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Jazz Ensemble Semester Exam Review



Multiple Choice
Identify the choice that best completes the statement or answers the question.
 

 1. 

Which of the following is a  groove that exaggerates the triplet feel of swing?
a.
funk
c.
rock
b.
shuffle
d.
blues
 

 2. 

Identify the articulation used to perform the following:
mc002-1.jpg
a.
tenuto
c.
staccato
b.
long accent
d.
short accent
 

 3. 

FIG. 1
mc003-1.jpg
Refer to FIG. 1. The syllables “ da du ba du ba da” refer to which measure
a.
three
c.
one
b.
two
d.
four
 

 4. 

Refer to FIG. 1. The syllables “ du DA DA DAH” refer to which measure?
a.
three
c.
one
b.
four
d.
five
 

 5. 

Refer to FIG. 1. The syllables “DAH dut du dut” refer to which measure?
a.
four
c.
two
b.
three
d.
five
 

 6. 

As played in class, ‘In A Mellow Tone’ is in the concert key of ___________.
a.
Eb
c.
Ab
b.
Bb
d.
Db
 

 7. 

Identify the following tune:
mc007-1.jpg
a.
Doxy
c.
Bag’s Groove
b.
Mr. P.C.
d.
St. Thomas
 

 8. 

What is a  short section of music (usually only 2-4 bars) that is repeated many times?
a.
break
c.
coda
b.
vamp
d.
ending
 

 9. 

Which of the following is a famous jazz vibist?
a.
Charlie Parker
c.
Milt Jackson
b.
Miles Davis
d.
J.J. Johnson
 

 10. 

What is the most common musical form in jazz, in its simplest form occurring with the I, IV, and V chords?
a.
12 bar blues
c.
minor
b.
major
d.
lydian
 

 11. 

What chord is created by playing scale notes 1, 3, 5 and 7 of a major scale?
a.
Major 7th chord
c.
Chromatic chord
b.
Minor 7th chord
d.
Added 6th chord
 

 12. 

Which of the following refers to a relaxed feel, but not dragging?
a.
push
c.
laid back
b.
soli
d.
ad libitum
 

 13. 

This scale pattern is the equivalent of a natural minor scale with a raised 6th scale degree.
a.
blues
c.
mixolydian
b.
dorian
d.
lydian
 

 14. 

Identify the following tune:
mc014-1.jpg
a.
St. Thomas
c.
Doxy
b.
Bag’s Groove
d.
Mr. P.C.
 

 15. 

A BbMA7 chord contains which notes?
a.
Bb-Db-F-Ab
c.
Bb-C-D-Eb
b.
Bb-D-F-A
d.
Bb-D-F-Ab
 

 16. 

What is the melody statement of the tune, usually played as the first and last chorus called?
a.
coda
c.
bridge
b.
verse
d.
head
 

 17. 

When playing in a swing style, it is helpful to mentally subdivide to which note value?
a.
half note
c.
eighth note
b.
quarter note
d.
eighth note triplet
 

 18. 

What are short melodic patterns; often used in improvisation?
a.
themes
c.
scales
b.
intervals
d.
licks
 

 19. 

This term refers to the first beat of a measure.
a.
downbeat
c.
back beat
b.
upbeat
d.
groove
 

 20. 

Which of the following is a famous jazz trumpeter?
a.
Miles Davis
c.
Duke Ellington
b.
Charlie Parker
d.
J.J. Johnson
 

 21. 

This is a section where the groove is interrupted, usually for a soloist.
a.
intro
c.
coda
b.
break
d.
ending
 

 22. 

Which artist is known for “In The Mood”?
a.
Benny Goodman
c.
Glenn Miller
b.
Duke Ellinton
d.
Woody Herman
 

 23. 

Which term refers to the climax section of a chart, usually towards the end?
a.
shout chorus
c.
break
b.
coda
d.
intro
 

 24. 

The last chorus of a tune, when the head is played for the last time. On the stand the gesture of a raised clenched fist or a finger pointing to the head indicates that this chorus is coming up.
a.
out
c.
ending
b.
vamp
d.
coda
 

 25. 

