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Big Band History (Grade 9)

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Big Band History

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1. 
Who is one of the most famous big band leaders and composers of all time?
  1. Son House
  2. Duke Ellington
  3. Miles Davis
  4. Lewis Black
2. 
The main difference between a big band and a bebop quintet (other than size) was the opportunity to do this:
  1. record
  2. sing
  3. improvise
  4. write
3. 
The                and                  are not as common in a big band, but are sometimes heard.
4. 
The                        and                          are the most common instruments found in the woodwind section of a big band.
5. 
The                    section is one of two main instrumental sections heard in a big band.
6. 
The                        and                      are the two main instruments found in the brass section of a big band.
7. 
The                section in a big band is made up of all the woodwind and brass instruments commonly found in jazz.
8. 
A jam session is a late night meeting of musicians where they can experiment with music.
  1. True
  2. False
9. 
What clarinet player is credited with starting the Big Band Swing craze?
  1. Aaron Copland
  2. Daniel Bonade
  3. Benny Goodman
  4. Louis Armstrong
10. 
Popular big bands used a combination of these two styles to appeal to the masses:
  1. swing and ballads
  2. jazz and bebop
  3. swing and blues
  4. pre-rock and swing
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