Jazz Medley - an amalgam of jazz chat and Quizzes

This page is a collection of anything that takes your fancy related to jazz organised by local jazz aficionado Reg Alteo.  If you'd like to add an item just let us know. These items are updated now and then.

July 2012: 

We all know the blues is associated with jazz but how about the reds?  Well, we’ve maybe heard of trumpeter Red Nichols on whom the book and film Boy with a Horn was based and maybe trumpeter Red Allen but are there any more jazz musicians called Red?   A quick look through my record collection, topped off with a Google search produced the list below.  Why red?  Not surprisingly perhaps, it’s mostly because they had red (ginger) hair. 

Reds in Jazz


Red Allen Henry Allen (t), born 7/1/1908, New Orleans. A major figure in jazz.

Red Callender (b, tuba), born 6/3/1916, Virginia. A major figure in jazz.

Red Garland (p), born 13/5/1923, Dallas, Texas

Guitar Red (g). Blues.  Currently working.

Red Holloway (as, ts, bars), born 31/5/1927, Arkansas.

Red Lasner Steve Lasner (g), born 5/7/1959 in Tampa Bay area.  Blues guitarist.

Lightning Red (g). Currently writing about and playing blues

Louisiana Red Iverson Minter (g), born 23/3/1932, Alabama.  Blues guitarist.

Red McKenzie William McKenzie (voc, paper/comb), born 14/10/1899, St. Louis.

Red Mitchell Keith Mitchell (b, p, voc), born 20/9/1927, New York. 

Red Nichols Ernest Loring Nichols (cnt, t), born 8/5/1905, Utah.

Red Norvo Kenneth Norville (xyl, vibes, bandleader), born 31/3/1908, Illinois.

Piano Red William Lee Perryman (p), born 19/10/1911, Georgia. Boogie style, brother or cousin of Speckled Red.

Reuben 'Red' Reeves (t, bandleader), born 25/10/1905, Indiana.

Gerald 'Red' Reeves (tm), brother of Reuben

Red Richards Charles Richards (p, voc), born 19/10/1912, New York.

Red Rodney Robert Chudnick (t), born 27/9/1927 in Philadelphia.

Speckled Red Rufus Perrymore (p), born 23/10/1892.  Boogie style, brother or cousin of Piano Red.

Tampa Red Hudson Woodridge (g), born 8/1/1904, Georgia.  Blues guitarist.

Trombone Red (tm)

Red Wootten (b).  Played with Tommy Dorsey, Woody Herman, Charlie Barnet, Red Norvo etc.


Then there’s:   Charles Redland (cl), Dewey Redman (reeds), Don Redman (reeds), Joshua Redman (ts), Alan Redd (dm), 

Chuck Redd (d, vib), Freddie Redd (p), Toni Redd (voc), Vi Redd (voc).


And some ‘red’ bands: The Redheads - one of Red Nichols’ bands, Red Hot Peppers - one of Jelly Roll Morten’s bands, Red Onion Jazz Babies - a Louis Armstrong band, Red Jazz Asymphony Orchestra - playing today, Red Jazz Trio - playing today, Redd Jazz - playing today, Red Onions which played in Melbourne in the 1950s. 



On another subject,

Ruby Braff was well-known for his irascibility.  When someone once wished him a Happy New Year he replied, “Don’t you tell me what kind of New Year to have.”  


August 2012:


Well, we’ve had the blues and reds in jazz, how about the greens?  There are plenty of them .... 


Greens In Jazz


Albert Green (ts), played with Roy Eldridge.

Andrew Green (g), contemporary. 

Barry Green (p), contemporary.

Benny Green (tm), born 16/4/1923 in Chicago.

Benny Green (p), born 4/4/1963 in New York.

Bert Green (dm), played with Freddie Keppard.

Bill Green Played sax with the Dorsey Brothers.

Charlie “Big’ Green (tm), one of Fletcher Henderson’s leading soloists.  Most well-known tune ‘Trombone Cholly’ with Bessie Smith. 

 Claude Green Played sax with Willie Bryant.

Chris Green (saxes), contemporary.

Dave Green (b), born in London 5/3/1942 and still playing in Europe.

Eddie Green (dm), recorded with Richard M. Jones.

Freddie Green (acoustic g), Count Basie’s metronomic rhythm man.

Grant Green (g)

Henry ‘Tucker’ Green (dm)

Jack Green (tb), played with Freddie Johnson.

Lenny Green (as), with Boyd Raeburn

Marcellus Green (tp), with Erskine Hawkins.

Mel Green (tp), with Stan Kenton

Russell Green (tp), with Jimmie Lunceford

Harry Greenberg (cl)                                                                                                                                                                                  Irv Greenberg Played sax with Georgie Auld.

Jack Greenberg Accompanied Ella Fitzgerald on sax.

Marty Greenberg (dm), with Muggsy Spanier.

Madeline Greene Vocalist with Earl Hines. 

Norman Green (tb), with Louis Armstrong.

Sherwood Green (b), contemporary

Shirley Greene (sax)

Surf Green (b), contemporary.

Charles Greenlea (tb), with Roy Eldridge.

Henry Greenwald (tp), with Bunny Berigan.


Don’t even think of Browns in Jazz - there are well over 50 of them! 

September/October 2012                                                                                              

A few quotes for your entertainment:

'There were so few people in the club to start with last Monday that we opened with ‘Tea for One’.'

