THE DEEP JAZZ QUIZ. from the Steve Reid Foundation ‘Lions of Judah’ launch party.

OK people… last Monday saw the Steve Reid Foundation launch for Emanative and Ahmed Abdullah’s reworking of Steve’s  ‘Lions Of Judah’ – a tremendous  12″ single that deserves a place in any discerning music headz xmas stocking! It was in a pub, The Londesborough, in Stoke Newington and it took the form of  charity dinner.

As gatherings go, this one was rather special, and in the house were a host of faces and serious players from across the musical spectrum. In the mix was Ross Allen, Ashley Beedle, Deisel, Joe Davis, Simbad, Chris Phillips, Jez Nelson, Janine Neye, Earl Zinger, Valerie Etienne, Demus, Karen P, Mike Connolly, Kay Suzuki, Russ Jones,  Simon Goffe, Koichi Sakai, Dayo, Jim Lister, Jessica Lauren …. nuff…. and live music was sweetly delivered by Zara Macfarlane and her excellent band which features the fiercely talented Peter Edwards and Binker Golding.

As the people awaited the arrival of their turkey & tings copies of Deep Jazz Quiz (concocted by yours truly with a little help from Gilles Peterson) were dished out. Various teams were formed and the rival factions most definitely rose to the challenge.  A lot of deep knowledge was combined in order to notch up points from what were quite tricky questions .

In fact, it was a great help if you had been an avid reader of Straight No Chaser magazine.  So, on reflection I’ve decided to print the Deep Jazz Quiz here for your perusal and  will post the answers at a later date… maybe during the Xmas break.

Have Fun! (PS: No googling etc… take it from the top!)

Name 2 US jazz/funk musicians who played and lived with Fela Anikulapo Kuti in Nigeria

(a)                 Ginger Baker

(b)                 Roy Ayers

(c)                 Steve Reid

(d)                 Oliver Lake

(e)                 Lester Bowie

(f)                  Randy Weston

 

Which jazz bass player plays on the Tribe Called Quest LP ‘Low End Theory

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Staying with jazz bassists… which leading light in the Native Tongue collective is currently producing Esperanza  Spalding?

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On Bro GP’ s latest  Havana Cultura CD… ‘The Search Continues’… which Tribe Called Quest cut do they cover and how does it translate into Spanish?

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Hamiliton Bohannon –  the original disco-don-da-da – started off playing jazz….  What instrument did he play?

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Two seminal UK albums came out in 1981 by Incognito and Freez. What were they called?

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On the revolutionary album Pharoah Sanders  LP ‘Thembi’  – which feats. Lonnie Liston Smith and includes the track ‘Astral Travelling’ – Impulse brought in rock & blues producer/engineer Bill Szymczyl to introduce modern recording techniques like close mics, over-dubbing, reverb  etc . – Which multi billion selling west coast band famed for “taking it easy” was Bill renowned for working with?

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Which album was Pharoah Sanders emulating in practice when he discovered he could get sound from his horn when he was not blowing? Think flautist & India!

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In the Sixties Terry Callier was one half of a folk duo. Upon going to NYC they were told by a major record company that America was not ready for a black & white duo. Which member of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young was his partner?

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Which band performing live in Chicago inspired singer/songwriter Terry Callier to use 2 bassists on one of his early albums.

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Which antipodean piano player played on the live cut of Yusef Lateef’s ‘Brother John’?

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On a bit of an old skool tip…  which US jazz musician sent the young Hugh Masekela a trumpet?

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Which US composer / band leader was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1999?

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Which celebrated Be Bop musician reputedly stabbed legendary hipster Slim Gaillard in Billy Berg’s in Hollywood.

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The sleeves for Blue Note records are iconic.

(a)                 Who did the graphic design?

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(b)                 Who did the photography?

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Pirate Radio vibes…. the first superstar DJ playing jazz on pirate radio was Andy Jackson. He was on Radio Invicta but what was the frequency?

94.9 fm  /  100 fm /   94.2  fm /  92.4 fm

Which excellent British journalist / photographer authored the wonderful book on post Sixties US jazz movement –  ‘As Serious As Your Life’?

