Duke Ellington Quiz

How well do you know one of the greatest composers of the 20th century? Test your knowledge with our quiz!

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Duke Ellington was one of the greatest composers of the 20th century and a key figure in the development of jazz. But how well do YOU know Duke? Test your knowledge with our Duke Ellington quiz!

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6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Eduardo

    June 29, 2020 at 1:12 pm

    The jazz is jazz for Duke

  2. Christopher Nowak BFA MLIS

    October 28, 2020 at 10:45 pm

    Who composed the simplest jazz song in the history of jazz?:
    DUKE ELLINGTON: C JAM BLUES

  3. Roger Strong

    December 2, 2020 at 7:05 am

    The question about Ellington and Stevie Wonder is really hardly relevant. What was Duke first theme tune and what was his second?’

  4. Roger Strong

    May 22, 2021 at 11:23 am

    A agree- I didn’t know that thought that it was hardly relevant. What about – what period di Ellington have two bass players?

  5. An actual Duke expert

    June 30, 2021 at 12:48 am

    The name of the film was Black and Tan Fantasy, not Black and Tan.

    No records “charted” in the ’20’s, there were no charts.

    Duke scored the big hit at the Newport Jazz Festival. The “Jazz and Folk” title came a decade later.

    This is a very sloppy quiz.

    • Todd Burns

      August 5, 2021 at 6:46 pm

      Thanks for letting us know! We’ve made some changes to the quiz to get everything correct (I hope)! One note, though: After doing some research, I think that the name of the film was actually Black and Tan. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_and_Tan_(film)) The song itself was Black and Tan Fantasy, so there may have been some confusion there.

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