                                                                                                             Ronnie Scott

'I saw James Moody at the Cork Jazz festival quite recently.  He said, ‘I’m going to play, "I can’t get started",’ and played one note.'

                                                                                                                 George Melly

'I always feel nervous watching the film ‘High Society’.  When Bing Crosby sings jazzy numbers he always flails his arms about.  In the ‘Now You Has Jazz’ number he comes within a whisker of knocking Louis Armstrong’s trumpet down his throat.'

                                                                                                      Humphrey Lyttelton

Zoot Sims was once asked by a reporter what it was like touring Russia with the Benny Goodman Orchestra.  Zoot replied, “Every gig with Benny is like playing in Russia.”

'Huddie Ledbetter, frequently known as Leadbelly, had a fairly murky past.  I can think of several crimes he committed, including murder twice and influencing Lonnie Donegan.'                                                                                                                                                                   George Melly

'You know, when a girl goes to Hollywood she doesn't have to marry Artie Shaw , it's optional.'                                             P.G. Wodehouse  [Artie Shaw was married 8 times.  However reed player and band leader Charlie Barnet married 11 times.]  

'A folk singer is someone who sings through his nose by ear.'         Diz Disley

'A folk singer is someone who stays in bed all day and goes out in the evening and sings work songs.'                            Benny Green

'Do you know the difference between a banjo and a trampoline?  You take your shoes off before you jump on a trampoline.                    Acker Bilk

'Do you know the difference between a ukelele and a banjo?  A banjo takes longer to burn.'                                    Campbell Burnap

'Over the years people have made fun of Glenn Miller's arrangements but actually, if you think about it, his music is much better than it sounds.'         Barney Kessel

'A bandleader I used to work for always announced any Glenn Miller number by saying, "You know Glenn Miller, he did the music for World War Two".'           Alan Elsdon

'Glen Miller should have lived on, his music should have died.                                                                                                                                                                                                             anon 

'I try to forget those records I made with Humphrey Lyttelton in the late 1940s because, even to this day, I meet people who ask for their money back.'                                                                                                                                                                               George Webb 

'But it was music and above all the exhilarating injection of jazz into tired souls that ignited the faltering heartbeat of the nation.'                                                                  Juliet Nicolson in her book about the aftermath of World War I, The Great Silence 

December 2012 

There's a story about Charlie Shavers being interviewed by the press in his London hotel room, when he pointed to the electric shaving point on the wall which was marked 'shavers only' and he said, "Wait till Eldridge gets a look at that."

Then there's the story about Eddie Condon lying face down on his bed in another London hotel room, while conducting an interview with the press.  After a few muffled comments in answer to questions the press asked him if he could turn over so they could hear him more clearly.  He replied, "I ain't no athlete."

January 2012

Singers and Musicians are some of the most driven, courageous people on the face of the earth. They deal with more day-to-day rejection in one year than most people do in a lifetime. Every day, they face the financial challenge of living a freelance lifestyle, the disrespect of people who think they should get real jobs, and their own fear that they'll never work again. Every day, they have to ignore the possibility that the vision they have dedicated their lives to is a pipe dream. With every note, they stretch themselves, emotionally and physically, risking criticism and judgment. With every passing year, many of them watch as the other people their age achieve the predictable milestones of normal life - the car, the family, the house, the nest egg. Why? Because musicians and singers are willing to give their entire lives to a moment - to that melody, that lyric, that chord, or that interpretation that will stir the audience's soul. Singers and Musicians are beings who have tasted life's nectar in that crystal moment when they poured out their creative spirit and touched another's heart. In that instant, they were as close to magic, God, and perfection as anyone could ever be. And in their own hearts, they know that to dedicate oneself to that moment is worth a thousand lifetimes.”

- David Ackert, LA Times - Selected by Kip Tipuna

 Some More Jazz Stories

On a tour of Europe with Chet Baker, Chet wanted Zoot to meet the son of Benito Mussolini, who happened to be Italy’s best jazz artist. Chet prompted Zoot to please say something nice when being introduced to him. While shaking the hand of the infamous leader's son Zoot said, "Sorry to hear about your Dad."

Lester Young had hired a drummer who wasn't playing what he wanted to hear. During a break, the drummer tried making conversation:  "Say, Prez, when was the last time we worked together?"  "Tonight," Lester sighed.

 I like this one, where Stan Getz was playing at Ronnie Scotts club in London. One afternoon a friend of Ronnie Scott enquired as to the well being of Ronnie. Ronnie replied that he had terrible back ache, his friend then went on to ask to how he injured himself. Ronnie replied that he had been bending over backwards to keep Stan Getz happy

 Phil Woods tells some great anecdotes about Al Cohn on the album "Unheard Herd" (Al was a bit of a drinker).

 Al in Copenhagen:

"Al, have you tried the Elephant beer?"                                                                                                               "No man, I drink to forget."

 Watching a baseball game:

"Al, what's the score?"         "9-2"

"Who's winning"          "9"


 "Mr. Cohn, I love your music. I'm into jazz too."                                                           

"Really young lady, what do you do?"                           

"I'm a scat singer"                      

"Jazz or classical?"


 We thought you might like to test your mettle on some jazz quizzes that will be added to occasionally.  The answers are below. Enjoy!


Jazz Quiz 1

1. Two different trombonists played in Louis Armstrong's session band the Hot Five.  Fred Robinson was one, who was the other?