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Which saxophonist initiated the New York Loft Scene?

a)       Marion Brown

b)        Roscoe Mitchell

c)       Sam Rivers

d)       David Murray

What was Art Ensemble of Chicago trumpeter, Lester Bowie’s preferred method of transport?

a) Cadillac El Dorado

b) 750cc Kawasaki

c) Ford Mustang

d) Greyhound Bus

 

 

 

 

 

Film question 1: On a world tour of a famous jazz musician the baggage of the band kept getting heavier and heavier. Upon inspection they discovered bags full of empty coke bottles. The bandleader was intending to return them to the land from whence they came. Who was that?

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Film question 2:  Which saxophonist played on the soundtrack of Bertolucci’s film ‘Last Tango In Paris’ and which country did he come from?

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What was the name of pianist Randy Weston’s club in Tangiers?

a) African Rhythms Club     b) La Belle Epoque      c) Blue Morning

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Brasilian vocalist Flora Purim is famed for her ability to replicate the sound of seabirds in flight. She acquired this skill while in prison… which prison?

a)       Terminal Island           b)     Rykers Island

Which two legendary conga layers played at Talking Loud & Saying Something @ Dingwalls:

a)       Poncho Sanchez

b)      Ray Baretto

c)      Mongo Santamaria

Which UK band included a version of the Electric Ballrooom Jazz dance classic ‘The Bottom End’ on a 12” single?

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Which jazz dance crew battled  (on TV)  the Brothers In Jazz in a boxing ring?

a) Floor Technicians    b) Back Street Kids     c) Jazcotech      d) IDJ

Steve Reid was drum mentor to one the members of Rocket No 9. Who wrote the song ‘Rocket No. 9’?

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Which Mercury Prize winning musician /DJ played with Sun Ra at the Hackney Empire.

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Which contemporary Ensemble includes in their current set  Tommy McCook’s ‘Samson’ and this Sun Ra song:  “Where human eyes have never seen, where human beings have never been, I build a world of abstract dreams, and I wait for you.”

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Which classic Motown hit did the teenage Steve Reid play on?

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Above:  Keiran Hebden & Steve Reid

Just to backtrack to the session… Dayo & Jim Lister et al (Brownswood Message Board Massive) had the highest score (41 points!). Jez Nelson (Something Else/Jazz On 3) + his crew crew came second and Joe Davis (Far Out)  + posse came third. It was close. However, GP sprung a surprise and a nominee from each of the top three teams had to compete to name each tune he played. Ashley Beedle, Jim Lister and Joe Davis lined up but it was  no contest… Joe Davis (who has the ears of a serious record dealer) freaked everybody out… he even by named one tune before it   started… on the sound of the between tracks applause. A night was had!

OK… just remember…  consult your friends but no “cheating”. Also, don’t forget to snap up  the vinyl.

About Paul Brad

Freelance journalist / Publisher Editor - Straight No Chaser magazine & From Jazz Funk & Fusion to Acid Jazz: A History Of The UK Jazz dance Scene by Mark 'Snowboy' Cotgrove / Music Fan: Interplanetary Sounds: Ancient to Future / Cultural Event Consultant & Activist / Nei Jia practitioner
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2 Responses to THE DEEP JAZZ QUIZ. from the Steve Reid Foundation ‘Lions of Judah’ launch party.

  1. Sanjiv Ahluwalia says:

    Good to see you on Monday.

    “In the mix” was Kerry and Jim Lister, Dayo Adewuyi, Marc Jenks and myself and our team Dayo’s Angels, won the quiz, beating the collective of industry bods, mentioned above. Some random ‘name that tune’ section was added when two of us had left and……..we lose? ‘Quiz gate’ is the biggest controversy to hit the scene since that dodgy bloke was selling Sahib Shahib bootleg albums in Soho in the mid-Nineties (and getting a severe telling off in Straight No Chaser). Rematch please. And if you add a ‘name that tune’ section, play some other genres, we’ll win:)

  2. Paul Brad says:

    Respect to Dayo’s Angels as you did indeed score the highest points of the Deep Jazz Quiz that I-Man concocted especially for the occasion. Here’s to 2012 and as Steve Reid would say: ‘Stay in the Rhythm!”

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