A Quiz On Jazz Chords

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A Quiz On Jazz Chords

Jazz is an era-defining genre of music. It originated in East America in the 1920's and was one of the most successful genres in the late-20th century. Jazz is generally soft music and accommodates brass instruments. The following quiz tests your knowledge of the gentle chords of the genre. Good Luck!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    What are the characteristics of cool jazz? Check all that apply...  
    • A. 

      Focus on Improvisation

    • B. 

      Attention to ensemble unity

    • C. 

      Focus on compositional quality

    • D. 

      Focus on solo insturmentation

  • 2. 
    What are instrumentation characteristics of cool jazz?
    • A. 

      Low to middle registers rather than highs

    • B. 

      High registers with little focus on low

    • C. 

      A blend of High, low, and middle registers

    • D. 

      None of the above

  • 3. 
    What rhythmic description best describes cool jazz?
    • A. 

      Fast tempos with aggressiveness

    • B. 

      Slow tempos to give it that "cool" feel

    • C. 

      Medium tempos with less aggressive sounds

    • D. 

      None of the above

  • 4. 
    What is the sound aesthetic of Bebop
    • A. 

      Soft dynamics, no vibrato, and a close association to the classical timbre

    • B. 

      Loud, fast, and steel timbre comparable to saxophones

    • C. 

      No winds, with a high value placed on string playing

    • D. 

      None of the above

  • 5. 
    How does cool jazz compare to bebop?
    • A. 

      Different harmonic complexity, medium tempo

    • B. 

      Same harmonic complexity, extreme tempo

    • C. 

      Different harmonic complexity, extreme tempo

    • D. 

      Same harmonic complexity medium tempo

  • 6. 
    True or False: Miles Davis believed bebop to be comparable to modern jazz, especially because of its reliance on improvisation.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 7. 
    What instrument did Lester Young play?
    • A. 

      Trumpet

    • B. 

      Tenor Saxophone

    • C. 

      Piano

    • D. 

      Bass

  • 8. 
    What instrument did Lennie Tristano play?
    • A. 

      Swagophone

    • B. 

      Piano

    • C. 

      Trumpet

    • D. 

      Cornet

  • 9. 
    What instrument did Claude Thronhill play?
    • A. 

      Bass

    • B. 

      Alto Saxophone

    • C. 

      Marimba

    • D. 

      Piano

  • 10. 
    Lester Young was most famous for
    • A. 

      Developing the key ideas for cool jazz chord structure style improv based on the pentatonic scale

    • B. 

      His cool tone, distinguishable by its light, airy, and laid-back feel

    • C. 

      Developing innovative styles of improv and founding the New School of Music in NY

    • D. 

      The distinguished noise and instrumentation of his band, which was said to use no vibrato

  • 11. 
    Lenny Tristano was most famous for:
    • A. 

      His cool tone, distinguishable by its light, airy, and laid-back feel

    • B. 

      The distinguished noise and instrumentation of his band, which was said to use no vibrato

    • C. 

      Developing the key ideas for cool jazz chord structure style improv based on the pentatonic scale

    • D. 

      Developing innovative styles of improv and founding the New School of Music in NY

  • 12. 
    Claude Thornhill was most famous for:
    • A. 

      Developing the key ideas for cool jazz chord structure style improv based on the pentatonic scale

    • B. 

      Developing innovative styles of improv and founding the New School of Music in NY

    • C. 

      The distinguished noise and instrumentation of his band, which was said to use no vibrato

    • D. 

      His cool tone, distinguishable by its light, airy, and laid-back feel

  • 13. 
    Which album is most widely recognized as the starting point for the cool jazz period?
    • A. 

      Birth of the Cool, 1934

    • B. 

      Birth of the Cool, 1967

    • C. 

      Birth of the Cool, 1949

    • D. 

      Birth of the Cool, 1959

  • 14. 
    Which Musicians were featured in this recording?
    • A. 

      Dave Brubeck

    • B. 

      Miles Davis

    • C. 

      Chuck Mangione

    • D. 

      G Evans

    • E. 

      Kenny G

    • F. 

      Michael Brecker

    • G. 

      G Mulligan

    • H. 

      Louis Armstrong

  • 15. 
    In which band did many of the previous leading musicians play before collaborating on the Birth of Cool sessions?
    • A. 

      Lester Young Orchestra

    • B. 

      Lennie Tristano Orchestra

    • C. 

      Miles Davis Orchestra

    • D. 

      Claude Thornhill Orchestra