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Monday Jazz Quiz #23

Born Norma Egstrom in 1920, this singer was so scared during her first recording session that her boss, Benny Goodman, was encouraged to fire her. Goodman recognized her talent and kept her. Who is Norma Egstrom?

Anita O day

Billie Holiday

Doris Day

Lena Horne

Peggy Lee

June Christy

Jo Stafford

Mildred Bailey
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Monday Quiz Show #20

When this bandleader temporarily retired in 1936, key members of his band became the nucleus of the first Woody Herman Orchestra. Who is he?

Charlie Barnet

Isham Jones

Dick Jurgens

Horace Heidt

Skinnay Ennis

Jimmy Dorsey

Charlie Spivak

Fred Waring

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Monday Quiz Show #19

Her 1920 recording of “Crazy Blues” for Okeh was the first blues song recorded by an African American singer. Who is she?

Ethel Waters

Bessie Smith

Mamie Smith

Josephine Baker

Ma Rainey

Ida Cox

Sippie Wallace
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Monday Quiz Show #18

This west coast-based musician was a hot tenor of the forties who appeared in many of the top jam sessions during his era, including “The Duel,” with Dexter Gordon. Who was he?

Wardell Gray

Jimmy Giuffre

Buddy Collette

Bob Cooper

Teddy Edwards

Richie Kamucka

Zoot Sims

Lucky Thompson
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Monday Quiz Show #17

This sultry singer experienced significant popularity during the 1950’s and 1960’s, appeared in film and on television, and was once married to TV’s “Joe Friday.” Who is she?

June Christie

Julie London

Betty Roche

Dinah Washington

Chris Connor

Anita O’Day

Rosemary Clooney

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Monday Quiz Show #16

This vocalist’s recording of “My Blue Heaven” was considered the top-selling recording of all-time prior to 1942, when Bing Crosby recorded “White Christmas.” Who was he?

Ray Anthony

Gene Austin

Bing Crosby

Cliff Edwards

Red Allen

Fats Waller

Jack Teagarden

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Monday Quiz Show #15

Before working with Woody Herman (and eventually marrying his singer Frances Wayne), this renowned composer/arranger contributed arrangements to Earl Hines’ big band, and subsequently played trumpet with, among others, Charlie Barnet, Horace Heidt and Charlie Spivak. Who was he?

Gil Evans

Pete Rugolo

Neal Hefti

Bill Holman

Benny Golson

Gerry Mulligan

Bob Brookmeyer

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Monday Quiz Show #14

What was the first jazz LP to sell one million copies?

Miles Davis, Kind of Blue

John Coltrane, Giant Steps

Dave Brubeck, Time Out

Charles Lloyd, Forest Flower

Bill Evans, Waltz for Debby

Duke Ellington and His Orchestra, featuring Mahalia Jackson, Black, Brown and Beige […] Continue reading »