2. Who was the trombonist who played in all of the Louis Armstrong's Hot Seven recordings? 

3. Fletcher Henderson led many bands in the 1920s and 30s.  He was often joined by his brother on piano.  What was his brother's name

4. Later, Fletcher Henderson was a staff arranger, and for a short time in 1939 pianist, for whom? 

5. What British trumpeter born in 1908 led a band he called his Georgians? 

6. Who, according to Lester Young, "let you know there was a tenor saxophone in jazz" and who died in 1969 worn thin from a permanent diet of lentil soup and whisky? 

7. Who was the first instrumentalist to win two simultaneous Grammy awards in the categories 'Best jazz soloist' and 'Best classical music soloist with an orchestra'? 

8. Which jazz soprano saxophonist was deported from both Britain and France? 

9. What two instruments did Ravi Coltrane, son of John and Alice, mostly play?

10. Which British trumpeter famously jumped ship in Mobile, Alabama and took a Greyhound bus to New Orleans to sit in with such old masters as George Lewis and Emile Barnes? 

11. Who wrote Riverboat ShuffleHong Kong Blues and Rockin' Chair 

12. Who first recorded on piano, then violin and whose discography spanned over 60 years? 

13. Who began his career as a Vaudeville accompanist, later took over Bennie Moten's band and became the one who Time Magazine called America's greatest jazz musician? 

14. Who began assembling bands for dances in 1917, didn't write Take The A Train and later became the one who Time Magazine called America's greatest musician? 

15. Which trumpeter played from a window with the first Gerry Mulligan Quartet in 1952 and fell out of a another window to his death in 1988? 

16. Which trumpeter appeared on Art Blakey's first Jazz Messengers' recordings? 

17. Which was Chick Webb's greatest hit and who sang it? 

18. About whom, on entering the club where he was playing, did Fats Waller announce "God is in the house"? 

19. Which jazz band leader has had the most recordings in the British top 75 Hit Parade?

20. Who wrote Memphis BluesSt. Louis Blues and Beale Street Blues ?  

Jazz Quiz 2 - Composers

This quiz challenges you to name the writers of the following well-known jazz tunes.  Answers again on the Jazz Medley page.  Enjoy!

1. Yardbird suite 2. What is this thing called love?  

2. I didn't know what time it was 4. Giant steps     

5. When lights are low 6. Let's call the whole thing off     

7. North Atlantic run 8. Satin Doll     

9. Straight, no chaser  10. Take the A train     

11. The kid from red bank 12. King Porter stomp     

13. One o'clock jump 14. Jumping at the Woodside     

15. Daphne 16. Potato head blues     

17. Viper's drag 18. Birdland     

19. Lullaby of Birdland 20. Eurydice 

Jazz Quiz 3 - Nicknames

Given his or her nickname, we'd like you to give the name of the musician/singer.  We'd also like the instrument for which they are most famous.  Answers below.

1. Bean 2. Bags 3. Lady Day 4. Cannonball                  

5. Cleanhead 6. Dippermouth 7. The Groaner 8. Hot Lips           

9. Hootie 10. Jeru 11. Little Jazz 12. Ol' Blue Eyes              

13. Mr. Five by Five 14. The Professor 15. Pres 16. Rabbit                        

17. Swee' Pea 18. Tricky Sam 19. Bird 20. The Velvet Frog  


 Jazz Quiz 4 - Local Personalities

Try your memory on these questions about local jazz personalities.  Answers below.

1. Who featured on drums on Doug Caldwell's CD Brunching at the Ascot Park ?           

2. Who is the rose in the trio Rose 'n Thorns ?                                                                      

3. Who led the 10-piece band Soul Deep ?             

4. Who led Invercargill's In Walked Bud ?              

5. Who led the bass/guitar duo Equinox ?               

6. Who is the internationally known free-jazz pianist from Invercargill ?             

7. Who played in both The South City Slickers and Windjammers ?              

8. Who is the current musical director of the Crazy Rhythm Big Band ?             

9. Who played drums with the original Rusdikbil skiffle band ?           

10. Who led Southern Dixie ?             

11. Who led his own trio, played with The Crazy Rhythm Big Band and now lives in Nelson ?         

12. Who was the leading light of Invercargill's Blues Club ?           

13. Who, now deceased, played piano with Southern Dixie for many years ?           

14. Who played trumpet for a number of groups including In Walked Bud and now lives in Japan ?         

15. Which trombone virtuoso plays brass band, big band and small band jazz ?            

16. Who played box bass for a number of groups including Tatt's JazzRusdikbil and Windjammers ?         

17. Who played keyboard with The South City Slickers before moving to Queenstown where he played a part in  organising the South Island Jazz Festival ?         

18. Who played reeds for Southern Dixie and led The Crazy Rhythm Big Band for a number of years ?            

19. Who played drums for The Crazy Rhythm Big Band, percussion for Soul Deep and is a front line singer ?                                                                                                                                                                               20. Who played trombone for Southern Dixie ?

 And, the chance of some bonus points:

You can add a bonus point to your score for every different local two-generation family pairing you come up with.  That's father - son, mother - daughter and so on.  Only one per family, so if some local jazzer has two jazz-playing children that only counts for one bonus point.  You may be surprised at the potential number of points to add to your score!


