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Blake Pontchartrain's New Orleans Music Quiz


1. Who is the oldest Neville brother?
A. Aaron
B. Art - Art Neville was born in 1937.
C. Cyril
D. Charles

2. Who is the oldest Marsalis son?

A. Wynton
B. Delfeayo
C. Jason
D. Branford - Branford Marsalis was born in 1960.

3. What song was recorded by both Irma Thomas & The Rolling Stones in 1964?
A. "Time is On My Side" - “Time is On My Side” was released in 1963 by jazz trombonist Kai Winding. Thomas’ version came out in early 1964, and the Rolling Stones’ followed in October.
B. "Come On"
C. "Ruler of My Heart"
D. "It's Raining"

4. What New Orleans-based band has a family connection to Ellen DeGeneres?
A. Better Than Ezra
B. The Radiators
C. Cowboy Mouth
D. The Cold - Ellen’s brother Vance DeGeneres played bass in The Cold.

5. During a slump in their careers in the 1950s, Pete Fountain and Al Hirt both held the same non-musical job. What was it?
A. Cab drivers
B. Oyster shuckers
C. Exterminators - These two titans of jazz briefly held jobs as exterminators in the early 1950s.
D. Lucky Dog salesmen

6. What is Fats Domino's real name?
A. Clarence
B. Antoine - On his first hit record, he was called The Fat Man, but his mother named him Antoine.
C. Herbert
D. Louis

7. What well-known New Orleans musician went by the pseudonym Naomi Neville?

A. Allen Toussaint - Allen Toussaint used his mother’s maiden name (no relation to the Neville Brothers) as a pen name on songs including “Fortune Teller,” “It’s Raining” and “Lipstick Traces.”
B. Dr. John
C. Irma Thomas
D. Ernie K-Doe

8. Among his many credits, New Orleanian Harold Battiste was credited as an arranger and musical director for what nationally known music act?
A. The Rolling Stones
B. The Doors
C. Sonny and Cher - Battiste arranged Sonny & Cher’s 1965 song “I Got You Babe” and was musical director for their 1970s TV show.
D. The Temptations

9. What musician was one of the opening acts for The Beatles during their September 1964 concert at City Park Stadium?
A. Clarence "Frogman" Henry - Frogman Henry toured with The Beatles, including the band’s 1964 performance.
B. Ernie K-Doe
C. Fats Domino
D. Little Richard

10. The logo for Tipitina's music club features what item?
A. James Booker's eye patch
B. Banana - Kathleen Joffrion put a banana in the Tipitina’s logo she designed in 1976. She told The Times-Picayune it was partly because the club originally featured a juice bar.
C. Professor Longhair's head
D. Piano

11. Which musician's real name is Ferdinand?

A. Pete Fountain
B. Deacon John
C. Ernie K-Doe
D. Jelly Roll Morton - Composer, pianist and arranger Jelly Roll Morton was born Ferdinand LaMothe.

12. Who was the first New Orleans musician to win a Grammy Award?
A. Al Hirt
B. Louis Prima - Louis Prima and Keely Smith earned a Grammy for Best Performance by a Vocal Group or Chorus at the first Grammy awards in 1958 for “That Old Black Magic.”
C. Pete Fountain
D. Fats Domino

13. In which neighborhood was gospel great Mahalia Jackson born?
A. Black Pearl - Mahalia Jackson was born on Oct. 26, 1911 in the Black Pearl.
B. Kenner
C. Treme
D. Algiers

14. What band was formed by classmates at Joseph S. Clark Senior High (now Preparatory) School?
A. Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
B. The Meters
C. Rebirth Brass Band - Rebirth Brass Band was formed in 1983 by the Frazier brothers and classmates including Kermit Ruffins.
D. Dirty Dozen Brass Band

15. Which of the following musicians did not perform for Pope John Paul II during his 1987 visit to New Orleans?
A. Al Hirt
B. Pete Fountain
C. Ronnie Kole
D. Irma Thomas - Irma Thomas didn’t perform for Pope John Paul II, but Hirt, Fountain and Kole did.

