the story of a famous Harlem jazz club. What is the name of the club? The movie starred Richard Gere as trumpeter Dixie Dyer and Gere played his own solos in the film.



12. Trombonist and bandleader Chris Barber published his autobiography in 2014. Complete its title - 'Jazz Me -----'.



13. ‘We Called It Music' is the autobiography of which American banjo, guitar player and bandleader who pioneered Chicago-Dixieland jazz?



14. In 2017, a film about saxophonist John Coltrane was released. It was directed by John Scheinfeld and made with the co-operation of the Coltrane family. Denzel Washington voiced the part of John Coltrane and the documentary included contributions by famous musicians such as Sonny Rollins, Ravi Coltrane, Carlos Santana and Wynton Marsalis. What is the title of the documentary?



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15. 'I Put A Spell On You' is the autobiography of the 'High Priestess of Soul'. The title is also the title of an album she released in 1965. She died in 2003. Who was she?





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