Jazz Quiz 5 - British Trad Jazz

British trad jazz was and still is very popular in New Zealand with a number of bands modelling themselves on their British counterparts.  I am often surprised at the knowledge of the genre that New Zealanders have and this quiz tests your mettle on the subject (you know where to find the answers!).  The pop music charts referred to here are based on the top 75 best selling records compiled weekly since 1952.

1. Which British Trad band had the most hits in the British pop music charts?

2. Which other Trad band had a double figure number of hits in the charts? 

3. Which was the most successful Trad band, in terms of hit records, led by a trombonist? 

4. Who led the much acclaimed 'Crane River Jazz Band'?

5. Who led his 'Storyville Jazzmen'?

6. Which band had a hit with 'King Kong'?

7. The Chris Barber band had three hits but Barber only played on two of them.  Who led out on the other  occasion and what was the tune?

8. Which band, much admired by American audiences, had a hit with 'Tansy'?

9.  Who led the 'City Gents'?  They had a hit with 'Billy Boy'.

10. Who had his only hit with 'Bad Penny Blues' but was nevertheless a leading figure in British jazz?

11. Which Scottish band having the hit 'Peter and the Wolf' was led by a trombonist?

12. Which singer, author and journalist sang with Mick Mulligan's band and later John Chilton's?

13. Who sang with Chris Barber's band and later married him?

14.  Which banjo player recorded with Ken Colyer and Chris Barber and later had success in another genre?

15. Terry Lightfoot had a banjo playing brother.  What was his name?

16.  Which blues singer played washboard on Lonnie Donegan's big hit 'Rock Island Line'? 

17. Who played bass on this record?

18. With which band did Humphrey Lyttelton first record?

19. Chas McDevitt began his musical career playing banjo in a Trad band.  What was his biggest hit?

20. One other band, not referred to in any of the above, had a hit record.  It was called 'Swing that Hammer'. What was the name of the band? 


 Jazz Quiz 6

You might like to see if you know of jazz musicians with the same name.  This is perhaps more of an interest item than a quiz but you could give yourself two points for every pair of jazzers with the same name you find and four points for any two not on the list in the answers!  Just give the instruments they played and another fact to distinguish them.


Jazz Quiz 7

Here's another interest item rather than a quiz.  Barney Bigard was a jazz clarinetist  with the initials BB.  Can you think of any other jazz musicians with those initials?


Jazz Quiz 8

Over the years there have been a number of jazz numbers in the hit parade.  Your task here is to name the band or individual who recorded the hit.  In some cases there is a choice of answers, more marks go for the one that had the highest position in the American or British top 50 chart.  The year of each number is given.

1.         Hello Dolly (1964)                   2.         Fever (1958)

3.         Desafinado (1962)                  4.         Swinging Shepherd Blues (1966)

5.         Lazy River (1961)                    6.         Strangers In The Night (1966)

7.         Take Five (1961)                     8.         September In The Rain (1961)

9.         Buona Sera (1960)                  10.       Experiments With Mice (1961)

11.       Moonlight Serenade (1954)      12.       Lonesome ((1962)

13.       Skin Deep (1954)                    14.       Green Leaves Of Summer (1962)

15.       Chanson D’Amour (1977)         16.       Got My Mojo Working (1966)

17.       Hit The Road Jack (1961)         18.       My Baby Just Cares For Me (1987)

19.       Peter And The Wolf (1962)       20.       You’re Driving Me Crazy (1961) 

 Answers below.


Binary Quiz 

There are only two alternatives for the answers to these questions so pure guess work should net you 10 correct answers!

1.              Who was the first to record, Louis Armstrong or Bix Beiderbecke?

2.              Who had the first hit in the British top 20 charts, Mr. Acker Bilk or Kenny Ball?

3.              Who was the first to fuse and record Brazilian rhythms with jazz:, Stan Getz or Bud Shank?

4.              Two leading jazz trumpeters were killed by women at a young age.  One was Lee Morgan, the other Clifford Brown.  Which one was shot?

5.              Which of these two bands was the first to make a recording;  Jelly Roll Morton’s Red Hot Peppers or Louis Armstrong’s Hot Five?

6.              Who was the elder Dorsey brother Jimmy or Tommy?

7.              Which of these two was the first to record, Dizzy Gillespie or Charlie Parker?

8.              We know that Humphrey Lyttelton was a fine trumpeter.  He was also a bit of a virtuoso on which of clarinet or flute?

9.              Which of these two band leaders recorded first, Count Basie or Duke Ellington?

10.           True or False?  Gerry Mulligan played for a couple of years with the Dave Brubeck quartet after Paul Desmond left?

11.           Who recorded first, Fats Waller or Art Tatum?

12.           Which of these two bands had the most hits in the UK Top 50:  Chris Barber’s Jazz Band or the Temperance Seven?

13.           True or false?  When Stephane Grappelli made his first recording with Django Reinhardt he was playing violin.

14.           Did Lester Young play regularly with Duke Ellington or Count Basie?

15.           For a couple of years Ella Fitzgerald led a big band.  Was it Bunny Berigan’s or Chick Webb’s?

16.           Did Peggy Lee sing with Benny Goodman or Artie Shaw?

17.           Which clarinetist was known for playing extremely loudly, Buddy De Franco or Tony Scott?

18.           Did Bing Crosby play piano or drums in his high school band before taking up singing?

19.           Gil Evans and Bill Evans both played piano.  Who would be best described as composer, arranger, pianist rather than pianist, arranger, composer?

