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Friday, February 5, 2016

Jazz Oddities: A Maven's Quiz

As Jazz piles up the years, musicians from widely disparate eras and wildly different contexts end up playing together. Here are some questions that will be tough, even with Google lurking in the background. You smart Johns and Janes can mull it over and reply with answers via the Comments. 


1) Who recorded with both Ma Rainey and Pearl Bailey?***Need to amend this to "performed with," not "recorded with."


2) Who recorded with both Johnny Dunn in 1922 and Coltrane in '61?


3) Who recorded with both the '27 Goldkette band and '47 Thornhill?


4) Who played with both James Reese Europe and Dizzy?


5) Who recorded with both Bix and Monk?

6) Who played with both Kid Rena and Sir Charles Thompson?

7) Who recorded with Henry Busse, Louis Jordan and Louis Armstrong?

8) What sax player played with both Miles Davis & Blood, Sweat and Tears?

9) Who played himself in the movies Screaming Mimi and Ocean's 11?


10) Who Played with both the Symphony Orchestra of Los Angeles and Joe Venuti?



Tip o' the hat to Prof. Chalfen for his contributions. Speaking of which, M. Chalfen has these, for extra credit:


11) Who recorded with WIlbur Sweatman and Charles Mingus?

12) Who played with Keppard in the Original Creole Orch and recorded with Bird & Martial Solal?

13) Who played with Lu Waters & Capt. Beefheart?


I had a thread on Facebook about this, so if you were in on that, I know who you are...

60 comments:

R g s said...

#9 is I believe, Red Norvo.

Steve Provizer said...

Well done!

rob chalfen said...

10 is Vic Berton

re: 7, Louis Jordan himself recorded with Armstrong, so it's poss also Busse?

rob chalfen said...

1. is prob Hawkins

Steve Provizer said...

#1 Is not Hawkins. #10- If it's true about Berton-which I suppose it might be-than there's at least 2 who did it. Who's the one I knew of? #7-No.

Anonymous said...

#2 is Garvin Bushell

#8 is Joe Henderson

Steve Provizer said...

Way to go, Anonymous.

Anonymous said...

Is #3 Nick Fatool?

Steve Provizer said...

Nope. Sorry.

Gary Kennedy said...

#1 - Barney Bigard?

#3 -Danny Polo

#5 -Pee Wee Russell

Steve Provizer said...

Great work on #3 and #5. #1 still unanswered.

Anonymous said...

#1 - Hot Lips Page

Steve Provizer said...

You are correct, Mr. A. Looks like #4 and #7 are still open.

Anonymous said...

#4 is probably somebody like Herb Flemming
Still working on it but haven't been able to figure out #7

Anonymous said...

#7 Kaiser Marshall?

Steve Provizer said...

Good and reasonable guesses, but no.

Anonymous said...

#4 - Noble Sissle is the only other one I can think of that bridges the time gap
#11 - Duke Ellington
#12 - Don Byas makes sense, but I don't think he was young enough to have worked with Keppard.

Have to take a pass on #7 - Kaiser Marshall is the only one who comes to mind, and on #13 I have no idea.

Steve Provizer said...

Correct on #11. Keep working.

Anonymous said...

#7 - Paul Whiteman

Steve Provizer said...

Sorry. Nope.

CrocodileChuck said...

No 8: Joe Henderson

Steve Provizer said...

CrocodileChuck, you are correct.

troppmann said...

12 is obvious! Sidney Bechet...Hope I'm not wrong...

troppmann said...

#10 - Mannie Klein?

troppmann said...

#6 - Nat Towles? This one's a stretch...

Steve Provizer said...

You are correct about Bechet, sir! Not, however, about #10.

troppmann said...

#7 - Chubby Jackson?

troppmann said...

If #4 isn't Russell Smith I should stop

Steve Provizer said...

troppmann-Good on ya for #4. Keep trying on #7.

troppmann said...

OK, I will! But what about Nat Towles for #6 - is that even close?

Steve Provizer said...

