Since my third CD is a Duke Ellington tribute, I thought it would
be fun to test your knowledge about Duke. This is a multiple choice
quiz and the answers appear at the bottom. Have fun and don’t
peek at the answers until you’re done! There will be new
quizzes from time to time on various jazz topics and personalities.
Stay tuned for more jazz trivia!
Composer, Pianist, Bandleader
April 29, 1899 - May 24, 1974
1. Where was Duke Ellington born?
A. Atlanta, GA
B. Columbus, OH
C. New Orleans, LA
D. Washington, DC
2. What is Duke’s given name?
A. George Martin Ellington
B. Edward Kennedy Ellington
C. Robert Jefferson Ellington
D. James Nelson Ellington
3. What is the name of the band Duke played with in late 1923
in New York City?
A. The New Yorkers
B. The New Swing Cats
C. The Washingtonians
D. The Hot Fives
4. From 1927-1931 Duke played at what famous club in Harlem?
A. The Cotton Club
B. The Blue Note
C. Duke’s Place
D. The Stardust Lounge
5. Which member of Duke’s orchestra along with the Delta
Rhythm Boys and singer, Joya Sherrill, wrote their famous theme
song, Take The “A” Train?
A. Johnny Hodges
B. Billy Strayhorn
C. Ben Webster
D. Cootie Williams
6. In 1930, Duke’s orchestra appeared in what Hollywood
A. Love in the Rough
B. Viennese Nights
C. Check and Double Check
D. The Cuckoos
7. In 1959, Duke wrote the film score for Anatomy of a
Murder. What famous singer collaborated with him on the theme
Gonna Go Fishin’?
A. Sarah Vaughn
B. Ella Fitzgerald
C. Peggy Lee
D. Anita O’Day
8. What style of jazz, which incorporated pseudo-African musical
effects, did trumpeter Bubber Miley and Duke Ellington make famous
in the 1920's and 30's?
9. What is the estimated number of compositions Duke wrote?
10. In 1971, Duke became the first jazz musician to be named a
member of what institution?
A. Julliard School of Music in New York City
B. The London School of Economics
C. Harvard University
D. The Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm
11. Which of the following innovations is representative
A. Use of the chalumeau register of the clarinet
B. Use of the trombone as a 4th voice added to an ensemble of 3 saxophones
C. Use of the voice (singing without text) as a jazz instrument
D. All of the above
12. What famous writer provided the lyrics for the Ellington song
Heart of Harlem in 1945?
A. Gwendolyn Brooks
B. Langston Hughes
C. James Baldwin
D. None of the above
Answers: 1) D; 2) B; 3) C; 4) A; 5) B; 6) C; 7) C; 8) A; 9) C;
10) D; 11) D; 12) B.