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This Month's Quiz Answers



August 2019




The Beiderbecke Takes

This month we gave you fifteen questions related to tunes recorded by cornettist Bix Beiderbecke. We took out every other letter from the tune titles. How many tunes did you identify?


Bix beiderbecke



As with everything, Jazz has its music legends. Some of these were particularly talented musicians who died before their time. One of them was Leon 'Bix' Beiderbecke. Wikipedia sums it up: 'Treatment for alcoholism in rehabilitation centers, with the support of Whiteman and the Beiderbecke family, failed to stop his decline. He left the Whiteman band in 1929 and in the summer of 1931 he died in his Sunnyside, Queens, New York apartment at the age of 28. Virtually no moving film exists showing the cornettist (click here for a brief glimpse of him with Paul Whiteman's Orchestra in 1928 playing My Ohio Home). But perhaps his best recordings were with small groups during the late 1920s.

We have something of a picture of the man in the words of people who knew him, people like Eddie Condon who is famously quoted as saying: "Finally Beiderbecke took out a silver cornet. He put it to his lips and blew a phrase. The sound came out like a girl saying 'yes'." Or Bix's friend Hoagy Carmichael who in this interview 'rejects the notion that lots of people knew Bix well' (click here). At the end of the day, we have Bix's recordings. Like many people, I have always found something special about his solos - we share some of them in this month's quiz. (Most of these tunes can be heard on YouTube).


The quiz answers are below ....

Don't forget to check your score.

Give yourself an extra point if you were able to identify the song from which these lyrics come :

'Other arms reach out to me
Other eyes smile tenderly
Still in peaceful dreams I see
The road leads back to you

(Georgia On My Mind by Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrel)



Your Score

15 + correct - Top Gun
10 - 14 correct - Reach For The Sky
8 - 11 correct - Up In The Air
4 - 7 correct - Dambuster
1 - 3 correct - The Terminal




Here are the answers


1. Royal Garden Blues

[Click here to listen to Bix and his Gang with Royal Garden Blues in 1927: Bix Beiderbecke (cornet); Bill Rank (trombone); Don Murray (clarinet); Frank Signorelli (piano); Adrian Rollini (bass sax); Chauncey Moorhouse (drums)]


2. Way Down Yonder In New Orleans



Paul Whiteman



3. Wait Til You See Ma Cherie


[Click here to listen to Wait 'Til You See Ma Cherie in 1929. Andy Secrest from the Whiteman band is also on cornet. Bix was not too well at this stage - and it is difficult, I think, to identify each cornettist: Bix Beiderbecke, Andy Secrest (cornets); Bill Rank (trombone); Charlie Strickfaden (alto sax); Izzy Friedman (clarinet, alto sax); Frank Trumbauer (c-melody sax) Min Leibrook (bass); Roy Bargy (piano); Eddie Lang (guitar); Stan King (drums); Matt Malneck (violin) Smith Ballew (vocals)]


Paul Whiteman




4. I'm Coming, Virginia


5. Singin' The Blues

[Perhaps the most famous recording - click here for Singin' The Blues with Frankie Trumbauer and his Orchestra in 1927: Frankie Trumbauer (c-melody sax); Bix Beiderbecke (cornet); Jimmy Dorsey (alto sax, clarinet); Bill Rank (trombone); Eddie Lang (guitar); Chauncey Morehouse (drums)] .



6. In A Mist

[One of the few recordings with Bix at the piano - Click here to listen to the track]



7. There Ain't No Land Like Dixieland To Me



Adrian Rollini




8. At The Jazz Band Ball

[Click here to listen to At The Jazz Band Ball from 1927]


Adrian Rollini






9. Thou Swell


10. There Ain't No Sweet Man That's Worth The Salt Of My Tears


11. Since My Best Gal Turned Me Down


12. There's A Cradle In Caroline



Frankie Trumbauer




13. Just An Hour Of Love


Frankie Trumbauer





14. Baby Won't You Please Come Home

[1929 with Frankie Trumbauer again and Baby Won't You Please Come Home - click here]


15. Trumbology



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