Can Match the Jazz Musician to Their Instrument?

By: J.P. Naomi
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Can Match the Jazz Musician to Their Instrument?
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Get a load of this riff! Think you have what it takes to match the jazz musician to the instrument they play? Take this quiz to test your jazzy knowledge now!
What instrument did Louis Armstrong play?
Drums
Double Bass
Trumpet
Louis Armstrong was nicknamed "Satchmo," "Satch," or "Pops." He died of a heart attack in 1971 at the age of 69.
Violin

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Charlie Parker played the ________.
Piano
Violin
Alto Sax
Charlie Parker was born on August 29, 1920 in Kansas City, Kansas. He was known as "Yardbird" or "Bird."
Trombone

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John Coltrane was known for playing the _______.
Piano
Tenor Sax
John William Coltrane was known simply as "Trane." He worked alongside greats Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk.
Drums
Guitar

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Not just a scat singer, Dizzy Gillespie played the _______.
Baritone Sax
Trumpet
John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie was born on October 21, 1917. He played the genres of Jazz, Bebop and Afro-Cuban Jazz.
Violin
Clarinet

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Which instrument felt right at home with Thelonius Monk?
Piano
Thelonious Sphere Monk was born on October 10, 1917. He was known for his unique improvisational style.
Drums
Harmonica
Double Bass

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Name the instrument played by Charlie Mingus.
Drums
Piano
Bass
Charles Mingus Jr. was born on April 22, 1922. He died at the age of 56 in Cuernavaca, Mexico.
Violin

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Lester Young not only played the trumpet, but also the ________.
Drums
Double Bass
Tenor Sax
Lester Willis Young was known as "Pres" or "Prez." He occasionally played the clarinet as well.
Acoustic Guitar

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Coleman Hawkins was known for playing the ______.
Tenor Sax
Coleman Randolph Hawkins was born on November 21, 1904. He was sometimes referred to as "Hawk" or "Bean."
Harmonica
Vocals
Clarinet

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Miles Davis was a ______ player.
Piano
Double bass
Vibraphone
Trumpet
Miles Dewey Davis III was born on May 26, 1926. He left The Julliard School to make his professional debut in Charlie Parker's bebop quintet.

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At which instrument did Art Blakey excel?
Tenor Sax
Drums
Born Arthur Blakey, he converted to Islam and became known as Abdullah Ibn Buhaina.
Violin
Harmonica

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Ornette Coleman was known for playing the ________.
Drums
Bass
Electric Guitar
Alto Sax
Ornette Coleman was born Randolph Denard Ornette Coleman on March 9, 1930 in Fort Worth, Texas.

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Name the instrument played by Benny Goodman.
Electric Guitar
Trombone
Clarinet
Benjamin David Goodman was born on May 30, 1909. He was known as the "King of Swing."
Drums

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Which of the following jazz artists did NOT play the guitar?
Peter Bernstein
Art Pepper
Art Pepper played the clarinet and the alto sax, not the clarinet.
Howard Alden
Kurt Rosenwinkel

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Bill Evans played the tenor sax and could also be found playing the ________.
Guitar
Baritone Sax
Piano
William John Evans was born in Plainfield, New Jersey on August 16, 1929. He died in 1980 at the age of 51.
Trombone

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Art Tatum played this instrument like an art form...
Clarinet
Piano
Arthur Tatum, Jr. was born on October 13, 1909. He is widely acknowledged as the greatest jazz pianist of all time.
Trumpet
Trombone

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Which instrument was Clifford Brown known for playing?
Tenor Sax
Electric Guitar
Trumpet
Clifford Brown was known as "Brownie." He died in a car crash at the age of 25 and left behind only four years of amazing jazz recordings.
Drums

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Stan Getz was well known for playing the _______.
Harmonica
Tenor Sax
Stanley Gayetski was born on February 2, 1927. He was known as "The Sound" because of his warm, lyrical tone.
Violin
Trumpet

