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Welcome to the Jazz Quiz
for November

Brain Workout

This month we challenge you with 15 questions to exercise your little grey cells.

Step in and see how you get on.


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Give yourself an extra point if you are able to solve this anagram of a Billy Strayhorn tune.



A link to the answers is at the bottom of the page - don't forget to check your score.




1. Duke Ellington composed Jeep's Blues for which member of his orchestra?



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2. Who is being described here: 'Lovella May Borg was born in Oakland, California, to Emil Borg, a piano teacher and church choirmaster, who encouraged her to sing and to learn to play the piano. After giving up the church to immerse herself in roller skating at the age of fourteen, she moved to New York at seventeen and became a cigarette girl at Birdland, where she met jazz pianist Paul Bley who encouraged her to start composing.'





3. Which swing clarinettist and bandleader was married eight times including to Hollywood actresses Lana Turner and Ava Gardner? He was the first white band leader to hire a full-time black female singer (Billie Holiday) to tour the segregated Southern United States.



4. In the 1960s, Trumpeter Freddie Hubbard played as a sideman on some of the most significant albums from that era, including the following albums, but under whose name was each of them released? Out To Lunch; Maiden Voyage; Speak No Evil.


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5. Which guitar player was nicknamed "Octopus" because of the way his large, quick hands spread over the fretboard? 'Where guitarists of his day combined rhythmic chords with linear melodies, (he) placed single notes together in clusters, varying between harmonically enriched tones. As music critic Stuart Nicholson put it, "In terms of guitar prowess, it was the equivalent of Roger Bannister breaking the four-minute mile." in 1949 when he played in a trio with Red Norvo and Charles Mingus.








6. Which British trumpeter led a band named 'Hefty Jazz'?



7. In October, The Guardian listed their opinion of '10 of the Best Film Soundtracks'. One of the ten was the soundtrack for a 1958 Louis Malle French movie by Miles Davis. What was the movie?




8. The 1973 movie The Sting starring Robert Redford and Paul Newman featured music by which jazz piano player / composer?




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9. Which pianist established his so-called 'Standards Trio' in 1983?







10. Saxophonist John Tchicai moved to New York City in 1963 and went on to play with Archie Shepp, John Coltrane and Albert Ayler, amongst others. What was his native country? Denmark, China or Poland?



11. Which member of the Modern Jazz Quartet composed the music for their tune Django dedicated to Django Reinhardt?



12. Blackbirds of 1928 became the most successful all-black show ever staged on Broadway at that time. It made household names of Adelaide Hall and which American tap dancer, actor, and singer, the best known and the most highly paid black American entertainer in America during the first half of the twentieth century?



13. What word links the string support for a guitar, an album by Sonny Rollins, and a section of a song that’s intended to provide contrast to the rest of the composition?



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14. The composer of Saint Louis Blues remembered, when deciding on the key for the tune: "It was the memory of that old gent who called figures for the Kentucky breakdown—the one who everlastingly pitched his tones in the key of G and moaned the calls like a presiding elder preaching at a revival meeting. Ah, there was my key—I'd do the song in G." Who was the composer?






15. Three Cohen siblings are all jazz musicians - Avishai Cohen: he plays trumpet: Yuval Cohen: he plays soprano saxophone ..... who is the third and what instrument does she play?




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