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Welcome to the Jazz Quiz
for March

Who Is Going To Get The Bill?


This month we give you clues to fifteen jazz musicians with the name 'Bill' or 'Billy'. Are you able to identify them?


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Give yourself one extra point if you were able to identify the show that this song title comes from:

But along came Bill
Who's not the type at all,
You'd meet him on the street
And never notice him.
His form and face,
His manly grace
Are not the kind that you
Would find in a statue,
And I can't explain,
It's surely not his brain
That makes me thrill -
I love him because he's wonderful,
Because he's just my Bill.


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Which 'Bill' or 'Billy' is ....


1. A 'wild' cornet player remembered for his association with bandleader Eddie Condon, with whom he worked and recorded from the mid-1940s through the 1960s.


2. The Big Band leader on Frank Sinatra's Come Fly With Me album


3. A pianist who made his recording debut in 1977 with the J. J. Johnson Quintet during a tour of Japan. He gained significant attention during his six-years (1978–84) playing with trumpeter Freddie Hubbard's group. In 2000 he arranged, orchestrated and conducted for Dianne Reeves's project The Calling: Celebrating Sarah Vaughan, which won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album.


4. An American jazz bassist who played for many years in partnership with saxophonist Gerry Mulligan in the 1950s and '60s.


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5. A big Blues singer born Lee Conley Bradley.








6. A jazz trombonist perhaps best known for his rendition of Sammy Nestico's arrangement of the Johnny Mandel ballad, A Time for Love, which he recorded on a 1993 album of the same name, but he also played and recorded with Maynard Ferguson, Woody Herman and Kai Winding. In 1971 he played with the jazz fusion group Ten Wheel Drive.


7. A pianist who, In late 1959, left the Miles Davis band and established his trio with bassist Scott LaFaro and drummer Paul Motian.


8. A bass player considered the father of the "slap" style of playing. He claimed to have started "slapping" the strings of his bass (a more vigorous technique than the classical pizzicato) after he accidentally broke his bow on the road with his band in northern Louisiana in the early 1910s.


9. A pianist who started playing professionally in 1944 with Ben Webster's Quartet on New York's 52nd Street. He became the house pianist at Birdland and performed with Charlie Parker, J.J. Johnson, Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis. He played at Birdland longer than any other pianist in the history of the club.




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10. Bill 'The Wise'? A pianist in the Johnny Dankworth Seven and who also becoming a member of Dankworth's big band in 1953 and formed a Quartet with saxophonist Ronnie Ross.






11. Pianist who spent thirteen years as a member of Louis Armstrong's All-Stars, and performed in the 1956 musical High Society.


12. A clarinettist and composer who was a member of the Dave Brubeck Octet, and later occasionally subbed for saxophonist Paul Desmond in the Dave Brubeck Quartet. Brubeck's 1960 album Brubeck à La Mode featured him performing ten of his own compositions with Brubeck's quartet.


13. A musician known for his pioneering jazz electronic organ recordings and for his tenure with the Tympany Five, the backing group for Louis Jordan. Prior to the emergence of Jimmy Smith in 1956, he was the pace-setter among organists.



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14. A vocalist and bandleader who was noted for his rich, resonant, almost operatic bass-baritone voice. In 1944, he formed his own big band and it became the finishing school for young musicians including Dizzy Gillespie, Dexter Gordon, Miles Davis, Art Blakey, Charlie Parker and Sarah Vaughan.






15. A pianist who worked with Gerry Mulligan, Benny Carter, Tony Bennett, Phil Woods and Scott Hamilton. His usual rhythm section consisted of Peter Washington (bass) and Kenny Washington (drums).




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