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This Month's Quiz Answers



November 2020




Brain Workout

This month we challenged you with 15 questions to exercise your little grey cells. How did you get on?


Who is this


The quiz answers are below ....

Don't forget to check your score


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



[Click here for a video of Ben Webster playing Chelsea Bridge in 1964 with Stan Tracey - piano; Ricky Laird - bass; Jackie Doogan - drums]




Your Score

15 + correct - Makin' Whoopee
12 - 14 correct - Thou Swell
8 - 11 correct - I'm Beginning To See The Light
4 - 7 correct - Undecided
1 - 3 correct - You're Driving Me Crazy




Here are the answers


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

Answer: Johnny Hodges



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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.'

Answer: Carla Bley

[Click here for a video of Carla Bley and Steve Swallow playing Lawns in 2008]




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.

Answer: Artie Shaw


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.

Answer: Out To Lunch (Eric Dolphy); Maiden Voyage (Herbie Hancock), Speak No Evil (Wayne Shorter).



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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.

Answer: Tal Farlow

[Click here for a video of Tal Farlow playing Misty]







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

Answer: Keith Smith



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?

Answer: Ascenseur Pour l'Échafaud (Lift to the Scaffold)



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

Answer: Scott Joplin



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

Answer: Keith Jarrett






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?

Answer: Denmark



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

Answer: John Lewis



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?

Answer: Mr Bill 'Bojangles' Robinson



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?

Answer: Bridge


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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?

Answer: W.C. Handy






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?

Answer: Anat Cohen (saxophone and clarinet).

[Click here for a video of the three Cohens in 2012 playing Duke Ellington's The Mooche]



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