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Question 1: Other great bands, like the one of Luis Russell became a vehicle for star instrumentalists, in his case ________.
JazzLouis ArmstrongDuke EllingtonCount Basie

Question 2: The major ________ bands of the 1930s included, apart from the bands led by Ellington, Hines and Calloway, were those of Jimmie Lunceford, Chick Webb, and Count Basie.
African AmericanAfrican American cultureAfrican-American Civil Rights Movement (1955–1968)Great Migration (African American)

Question 3: In contrast to smaller jazz combos, in which most of the music is ________, or created spontaneously, music played by big bands is highly "arranged", or prepared in advance and notated on sheet music.
ImprovisationImprovisational theatreChicagoWhose Line Is It Anyway?

Question 4: Some large contemporary European jazz ensembles play mostly ________ jazz using the instrumentation of the big bands.
Avant-gardeSurrealismDadaAbstract expressionism

Question 5: Beginning in the mid-1920s, big bands, then typically consisting of 10–25 pieces, came to dominate popular ________.
Musical notationMusicClassical musicMusic theory

Question 6: Gloria Parker, Princess of the Marimba, conducted the 21-piece Swingphony whose performances were broadcast nationally from the Kelly Lyceum Ballroom in ________.
Buffalo, New YorkNew York CityErie County, New YorkRochester, New York

Question 7: Few white musicians were familiar with this music, Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen and ________ being notable exceptions.
Hoagy CarmichaelBing CrosbyBix BeiderbeckeAcademy Award for Best Original Song

Question 8: Some bands were society bands that relied on strong ensembles but little on soloists or vocalists, such as the bands of Guy Lombardo and ________.
JazzBing CrosbyBix BeiderbeckePaul Whiteman

Question 9: Shep Fields and his orchestra appeared in The Big Broadcast of 1938 for Paramount Pictures while accompanying the actor ________ in the 1930s.
Bob HopeFrank SinatraCharlton HestonJerry Lewis

Question 10: Count Basie played a relaxed propulsive swing, Bob Crosby more of a dixieland style, ________ a hard driving swing, and Duke Ellington’s compositions were varied and sophisticated.
ClarinetWoody HermanArtie ShawBenny Goodman


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