20.           Who was known as the ‘Mother of the Blues’, Bessie Smith or Ma Rainey? 

 Jazz Photo Quiz

A. The Americans

Do you recognise these American jazz musicians?  Answers below.

1.   2.  3.4.     

    5.  6. 7. 8.

  9.                                                   10. 


B.  The British 

How about these British jazz musos? 

   1. 2.3.      

    4.   5.  6.7.

  8.9.  10.

C.   The Europeans

Do you recognise these European jazzers?  Answers below.

   1.  2.  3.  4.                        

5. 6.7. 

8.                 9.           



Answers To Jazz Quiz 1 

1. Kid Ory 2. John Thomas 3. Horace Henderson 4. Benny Goodman

5. Nat Gonella 6. Coleman Hawkins 7. Wynton Marsalis 8. Sydney Bechet

9. Tenor, soprano sax 10. Ken Colyer 11. Hoagy Carmichael 12. Stephane Grappelli  

13. Count Basie 14. Duke Ellington 15. Chet Baker 16.  Kenny Dorham

17. A-Tisket, A-Tasket, Ella Fitzgerald 18. Art Tatum 19. Kenny Ball (with 14) 20. W. C. Handy 

(10 correct answers = good, 15 = wow! you're a jazz genius, well done!) 


Answers To Jazz Quiz 2 (Composers) 

1. Charlie Parker 2. Cole Porter 3. Rodgers and Hart 4. John Coltrane                    5. Benny Carter 6. George & Ira Gershwin 7. Gerry Mulligan 8. Duke Ellington   9. Thelonius Monk 10. Billy Strayhorn 11. Neil Hefti 12. Jelly Roll Morton

13. Bennie Moten 14. Count Basie 15. Django Reinhardt 16. Louis Armstrong   17. Fats Waller 18. Joe Zawinull 19. George Shearing et al 20. Wayne Shorter   (10 correct answers = good, 15 = wow! you're a jazz genius, well done!)  

Answers to Jazz Quiz 3 (Nicknames)

1. Coleman Hawkins (tenor sax) 2. Milt Jackson (vibes) 3. Billie Holiday (vocals)

4.   Julian Adderley (alto sax) 5. Eddie Vinson (alto sax) 6. Louis Armstrong (trumpet)               7. Bing Crosby (vocals) 8. Oran Page (trumpet) 9. Jay McShann (piano)   10. Gerry Mulligan (baritone sax) 11. Roy Eldridge (trumpet) 12. Frank Sinatra (vocals)                   13. Jimmy Rushing (vocals) 14. Benny Goodman (clarinet) 15. Lester Young (tenor sax)              

16. Johnny Hodges (alto sax) 17. Billy Strayhorn (composer) 18. Joe Nanton (trombone)          

19. Charlie Parker (alto sax) 20. Mel Tormé (vocalist).

(One each for a correct name and a correct instrument.  This is a simpler quiz than the earlier ones so:   

25 = good, 30 =  excellent, 35 = brilliant) 

Answers to Jazz Quiz 4 (Local Jazz Personalities)

1. John Husband 2. Anne Merrilees 3. Russell Davidson 4. Alastair Monteath   5. Ross Ogilvy 6. Sam Gray 7. Jimmy Kirkpatrick 8. Paul King   9. Richard Parsons 10. Trevor Tattersfield 11. Ashley Windsor 12. Marty Astone           13. Carel de Reeper 14. Brett Garrett 15. Ken Wellington 16. Bill Hainstock           17. Harvey Maguire 18. Bruce Chilton 19. Joe Setefano 20. Wayne Lee


And the bonus points:   Well, there's Bruce Chilton (keyboards/reeds) and daughter Melissa (reeds),  Jimmy Kirkpatrick (drums, reeds) and son Shaun (guitar, alto sax), Alastair Monteath (keyboards, trumpet), daughter Teresa (keyboards) and son Daniel (keyboards), Richard Parsons (drums) and son James (bass), Bill Hainstock (box bass), daughter Jody (reeds, vocals) and son Stephen (bass).  That's five bonus points.  There may be more - if you know of any PLEASE LET US KNOW.

(Local jazz buffs should be looking at scoring at least 15, probably 18.) 


Answers To Jazz Quiz 5 (British Trad Bands)

1. Kenny Ball's Jazzmen with 14 hits. 2. Mr. Acker Bilk's Paramount Jazz Band with 12 hits.

3. Chris Barber's Jazz Band. 4. Ken Colyer.

5. Bob Wallis. 6. Terry Lightfoot's New Orleans Jazzmen.

7. Monty Sunshine (clarinet) on Petite Fleur. 8. Alex Welsh.

9. Dick Charlesworth. 10. Humphrey Lyttelton.

11. The Clyde Valley Stompers. 12. George Melly.

13. Lonnie Donegan. 14. Ottilie Patterson.

15. Paddy. 16. Beryl Bryden.

17. Chris Barber. 18. George Webb's Dixielanders in 1947.

19. Freight Train. 20. Mike Cotton's Jazzmen.

(You should have double figures and over 15 if you rate yourself) 


Answers To Jazz Quiz 6 (Same names) - no particular order:

(This will be added to and corrected as information comes to hand) 

 John Smith - there are at least seven John Smiths in jazz:  One played banjo with Teddy Hill, Roy Eldridge, Frank Newton, Cab Calloway, Fats Waller and others.  John H. Smith (guitar) played with Mary Lou Williams and Kenny Dorham. The third John Smith (guitar) played with Stan Getz among others and wrote the song 'Walk Don't Run'. Another John Smith born in 1960 plays piano.  There's a John Smith who plays reeds, another who drums and finally (as far as I know) a jazz vocalist called John Smith.  

