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Great Keyboard Players

written by: ssofranko
Keyboards (piano, organ, synthesizer, clavinet, etc.) are important parts of modern music. Do you know some of the great keyboard players?

Question 1:

This influential pianist, one of the creators of the "Cool" jazz, explored modal jazz with Miles Davis and John Coltrane before forming his own trio.
McCoy Tyner
Jimmy Smith
Herbie Hancock
Bill Evans

Question 2:

Name the fluid piano player who replaced founding member Ron "Pigpen" McKernan in the Grateful Dead.
Keith Godchaux
Bruce Hornsby
Vince Welnick
Brent Mydland

Question 3:

Who is the whiz-kid organ and keyboard player considered by many to be the "Fifth Beatle"?
Billy Preston
Nicky Hopkins
Elton John
Ian Stewart

Question 4:

Who is the talented keyboard player that replaced Mark Parrish in the Dixie Dregs in 1979?  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)

Question 5:

Instead of replacing guitarist Duane Allman (who died in a motorcycle accident in 1971) with another guitarist, the Brothers added this great piano player.
Johnny Neel
Nicky Hopkins
Chuck Leavell
Leon Russell

Question 6:

Who is the keyboard player/ leader of Return to Forever?
Rick Wakeman
Herbie Hancock
Chick Corea
Jan Hammer

Question 7:

This amazing jazz organist is also known for his trumpet playing, and often plays both instruments at the same time. Born in 1971, he was just seventeen when he joined Miles Davis' band.  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)

Question 8:

Which piano and organ player was a "key" part of the sound of Vermont-based band Phish?
Kyle Hollingsworth
John "JoJo' Hermann
Page McConnell
John Medeski

Question 9:

This eccentric jazz piano player, known for his impromptu, unpreconceived, and completely improvised performances, got his start as a member of the Charles Lloyd Quartet.
Herbie Hancock
McCoy Tyner
Keith Jarrett
Chick Corea

Question 10:

What keyboardist, who toured with artists such as Traffic and Bob Seger, was a noted session artist in Muscle Shoals, Alabama?
Barry Beckett
Jimmy Johnson
David Hood
Roger Hawkins


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