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This Month's Quiz Answers



June 2019





This month we gave you the names of fifteen tunes dedicated to or named for people, places or things - could you identify who or what they referred to?


Who is this

The answers are below ....

Don't forget to check your score.

Give yourself an extra point if you were able to complete the missing name of the person in this song :

And the moon on high, baby, 
Knows the reason why: 
Sweet Sue - is you!

No one else it seems, 
Ever shared my dreams, 
Without you I don't know what I'd do.

In this heart of mine, 
You live all the time, 
Ooh, Sue - just you!

(From Sweet Sue, Just You by Victor Young / Will Harris)



Your Score

15 + correct - Jumpin Jack Flash
10 - 14 correct - Johnny B Goode
8 - 11 correct - Oh Mary, Don't You Weep
4 - 7 correct - East St Louis Toodle-oo
1 - 3 correct - Alice Blue Gown




Here are the answers


1. U.M.M.G. - What was the UMMG?

Answer: Billy Strayhorn's composition referring to the practice of Duke Ellington's personal physician at the Upper Manhatten Medical Group.




Rose Room poster




2. Rose Room - Where was the Rose Room?

Answer: Also known as In Sunny Roseland the tune was composed by bandleader Art Hickman after the Rose Room in the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco where his band was playing at the time.

[Click here for our page on Rose Room]






3. In Walked Bud - Who was 'Bud'?

Answer: Composed by Thelonious Monk the tune was dedicated to fellow pianist Bud Powell



4. King Porter Stomp - Who was 'King Porter'?

Answer: Jelly Roll Morton first recorded the number in 1923 as a piano solo, but did not file a copyright on the tune until 1924. Morton said that he had actually written the tune almost 20 years earlier, and that it was named after his friend and fellow pianist Porter King.

[Click here for some archive video of the Dutch Swing College Band playing King Porter Stomp in 1970]



5. Pennsylvania 65000 - What was this the number for?

Answer: Hotel Pennsylvania's Cafe Rouge in New York City. The hotel's telephone number, PEnnsylvania 6-5000, inspired the Glenn Miller 1940 hit.



6. Fables Of Faubus - Who was 'Faubus'?

Answer: This tune was wriiten by Charles Mingus explicitly as a protest against Arkansas Governor Orval E. Faubus who in 1957 sent out the National Guard to prevent the integration of Little Rock Central High School by nine African American teenagers.

[Click here for our page on the Fables Of Faubus]




7. Moose The Mooche - Who was 'Moose The Mooche'?

Answer: Written by Charlie Parker, it is thought that the tune is named after Emry "Moose the Mooche" Byrd who sold Parker drugs for several years.



8. Stompin’ At The Savoy - What was the Savoy?

Answer: The Savoy Ballroom was a large ballroom for music and public dancing located at 596 Lenox Avenue, between 140th and 141st Streets in Harlem.



9. I Remember Clifford - Who was 'Clifford'?

Answer: Written by saxophonist Benny Golson, this was a tribute to trumpeter Clifford Brown (Brownie) who died in a car accident at the age of 25.

[Click here for a video of Roy Hargrove on flugelhorn playing I Remember Clifford]



10. Jumpin' With Symphony Sid - Who was 'Symphony Sid'?

Answer: Sid Torin, an American radio disc jockey who promoted jazz, and in particular bebop through his radio shows.

[Click here for our page on Jumpin' With Symphony Sid]







11. Pannonica - Who was 'Pannonica'?

Answer: Baroness Kathleen Annie Pannonica de Koenigswarter (née Rothschild), a British-born jazz patron of jazz who befriended a number of bebop musicians including Thelonious Monk who named this composition after her.







12. Bag’s Groove - Who was 'Bags'?

Answer: Composer vibraphonist Milt Jackson whose nickname was "Bags". His quintet first recorded by the tune for Blue Note records on April 7, 1952.


13. Birk’s Works - Who was 'Birks'?

Answer: John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie. It was written by Gillespie in 1951 and also released as the title of a 1957 album by his big band.

[Click here for a video of Dizzy Gillespie playing Birk's Works in 1981 with Ray Brown on bass]



14. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat - Who was 'Pork Pie Hat'?

Answer: Charles Mingus wrote the tune in memory of saxophonist Lester Young, who had died two months prior to the recording session of the Mingus album Mingus Ah Um. Lester Young regularly wore a pork pie hat.



15. Relaxin’ At Camarillo - What was Camarillo?

Answer: Camarillo State Hospital in Ventura County, California, where the tune's composer, saxophonist Charlie Parker stayed after serving a prison term for arson and resisting arrest.



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