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This Month's Quiz Answers



October 2019




Given The Choice...

This month we challenged you with fifteen jazz-related questions where we gave you a choice from three possible answers. How many did you choose correctly?


Louis Armstrong and ?

Louis Armstrong and his adopted son.


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 :

'A country dance was being held in a garden
I felt a bump and heard an "Oh, beg your pardon"
Suddenly I saw polka dots and moonbeams
All around a pug-nosed dream ...'

(Polka Dots And Moonbeams by Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Burke)



Your Score

15 + correct - Spot On
12 - 14 correct - Hot Spot
8 - 11 correct - Spot Check
4 - 7 correct - On The Spot
1 - 3 correct - It'll never get better if you pick it.




Here are the answers


Alexanders Ragtime Band




1. Who was the composer of the tune 'Alexander’s Ragtime Band'? Was it Irving Berlin, Cy Coleman or Vernon Duke?

Answer: Irving Berlin







2. Whose early career was described by jazz historian Dave Gelly as “James Dean, Sinatra and Bix, rolled into one” – Clifford Brown, Lee Morgan or Chet Baker?

Answer: Chet Baker


3. The Long Shadow Of The Little Giant is the title of the biography of which UK saxophonist: Tubby Hayes, Ronnie Ross or Tony Coe?

Answer: Tubby Hayes

[Click here for a video of the Tubby Hayes Quartet with Jimmy Deuchar playing Suddenly Last Tuesday in 1965]



The Pheasantry



4. The Pheasantry, part of Pizza Express Live clubs, is located in which part of London: Knightsbridge, Soho or Chelsea?

Answer: Chelsea





5. What was the first name of Louis Armstrong’s adopted son? Was it: Honore, Clarence or Sterling?

Answer: Clarence

[Click here for more about Clarence Armstrong]



6. Seb Rochford is best known for playing which instrument – trombone, guitar or drums?

Answer: Drums

[Click here for a video of Seb Rochford and Polar Bear playing Be Free at the 2014 Mercury Prize Awards]


7. Which early jazz cornet / trumpet player and band leader is being described here? – Buddy Bolden, King Oliver or Freddie Keppard? : ‘(He) also had health problems, such as pyorrhea, a gum disease that was partly caused by his love of sugar sandwiches and it made it very difficult for him to play and he soon began delegating solos to younger players, but by 1935, he could no longer play the trumpet at all. (He) was stranded in Savannah, Georgia, where he pawned his trumpet and finest suits and briefly ran a fruit stall, then he worked as a janitor at Wimberly's Recreation Hall (526-528 West Broad Street).... (He) died in poverty "of arteriosclerosis, too broke to afford treatment" in a Savannah rooming house...’

Answer: King Oliver

[Click here to listen to King Oliver and his Creole Jazz Band playing Struggle Buggy .... i.e. the backseat of the car]

8. Which of these bands has a monthly residency at the Vortex Jazz Club in London – The London City Big Band, the Calum Gourlay Big Band or the National Youth Jazz Orchestra?

Answer: The Calum Gourlay Big Band


Chet Baker



9. Trumpeter Chet Baker did not die in America but in which European country – Belgium, the Netherlands or France?

Answer: the Netherlands (Amsterdam)






10. Trombonist Frankie Dusen took over Buddy Bolden’s band in New Orleans after Buddy collapsed and was admitted to a sanatorium. How did Frankie rename the band – the Onward Brass Band, the Superior Band or the Eagle Band?

Answer: the Eagle Band.

11. Who founded the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra in 1995 – Bobby Wellins, Tommy Whittle or Tommy Smith?

Answer: Tommy Smith

12. Who or what was NHØP? – A Norwegian jazz club, a Danish bass player or a tune by the Esbjörn Svensson Trio (e.s.t.)?

Answer: A Danish bass player - Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen commonly known as NHØP.

[Click here for a video of Niels Henning Ørsted-Pedersen and Ulf Wakenius playing a beautiful version of A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square - it starts with some stills before the video comes in]



Sidney Bechet


13. During the Depression, reeds player Sidney Bechet and trumpeter Tommy Ladnier opened a shop in Harlem. They were not really interested in business and so it didn’t last long. What sort of shop was it? – an off-licence, a musical instrument shop or a tailor’s shop?

Answer: A tailor’s shop




14. Which musician released the album The Shape Of Jazz To Come in 1959? – Thelonious Monk, Ornette Coleman or Eric Dolphy?

Answer: Ornette Coleman



15. Bass player Charlie Haden is reported to have said the following about another bass player. Who was he talking about? Percy Heath, George Morrow or Scott LaFaro? : ‘When I was in L.A., (he) and I roomed together. He would practice for hours: he had all these Sonny Rollins solos he had written out in bass clef! I remained close friends with (him) in New York, and would go over there to see and admire them, and (he) and Paul would come over to the Five Spot, too. When (he) was killed at age 25 (I was 24), I was devastated — I couldn't play for months.’

Answer: Scott LaFaro



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