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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?
Atlanta, Georgia
Baltimore, Maryland
New York City
Washington, D.C.

Question 2:


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

Question 3:


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

Question 4:


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

Question 5:


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

Question 6:


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

Question 7:


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

Question 8:


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

Question 9:


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

Question 10:


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

 


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