George Chisholm:  Both are British.  One played trumpet and emigrated to New Zealand where he lives in Auckland and played/recorded on trumpet.   The other George Chisholm plays trombone and was one of  the leading British players.

James Johnson:  James P. played stride piano, 'Jay Jay' played trombone. 

George Lewis:  One played Dixieland revivalist clarinet and the other ultra-modern trombone.

Benny Green: There have been at least three of them. The trombonist played with Earl Hines and Charlie Ventura.  The British tenor sax player hosted the very popular BBC radio show Jazz Score and another played hectic modern jazz piano with people like Archie Shepp. 

John Handy: An early jazz pioneer who played reeds with Kid Rena's band and another reed player who was with Charlie Mingus. 

Bill Harris: One played drums with the people like Sonny Rollins, Thelonius Monk and Freddie Hubbard, the other played trombone with Woody Herman and Charlie Ventura. 

David Jones:  One was the tenor player with Jones and Collins Astoria Hot Eight, the other was a reed player, mostly clarinet, who played with Kenny Ball.  A Sydney drummer with this name plays occasional jazz.

Willie Smith: There have been at least two of these - one played reeds with people like Jimmy Lunceford and Harry James.  Willie 'The Lion' Smith was a well-known stride pianist. 

Joe Thomas:  One played trumpet with Fletcher Henderson, Benny Carter and Teddy Wilson, the other played tenor sax and sang with Stuff Smith and Jimmie Lunceford. 

Joe Turner:  There were at least two in jazz.  One played piano, the other was a well-known blues singer. 

Louis Nelson:  One played clarinet with Kid Rena's Delta Jazz Band, the other trombone with Papa Celestin. 

Benny Goodman:  One was the famous clarinetist and band leader, the other played drums with Kenny Baker and Bruce Turner. 


I'd be very pleased to hear of any other others. 


Answers To Jazz Quiz 7 (Jazz musicians with initials B B) - no particular order:

Bill Bramwell:  British guitarist who played with, among others,  Freddie Randall, Al Fairweather  and Sandy Brown and who had a hit record with his Candid Camera Theme.

Billy Banks:  Titular head and vocalist with the Rhythmakers in which played Henry Red Allen and Fats Waller.

Bob Brookmeyer:  Valve trombonist who made great music with Gerry Mulligan and Jimmy Giuffre. 

Babe Bowman:  Trombonist with the Wingy Manone Orchestra in 1940.

Belmont Bose:  (aka Sterling Bose) who at various times played trumpet with Jean Goldkette, Ben Pollack, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman and Bobby Hackett.

Bill Beason:  The drummer who took over from Chick Webb when that bandleader died. 

Buddy Bolden:  Maybe the father of the jazz trumpet.  He never recorded but played in the early New Orleans style. 

Bix Beiderbecke:  Father of the soft, melodic trumpet style who famously recorded with Frankie Trumbauer.

Benny Bailey:  An often overlooked trumpeter who spent most of his career in Europe.

Billy Butterfield:  Another trumpeter who variously played with Claude Thornhill, Artie Shaw and Benny Goodman.    

Beryl Bryden:  British washboard player and blues singer who played oncLonnie Donegan's Rock Island Line

Barney Bates:  British pianist who played with, among others, Dick Charlesworth's City Gents. 

Bunny Berigan:  One of the giants of jazz.  A trumpeter who played with Tommy Dorsey and later Benny Goodman.     

Barney Bigard:  Another jazz giant, he played clarinet with Duke Ellington. 

Billy Bauer:  A modern guitarist who played variously with Fats Navarro and Lee Konitz, among others.       

Buster Bailey:  A fine clarinetist, he played among others with Fletcher Henderson and John Kirby. 

Bill Blue:  A reed player from Missouri who played with both Cab Calloway and Luis Russell. 

Bernard Bilk:  Otherwise known as Mr. Acker Bilk (clarinetist).

Blue 'Lou' Barker:  A Blues singer of the late 1930s.   

Bob Burnet:  A trumpeter and arranger who played on and off in Charlie Barnet's orchestra. 

Bish Bishop:  A drummer with many of the old masters such as Don Redman, Jimmy Noone and Jelly Roll Morton. 

Billy Burns:  Trombonist with Sam Wooding and Noble Sissle, later with Bill Coleman in Holland.

Biff Ballard:  A drummer with Cootie Williams and later Louis Armstrong. 

Burton Bales:  A pianist with Lu Watters and later Bob Scobey. 

Bobby Booker:  Trumpeter with Fess Williams.  Co-led the Carolina Stompers. 

Boyce Brown:  Reeds with Wild Bill Davison et al

Billy Bang:  Modern violinist who has played with the likes of Marilyn Crispell and Andrew Cyrille. 

Bob Barnard:  Australian trumpeter. 

Bill Berry:  Trumpeter and veteran of Duke Ellington's Orchestra. 

Brian Blade:  A modern drummer who has toured with Joshua Redman et al

Bobby Bradford:  Played trumpet with Ornette Coleman, among others. 

Bill Bruford:  British drummer who led his own band and later played with Django Bates et al.

