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Test Your Brubeck IQ

1. Which of the following jazz greats did Brubeck write a musical tribute to?

a. Dizzy Gillespie
b. Ella Fitzgerald
c. Miles Davis
d. Duke Ellington

2. True or false - Dave Brubeck was the first jazz musician to grace the cover of Time magazine?

a. True
b. False

3.Brubeck has written music for a variety of performances and venues. Which of the following is NOT among Brubeck's compositions?

a. Choral mass
b. Ballet
c. Opera
d. Musical

4. Brubeck didn't always dream of becoming a jazzman. Before becoming a music major, he pursued a degree in:

a. veterinary medicine
b. chemistry c. physical education
d. fine arts

5.In the early days of his career, when money was tight, Brubeck helped to make ends meet by:

a. painting housesB b. shining shoes
c. selling sandwiches
d. washing windows

6. Which of the following was NOT a member of the classic quartet:

a. Joe Morello
b. Gerry Mulligan
c. Paul Desmond
d. Eugene Wright

7. Brubeck suffered a nearly fatal injury during a swimming accident in:

a. The Bahamas
b. Key West
c. Bermuda
d. Hawaii

8. Which of Brubeck's sons recently toured and performed with rocker Sheryl Crow?

a. Darius Brubeck
b. Dan Brubeck
c. Matthew Brubeck
d. Chris Brubeck

9. Although he now resides in Wilton, CT, Brubeck is a native:

a. Oregonian
b. Californian
c. New Yorker
d. Texan

10. Brubeck's song "In Your Own Sweet Way" is a tribute to:

a. His wife
b. His mother
c. His daughter
d. His grandmother


1. d - Duke Ellington. Brubeck wrote "The Duke" in 1959 in honor of Duke Ellington

2. b - False. Louis Armstrong was featured on the cover of Time before Brubeck.

3. c - Opera. Brubeck wrote music for the Murray Lewis Dance Troupe ballet "Glances", a choral mass called "A Light in the Wilderness" and music intended for a musical called "The Real Ambassadors" (the show never made it to the stage)

4. c - Veterinary Medicine. Brubeck started out in veterinary medicine and intended to join his father as manager of a cattle ranch.

5. a - Selling Sandwiches. at one point, things got so bad for Brubeck financially that he took up selling sandwiches in office buildings.

6. b - Gerry Mulligan. Mulligan played with Dave on and off throughout his career, but was not a member of the classic quartet.

7. d- Hawaii. Brubeck was with his children at the beach when he dove into a sandbar and almost broke his neck.

8. c - Matthew Brubeck. Matthew played cello on Crow's last tour.

9. b - Californian. Brubeck was born in Concord, CA and raised in Ione, CA.

10. a - His Wife. "In Your Own Sweet Way" is a tribute to Brubeck's wife, Iola.

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