Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Big Band Quiz

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Big Band Quiz

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1. During the Big Band Era in the 1930s, this famous ballroom on the East coast was the site where many of the big bands hoped to secure a performance date as it meant a rise in their stature. In fact, in 1939, Glenn Miller signed a contract to play the entire summer season at the site. Name the ballroom. And name the location.

2. Singer and entertainer Bing Crosby had his own radio show from 1937 to 1954. Can you name the band that backed him on the show?

3. Harry James was well Known for the rich and round tone he derived from his trumpet. But the trumpet was not his first instrument. Can you name what his first instrument was?

4. Can you name a band leader who wrote his own theme song? Name the leader. And name the song.

5. Lena Horne received a major start in her career when she sang with the Charlie Barnet band. But when she leftBarnet who was the vocalist who replaced her?

6. Vocalist Bonnie Baker hit the highlight of her career when she recorded "Oh, Johnny, Oh, Johnny, Oh". What orchestra did she record this number with?

7. It is well known that vocalist Peggy Lee was an important member of the Benny Goodman band but what is not well known is that she was a songwriter, also. …

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