Bill Brunskill:  British revivalist trumpeter who early on played with Cy Laurie. 


There are a lot aren't there!  I'd be pleased to hear of any others. 


Answers To Jazz Quiz 8

 Gain two points for every correct answer, one for the alternative answer that didn't reach such a high position in the charts.  The numbers in the brackets are the highest position that recording made.


1. Louis Armstrong (4)   [Frankie Vaughen (18), Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen (30), Bachelors (38), Frank Sinatra (47)] 

2. Peggy Lee (5)   [Helen Shapiro (38), McCoys (44)]

3. Stan Getz (11) [Ella Fitzgerald (38)]

4. Ted Heath (3) [Ella Fitzgerald (15)]

5. Bobby Darin (2), Small Faces (2)

6. Frank Sinatra (1)

7. Dave Brubeck (6) [Northside (40)]

8. Dinah Washington (35)

9. Acker Bilk and his Paramount Jazz Band (7) [Louis Prima (25)] 

10. Johnny Dankworth (7)

11. Glenn Miller Orchestra (12)

12. Chris Barber (27)

13. Duke Ellington (7) [Ted Heath (9), Stranglers (15)] 

14. Kenny Ball (7)

15. Manhattan Transfer (1)

16. Jimmy Smith (48)

17. Ray Charles (6)

18. Nina Simone (5)

19. The Clyde Valley Stompers (25)

20. The Temperence 7 (1)


Scores of over 30 are Excellent!  You should be getting over 20. 


Answers To Binary Jazz Quiz 

1.    Louis Armstrong.  He recorded with King Oliver's Creole Jazz band on 5th April 1923.  Bix first recorded with the Wolverines on 18th February 1924.

2.    Mr. Acker Bilk with Summerset in January 1960.  Kenny Ball's first top 20 hit was Samantha in February 1961.

3.    Bud Shank recorded with Laurindo Almeida in 1953.  It was not until 1962 that Stan Getz recorded bossa with Charlie Byrd.

4.    Lee Morgan aged 33.  Clifford Brown was driven to his death at the age of 25 by an unlicensed driver. 

5.    The Hot 5 in 1925.  The Red Hot Peppers first recorded in 1926.

6.    Jimmy was born 0n 29th February 1904, Tommy on 19th November 1905.

7.    Dizzy Gillespie with Teddy Hill's Orchestra in 1937.  Charlie Parker first recorded in 1938, with Jay McShann. 

8.    Clarinet.

9.    Duke Ellington made his record in 1923, Count Basie was later, in 1929.

10.  True.

11.  Fats Waller first recorded some piano solos in 1922.  It was 10 years later that Art Tatum got to the recording studio.

12.  The Temperence Seven with 4 .  Chris Barber had 3 hits.

13.  Stephane was playing piano while Django was on guitar - they were recording with Michel Warlop's Orchestra in 1934.

14.  Count Basie.

15.  Chick Webb's Orchestra on his death.

16.  Benny Goodman.

17.  Tony Scott.

18.  Drums. 

19.  Gil Evans was primarily known for his composing and arranging.  Bill Evans for his piano playing.

20.  Ma Rainey.  Bessie Smith was known as the Empress of the Blues.  


Answers To Photo Quizzes 

A. The Americans

1.   Benny Goodman   2.   Bix Beiderbecke   3.   Sonny Rollins   4.   Oscar Peterson   5.   Dizzy Gillespie   6.   Gerry Mulligan

7.   Joe Venuti   8.   Lionel Hampton   9.   Jack Teagarden   10.   Gene Krupa. 

B. The British   

1.   Acker Bilk   2.   Cleo Laine   3.   Chris Barber   4.   Lonnie Donegan   5.   Johnny Dankworth   6.   Humphrey Lyttelton

7.   Monty Sunshine   8.   Alex Welsh   9.   Victor Feldman   10.   Ronnie Scott. 

C. The Europeans 

1.   Django Reinhardt    2.   Jacques Loussier    3.   Stephane Grappelli   4.   Peter Schilperoort (Dutch Swing College Band)

5.   Alix Combelle   6.   Joe Zawinul   7.   Neils-Henning Orsted Pedersen   8.   Michel Legrand   9.   Papa Bue

10.   Toots Thielemans. 

Red Holloway  (as, ts, bars), born 31/5/1927, Arkansas.

Red Lasner Steve Lasner (g), born 5/7/1959 in Tampa Bay area.  Blues guitarist.

Lightning Red (g). Currently writing about and playing blues

Louisiana Red  Iverson Minter (g), born 23/3/1932, Alabama.  Blues guitarist.

Red McKenzie  William McKenzie (voc, paper/comb), born 14/10/1899, St. Louis.

Red Mitchell Keith Mitchell (b, p, voc), born 20/9/1927, New York. 

Red Nichols Ernest Loring Nichols (cnt, t), born 8/5/1905, Utah.

Red Norvo  Kenneth Norville (xyl, vibes, bandleader), born 31/3/1908, Illinois.

Piano Red William Lee Perryman (p), born 19/10/1911, Georgia. Boogie style, brother or cousin of Speckled Red.

Reuben 'Red' Reeves (t, bandleader), born 25/10/1905, Indiana.

Gerald 'Red' Reeves  (tm), brother of Reuben

Red Richards  Charles Richards (p, voc), born 19/10/1912, New York.