One complete cycle of a tune, one time through from top to bottom is known as a 
a.
chorus
c.
repetition
b.
lead
d.
series
 

 26. 

A tune universally accepted and played by many Jazz musicians. Many are tin pan alley and Broadway songs from the 30s, 40s and 50s. Others are strictly Jazz compositions. A professional Jazz musician is expected to know many, many of these..
a.
jig
c.
standard
b.
reel
d.
cadence
 

 27. 

Which of the following jazz tunes is based on a 32 bar form?
a.
Work Song
c.
Bag’s Groove
b.
St. Thomas
d.
In A Mellow Tone
 

 28. 

Identify the following tune:
mc028-1.jpg
a.
Bag’s Groove
c.
St. Thomas
b.
Mr. P.C.
d.
Doxy
 

 29. 

Who composed ‘Bags Groove’?
a.
Milt Jackson
c.
Thad Jones
b.
Sonnly Rollins
d.
Count Basie
 

 30. 

This style  is characterized by complex, interlocking syncopated rhythmic patterns at the 8th and 16th note levels.  It evolved out of mid 1960’s soul music.
a.
swing
c.
blues
b.
rock
d.
funk
 

 31. 

Who composed ‘It Don’t Mean A Thing’?
a.
Duke Ellington
c.
Charlie Parker
b.
Billy Strayhorn
d.
Miles Davis
 

 32. 

The notes C, D, E, G, A form which scale?
a.
dorian
c.
major pentatonic
b.
mixolydian
d.
blues
 

 33. 

This term refers to the people who follow the brass band during a parade.
It is also the groove that the drummer plays in a brass band. We know it as the groove for “I Mean You”
a.
second line
c.
first line
b.
groupie
d.
funk
 

 34. 

This type of scale is comprised of the following scale degrees: 1, b3, 4, b5, 5, b7, 8. It is often used for improvising over a blues progression.
a.
blues
c.
dorian
b.
lydian
d.
mixolydian
 

 35. 

A CMI7 chord contains which notes?
a.
C-Eb-G-B
c.
C-Eb-G-Bb
b.
C-E-G-C
d.
C-E-G-B
 

 36. 

Which of the following tunes is based on a 16 bar blues in F minor?
a.
Work Song
c.
Bag’s Groove
b.
C Jam Blues
d.
St. Thomas
 

 37. 

Which scale pattern is the equivalent of a major scale with a lowered 7th scale degree?
a.
lydian
c.
blues
b.
dorian
d.
mixolydian
 

 38. 

What is a series of chords that lead to the beginning of the next chorus?
a.
blues
c.
coda
b.
break
d.
turnaround
 

 39. 

What chord is created by playing the scale notes 2, 4, 6, and 8 of a major scale?
a.
Major 7th chord
c.
Minor 7th chord
b.
Chromatic chord
d.
Added 6th chord
 

 40. 

Which term means to play with liberties?
a.
solo
c.
ad libitum
b.
accent
d.
soli
 

 41. 

Which term refers to creating musical ideas in the moment without the use of written music. Also known as "soloing", “taking a ride”, or "blowing" in jazz.
a.
improvisation
c.
transposition
b.
chanting
d.
composing
 

 42. 

Identify the articulation used to perform the following::
mc042-1.jpg
a.
staccato
c.
short accent
b.
long accent
d.
tenuto
 

 43. 

Which of the following is a famous jazz pianist and composer?
a.
Miles Davis
c.
Charlie Parker
b.
J.J. Johnson
d.
Duke Ellington
 

 44. 

This type of song or piece  is performed at a relaxed tempo and in a soft, intimate, sentimental style.
a.
fast swing
c.
ballad
b.
blues
d.
funk
 

 45. 

Two solo instrumentalists or instrument groups alternately playing four measures each. A typical jazz solo practice where instrumentalists exchange solos with a drummer.
a.
Scat
c.
Dueling
b.
Trading Fours
d.
Shifting
 

 46. 