Maybe. Kinda. Depends what you mean by close.

troppmann said...

OK, #7 (and if this isn't who you mean, it's nonetheless true) Bing Crosby

Steve Provizer said...

troppmann-It;s exactly who I mean. Way to go.

Anonymous said...

#10 Marion McPartland?

Steve Provizer said...

Sorry-not M.M.

Anonymous said...

Marshall Sasson?

Steve Provizer said...

Nope. Sorry.

Anonymous said...

OK, one last shot: I've never seen any reference to Jascha Heifetz playing with Venuti, but they were close friends and Heifetz did make a record with the Symphony of Los Angeles.

Steve Provizer said...

Anonymous, I'm afraid your persistence, in this case, has not been rewarded,

Anonymous said...

Well, I was going to give up, but then I thought: Dick Hyman? He performed with both Venuti and the LA Philharmonic, so that's at least close. Now, in the interest of revenge, may I ask, who's been recorded with Louis Armstrong and Charlie Parker and had a composition performed by the Rochester Symphony?

Steve Provizer said...

Not DIck Hyman...Turnabout is fair play. I'd say Benny Goodman.

Anonymous said...

Not BG. I'll mention that some of the recordings may have been informal and that he had a more formal relationship with one of the two artists for a period of time.

Steve Provizer said...

Mel Powell?

Anonymous said...

Nope, good guess though.

Steve Provizer said...

Hmmm. Sy Oliver?

Anonymous said...

Not Sy. Getting back to #10, a bassist? Babasin, Callendar, Mingus?

Steve Provizer said...

#10=Pianist. Think earlier.

Steve Provizer said...

Al Cohn?

Anonymous said...

Re #10: If not McPartland or Hyman, then perhaps Earl Hines? As for my guy, he made his debut as a violin soloist with symphony orchestra at age 11. However, that's not one of the instruments that he's known for. His greatest contribution, though, was as a composer and arranger (IMHO).

Steve Provizer said...

Not Hines, but closer...Yours is tough-Jerry Grey?

Anonymous said...

Lennie Hayton? My guy played two brass instruments but was frequently found in the rhythm section. He wrote arrangements for Benny Goodman and played in both the Casa Loma Orchestra and Jimmy Dorsey's band. He played with, and wrote arrangements for, Eddie Condon, Bobby Hackett, and Marion McPartland. His New York apartment was the scene of jam sessions that included Zoot Sims, Bobby Brookmeyer, Bill Evans, and Jimmy Raney.

Steve Provizer said...

No, not Hayton. This guy played with the early hipsters...People I can think of who fit some of your criteria, but not all-GIl Evans, Gerry Mulligan, Benny Carter, Mary Lou Williams. Any of those?

Anonymous said...

Are we talking zoot-suit hipsters, beatnik hipsters, bebop hipsters, or bell-bottom hipsters? Could it be Teddy Wilson? Maybe even Hoagy Carmichael? As for my guy: Getting back to my original clue (Satch/Bird), he was in one of those guy's bands but quit because he was sick of playing the same tunes every night.

Steve Provizer said...

That was Hines...1920's hipsters.

Anonymous said...

Did Fatha quit Satch's band because he was tired of the same tunes? If so, he wasn't the last to quit for that reason.

Steve Provizer said...

Yes, and so did Bigard-ostensibly, but I think it was egos clashing. Musta been Carey?

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! Dick Cary. BTW, my favorite albums of his are the three by his Tuesday Night rehearsal band, which feature his compositions. The second one is possibly the best overall but Cary, himself, only plays on the first one, which I reviewed on Amazon. Now I'm trying to think of which piano player who played with, probably Cab or Mezz, as well as Venuti, would also have played with the Symphony of Los Angeles, itself a fairly obscure organization. My brain is starting to hurt. Doesn't look like anyone got #6 either, but I'm not going there.

Steve Provizer said...

Thanks, Anonymous. It was quite a slog. 6, 10 and 13 are still unsolved.

troppmann said...

Jim Robinson for #6?

Steve Provizer said...

Sorry. Nope.