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Duke Ellington

written by: shimonbentzvi
 
This quiz focuses on the life and work of jazz composer, pianist, and bandleader Duke Ellington.

Question 1:


Duke Ellington was born on April 29, 1899 in which city?
New York City
Baltimore, Maryland
Atlanta, Georgia
Washington, D.C.

Question 2:


This book, published in 1973, is Duke Ellington's autobiography.
Music Is My Mistress
Sir Duke
Ellington:In A Mellow Mood
The Duke From Baltimore

Question 3:


According to Duke Ellington's autobiography, his childhood dream was what?
To be a baseball player
To be an actor
To play the violin
To play the piano

Question 4:


Jazz musician Duke Ellington attended which high school?
West Union High School
Armstrong Manual Training School
Peebles High School
Grand Valley High School

Question 5:


In 1917, Duke Ellington formed his first music group, named what?
The Washingtonians
The Orioles
The Moochers
The Duke's Serenaders

Question 6:


In 1927, Duke Ellington and his band, The Washingtonians were offered a permanent job at which famous Harlem club?
The Savoy Ballroom
The Apollo
The Cotton Club
The Hollywood Club

Question 7:


This composer and pianist wrote "Take the A Train", which became the signature tune of Duke Ellington.
"Fats" Waller
"Fats" Navarro
Billy Strayhorn
Billie Holiday

Question 8:


Which of these is not a famous piece by Duke Ellington?
Mood Indigo
One O'Clock Jump
Such Sweet Thunder
Sophisticated Lady

Question 9:


Which of these prominent musicians did not play in Duke Ellington's orchestra?
Sonny Greer
Freddie Green
Harry Carney
Ray Willis Nance

Question 10:


Which statement, concerning the awards and honors received by Duke Ellington, is true?
He was awarded the Legion of Honor by France in 1973
He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom
All of these are true
A 22 cent commemorative stamp with his name and picture was issued in 1986

 


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