‘Work Song’ was written by _______________.
a.
Nat Adderly
c.
Milt Jackson
b.
Cannonball Adderly
d.
Sonny Rollins
 

 47. 

What is the most common musical form in jazz, in its simplest form occurring with the I, IV, and V chords?
a.
lydian
c.
12 bar blues
b.
major
d.
minor
 

 48. 

Which of the following refers to a relaxed feel, but not dragging?
a.
push
c.
laid back
b.
soli
d.
ad libitum
 

 49. 

The middle section of a popular song also described formally as the "B" section. This second section is typically surrounded by the "A" section and often appears in a different key.
a.
Tag
c.
Coda
b.
Bridge
d.
Intro
 

 50. 

What is the series of chords that makes up the harmonic foundation of a tune known as?
a.
improvisation
c.
ad libitum
b.
progression
d.
blues
 

 51. 

Which of the following is a famous jazz trumpeter?
a.
J.J. Johnson
c.
Duke Ellington
b.
Miles Davis
d.
Charlie Parker
 

 52. 

Which of the following chords would the C major pentatonic scale be a good choice for?
a.
Eb7
c.
Ab 7
b.
C7
d.
Fm7
 

 53. 

The amount of measures in a particular song. (32-bar AABA song form, 12-bar blues)
a.
Mode
c.
Form
b.
Time Signature
d.
Key Signature
 

 54. 

How many different notes does a penatonic scale have?
a.
5
c.
7
b.
6
d.
4
 

 55. 

When playing in a swing style, what fraction of the beat does the first eighth note of a group receive?
a.
1/4
c.
2/3
b.
1/3
d.
1/2
 

 56. 

Identify the following tune:
mc056-1.jpg
a.
In A Mellow Tone
c.
Leap Frog
b.
Doxy
d.
Bag’s Groove
 

 57. 

What is a complete musical thought or sentence?
a.
intro
c.
lick
b.
phrase
d.
rhythm
 

 58. 

What chord is created by playing scale notes 1, 3, 5 and 7 of a major scale?
a.
Minor 7th chord
c.
Chromatic chord
b.
Major 7th chord
d.
Added 6th chord
 

 59. 

What is a short fill played by the drummer before a rhythmic figure played by the ensemble? It is also called a lead-in.
a.
coda
c.
break
b.
intro
d.
set-up
 

 60. 

Which type of chord is formed by the addition of the pitches of a third, a fifth, and a seventh above the root?
a.
triad
c.
diminished
b.
major
d.
seventh chord
 

 61. 

Which degrees of a blues scale are ‘blue notes’?
a.
1, 3, 4
c.
2, 4, 6
b.
2, 3, 5
d.
2, 5, 7
 

 62. 

What is it called when musicians get together and improvise on well known songs?
a.
Harlem Renaissance
c.
Rent Party
b.
Jam Session
d.
Contrafact
 

 63. 

An expression of the pace or speed at which the music moves.
a.
articulation
c.
time signature
b.
tempo
d.
accent
 

 64. 

Identify the following scale:
mc064-1.jpg
a.
blues
c.
mixolydian
b.
dorian
d.
natural minor
 

 65. 

‘In a Mellow Tone’ was written by ___________________.
a.
Miles Davis
c.
Duke Ellington
b.
Count Basie
d.
Dexter Gordon
 

 66. 

No regular tempo, moving slowly.
a.
Rubato
c.
Allegro
b.
Ritardando
d.
Allargando
 

 67. 

A unit that serves as a container, holding a specific number of beats as defined by the meter.
a.
clef
c.
staff
b.
coda
d.
measure (bar)
 

 68. 

What is the basic rhythmic and harmonic foundation upon which the rest of the tune is built?
a.
intro
c.
groove
b.
coda
d.
shuffle
 

 69. 

The major pentatonic scale contains which scale degrees from the major scale?
a.
1-2-3-5-6
c.
1-2-3-4-5
b.
1-3-4-5-7
d.
1-3-5-7-9
 

 70. 

Any member of a band or small group other than the leader.
a.
cat
c.
buddy
b.
teammate
d.
sideman
 



 
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