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Jazz Quiz

Take this quiz to test your knowledge on jazz music.

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Take this quiz to test your knowledge on jazz music.

1. Jazz emerged in what has been called America's most musical city:

  • Memphis
  • New Orleans
  • Chicago

2. The most famous jazz nightclub in Harlem was called:

  • The Cotton Club
  • El Morocco
  • Studio 54

3. At the turn of the 20th century, the term "jazz" was used interchangeably with:

  • Swing
  • Blues
  • Ragtime

4. Who performed on the first jazz recording?

  • "Jelly Roll" Morton
  • Joseph "King" Oliver
  • The Original Dixieland Jazz Band

5. Known as "the Divine One," who won an amateur singing contest as a teenager and quickly became a leading jazz vocalist?

  • Billie Holiday
  • Sarah Vaughan
  • Mamie Smith

6. By the 1880s, African-American ballads and songs sung by farmer workers, "field hollers," had evolved into the blues, an important influence on jazz. Who is the "Father of the Blues?"

  • "Blind" Lemon Jefferson
  • W. C. Handy
  • John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie

7. The Jim Crow laws fostered the development of jazz by forcing classically trained black musicians to perform in black clubs, where they imposed European techniques on the blues. The original Jim Crow was:

  • Alabama governor from 1880–1888, and author of the first Jim Crow law.
  • A minstrel character
  • A civil rights worker lynched in Mississippi in 1881

8. In the 1930s, clarinetist Benny Goodman helped popularize what type of jazz?

  • Bop
  • Swing
  • Afro-Latin

9. In 1997, the jazz composition "Blood on the Fields" became the first non-classical piece to win a Pulitzer Prize in music. Who composed it?

  • Tito Puente
  • Joshua Redmond
  • Wynton Marsalis

10. Considered the greatest female blues vocalist of the 1920s, who was the "Empress of the Blues?"

  • Bessie Smith
  • Gertrude "Ma" Rainey
  • Billie Holiday

1. Jazz emerged in what has been called America's most musical city:
New Orleans

2. The most famous jazz nightclub in Harlem was called:
The Cotton Club

3. At the turn of the 20th century, the term "jazz" was used interchangeably with:
Ragtime

4. Who performed on the first jazz recording?
The Original Dixieland Jazz Band

5. Known as "the Divine One," who won an amateur singing contest as a teenager and quickly became a leading jazz vocalist?
Sarah Vaughan

6. By the 1880s, African-American ballads and songs sung by farmer workers, "field hollers," had evolved into the blues, an important influence on jazz. Who is the "Father of the Blues?"
W. C. Handy

7. The Jim Crow laws fostered the development of jazz by forcing classically trained black musicians to perform in black clubs, where they imposed European techniques on the blues. The original Jim Crow was:
A minstrel character

8. In the 1930s, clarinetist Benny Goodman helped popularize what type of jazz?
Swing

9. In 1997, the jazz composition "Blood on the Fields" became the first non-classical piece to win a Pulitzer Prize in music. Who composed it?
Wynton Marsalis

10. Considered the greatest female blues vocalist of the 1920s, who was the "Empress of the Blues?"
Bessie Smith

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