Red Rodney Robert Chudnick (t), born 27/9/1927 in Philadelphia.

Speckled Red  Rufus Perrymore (p), born 23/10/1892.  Boogie style, brother or cousin of Piano Red.

Tampa Red  Hudson Woodridge (g), born 8/1/1904, Georgia.  Blues guitarist.

Trombone Red (tm)

Red Wootten  (b).  Played with Tommy Dorsey, Woody Herman, Charlie Barnet, Red Norvo etc.


Then there’s:   Dewey Redman (reeds), Don Redman (reeds), Joshua Redman (ts), Chuck Redd (d, vib), 

Freddie Redd (p), Toni Redd (voc), Vi Redd (voc).


And some ‘red’ bands: Redheads - one of Red Nichols’ bands, Red Hot Peppers - one of Jelly Roll Morten’s bands, Red Jazz Asymphony Orchestra - playing today, Red Jazz Trio - playing today, Redd Jazz - playing today. 



On another subject,

Ruby Braff was well-known for his irascibility.  When someone once wished him a Happy New Year he replied, “Don’t you tell me what type of New Year to have.” 



Jazz & I - Peter Lenihan, April 2004

My first memory of perception of jazz was in the mid nineteen fifties. I was residing at a hostel in Christchurch when this strangely attractive music started up in an adjacent room. On investigation I found that a 45 rpm disc was playing "Chicago Breakdown" (Jelly Roll Morton) with Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra. I was instantly hooked on this style of jazz.

I started haunting the record shops although, as an impecunious student, my purchases were few. My first favourites were (of course!) Louis Armstrong’s Hot Fives & Sevens and I was greatly assisted for choice by the 1958 publication of "Recorded Jazz: A Critical Guide" by Rex Harris and Brian Rust, two English trad enthusiasts. Later, I acquired from my brother a copy of "Jazz" by Rex Harris which gives a vivid account of the evolution of jazz up to the time of publication, 1952.

Through the old Louis Armstrong records I discovered Sidney Bechet on a Clarence Williams record made in 1923. At this time he was playing a soprano sax which he obtained in 1919 while on a trip to Europe with Will Marion Cook’s orchestra.

Interestingly, I had the pleasure recently of listening to Jimmy Kirkpatrick playing his soprano sax. Afterwards I complimented him and mentioned that he must have been listening to Sidney Bechet records. He retorted that Bechet had actually played with him and his band for about an hour in Belfast after the war. That would make Jimmy one of the very few if not the only jazz player in NZ to have played alongside Bechet.

My next jazz discovery was Jelly Roll Morton via his famous Red Hot Pepper recordings first made in 1926. Even today, nearly eighty years later, these tracks are still thrilling to listen to. Other jazz favourites (in no particular order) are Bix Beiderbecke, Thomas "Fats" Waller, Duke Ellington (some of), Art Tatum and Bessie Smith.

I have been listening to ‘classic’ jazz for nearly fifty years and while I don’t play the records all that often these days, the attraction is still there. Take ‘Potato Head Blues’ by Louis Armstrong’s Hot Seven for instance; was there ever a better example of superbly integrated ensemble playing plus top solos by Louis and Johnny Dodds? Items such as this have stood the test of time and will be listened to as long as the world goes round.

Well, there it is. I’m stuck in the time warp (groove??) of classic jazz. Some would call me a dinosaur but I will be in there listening until my hearing fails me.

Peter Lenihan 

 August 2012:

 Well, we’ve had the blues and reds in jazz, how about the greens?  There are plenty of them .. 

 Greens in Jazz 


Albert Green                        (ts), played with Roy Eldridge.

Andrew Green                        (g), contemporary.

Barry Green                        (p), contemporary.

Benny Green                         (tm), born 16/4/1923 in Chicago.

Benny Green                        (p), born 4/4/1963 in New York.

Bert Green                        (dm), played with Freddie Keppard.

Bill Green                        Played sax with the Dorsey Brothers.

Charlie “Big’ Green            (tm), one of Fletcher Henderson’s leading soloists.  Most well-known tune                                                             ‘Trombone Cholly’ with Bessie Smith.

Claude Green                        Played sax with Willie Bryant.

Chris Green                        (saxes), contemporary.

Dave Green                        (b), born in London 5/3/1942 and still playing in Europe.

Eddie Green                        (dm), recorded with Richard M. Jones.

Freddie Green                        (acoustic g), Count Basie’s metronomic rhythm man.

Grant Green                        (g)

Henry ‘Tucker’ Green            (dm)

Jack Green                        (tb), played with Freddie Johnson.

Lenny Green                        (as), with Boyd Raeburn

Marcellus Green             (tp), with Erskine Hawkins.

Mel Green                        (tp), with Stan Kenton

Russell Green                        (tp), with Jimmie Lunceford

Harry Greenberg            (cl)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Irv Greenberg                        Played sax with Georgie Auld.

Jack Greenberg            Accompanied Ella Fitzgerald on sax.

Marty Greenberg            (dm), with Muggsy Spanier.

Madeline Greene            Vocalist with Earl Hines.

Norman Green                        (tb), with Louis Armstrong.

Sherwood Green            (b), contemporary

Shirley Greene                        (sax)

Surf Green                        (b), contemporary.

Charles Greenlea            (tb), with Roy Eldridge.

Henry Greenwald            (tp), with Bunny Berigan.


Don’t even think of Browns in Jazz - there are well over 50 of them!