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Which of the following did NOT play the flute?
Eric Dolphy
James Moody
Lee Morgan
Like many other jazz musicians, Lee Morgan played the trumpet.
Frank Wess

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Sarah Vaughan's instrument of choice was...
Alto Sax
Her Voice
Sarah Lois Vaughan was born on March 27, 1924. She was known as "Sassy," "The Divine One" and "Sailor."
Vibraphone
Harmonica

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Bud Powell was a whiz at the _______.
Barritone Sax
Tenor Sax
Clarinet
Piano
Earl Rudolph "Bud" Powell died at the age of 41 in New York. He was a leading figure in the development of the modern jazz style known as bebop.

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Which instrument did Sonny Rollins play?
Electric Guitar
Harmonica
Tenor Sax
Walter Theodore Rollins was born on September 7, 1930 in New York City. He was also known as "Newk" and "Colossus."
Drums

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Name the instrument Django Reinhardt is remembered for playing.
Clarinet
Guitar
Jean Reinhardt was born on January 23, 1910, in Belgium. He wrote nearly 100 songs and is regarded as one of the greatest musicians of the 20th century.
Flute
Trumpet

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He not only played the tenor sax, but Wayne Shorter also played the ______.
Soprano Sax
Wayne Shorter was born on August 25, 1933. He has won 10 Grammy Awards and is still active.
Trombone
Trumpet
Clarinet

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Which instrument did jazz great Rahsaan Roland Kirk play?
Drums
Flute
Ronald Theodore Kirk was born on August 7, 1935. He played many jazz instruments, including tenor saxophone, clarinet, and keyboards.
Violin
Horn

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Which of the following jazz artists did NOT play the drums?
Joey Baron
Kenny Washington
Fred Hersch
Fred Hersch was born on October 21, 1955 and was the first person to play week-long engagements as a solo pianist at New York City's Village Vanguard.
Joe Farnsworth

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Dave Brubeck played the ________.
Violin
Piano
David Warren Brubeck was born on December 6, 1920 in Concord, California. He lived a long life of jazz, and died in 2012 at age 91.
Clarinet
Drums

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Eric Dolphy played not only the alto sax, but the _____ as well.
Clarinet
Eric Dolphy was born on June 20, 1928 and died in 1964 at age 36.
Guitar
Drums
Soprano Sax

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For which instrument is Oscar Peterson remembered?
Tenor Sax
Piano
Oscar Peterson was born on August 15, 1925. Duke Ellington once called him the "Maharaja of the keyboard."
Alto Sax
Clarinet

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Which of the following did NOT play the piano?
Paul Bley
George Duke
Artie Shaw
Artie Shaw is remembered for playing the clarinet.
Herbie Hancock

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________ player Charlie Christian had jazz in his heart.
Piano
Drums
Guitar
Charlie Christian died on March 2, 1942, at age 25, after contracting tuberculosis in the late 1930s.
Violin

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Ben Webster is remembered for his talent playing the _______.
Clarinet
Flute
Tenor Sax
Benjamin Francis Webster was born on March 27, 1909. He is considered one of the three most important 'swing tenors.'
Drums

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Do you know which instrument Wes Montgomery played?
Drums
Guitar
John Leslie "Wes" Montgomery was born on March 6, 1923. He died at the age of 45, though surely left his mark on jazz.
Tenor Sax
Flute

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Which of the following did NOT play the drums?
Shelly Manne
John McLaughlin
John McLaughlin was a jazz guitar player.
Billy Higgins
Joe Chambers

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Herbie Hancock - master of the ________.
Harmonica
Violin
Piano
Herbert Jeffrey Hancock was born on April 12, 1940 in Chicago, Illinois. He can also play the keyboard, organ, clavinet, keytar and vocoder.
Trumpet

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What type of sax did Sidney Bechet play?
Barritone
Alto
Tenor
Soprano
Sidney Bechet was born in New Orleans on May 14, 1897. He was one of the first soloists in jazz, and even beat Louis Armstrong to the recording studio by several months.

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