16. Early in his career, which musician had a band called The Dirty Virgins?

A. Benny Grunch - Before he teamed up with “The Bunch,” Benny Grunch Antin led a band called The Dirty Virgins while a student at Southeastern Louisiana University in the 1960s.

B. Dr. John
D. Jon Cleary
C. Walter "Wolfman" Washington

17. After premiering in 1970 at Beauregard Square (later called Congo Square), the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival moved to the Fair Grounds in what year?
A. 1972 - The Jazz Fest moved to the Fair Grounds in 1972.
B. 1973
C. 1974
D. 1975

18. What New Orleans music venue was originally called The 501 Club?
A. Preservation Hall
B. Tipitina's - The building that houses Tipitina’s was once The 501 Club, based on its address at 501 Napoleon Ave.
C. The Maple Leaf
D. d.b.a.

19. Which of these musicians was first depicted on a Jazz Fest poster?
A. Fats Houston
B. Sister Gertrude Morgan - A Noel Rockmore painting of Sister Gertrude Morgan appeared on some of the posters advertising the first Jazz Fest in 1970.
C. Louis Armstrong
D. Professor Longhair

20. What national celebrity was a part of the first French Quarter Festival?

A. Ed McMahon - The Tonight Show sidekick Ed McMahon hosted a battle of the bands at the first French Quarter Festival in 1984.
B. Dolly Parton
C. Joan Rivers
D. Dom DeLuise

21. Music is the family business for Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews and many of his relatives. Which 1960s New Orleans R&B singer is his grandfather?
A. Jessie "Ooh Poo Pah Doo" Hill - Jessie “Ooh Poo Pah Doo” Hill counted Trombone Shorty among his 50 grandchildren.
B. Clarence "Frogman" Henry
C. Al "Carnival Time" Johnson
D. Eddie "Check Mr. Popeye" Bo

22. When not performing as a bounce artist or reality TV show star, what is Big Freedia's line of work?
A. Teacher
B. Hair stylist
C. Interior designer - Big Freedia has an interior design business whose clients include former Mayor Ray Nagin.
D. Waiter

23. Which musician makes an uncredited appearance on Lloyd Price's 1952 recording of "Lawdy Miss Clawdy"?
A. Ernie K-Doe
B. Fats Domino - According to Fats Domino biographer Rick Coleman, Domino performed on the record, which was produced by his longtime collaborator Dave Bartholomew.
C. Benny Spellman John Moore
D. Deacon

24. Before she became famous as a Bourbon Street entertainer, what was Chris Owens' profession?
A. Teacher
B. Bookkeeper
C. Hair stylist
D. Nurse - Before making it big on Bourbon Street, Owens worked as a nurse in her native Texas and here.

25. Which of the following acts has never appeared as a musical guest on Saturday Night Live?
A. Neville Brothers
B. Trombone Shorty - The Preservation Hall Jazz Band performed on SNL in 1976, the Neville Brothers in 1986 and 1990 and Connick in 1990, but not Trombone Shorty.
C. Harry Connick Jr.
D. Preservation Hall Jazz Band

26. The call letters of radio station WWOZ stand for "Wonderful Wizard of Oz." True or false?
A. True
B. False

27. Filmmaker Woody Allen is a huge fan of New Orleans jazz and performs with his own band. What instrument does he play?
A. Piano
B. Trumpet
C. Clarinet - Allen began studying the clarinet as a child and took his stage name from clarinetist Woody Herman.
D. Drums

28. Which of the following instruments has Dr. John not played during his career?
A. Piano
B. Saxophone - Dr. John, then known as Mac Rebennack, began his career on guitar but switched to piano when one of his fingers was shot off during a gig.
C. Organ
D. Guitar

29. Which musician has performed in or provided the musical score for several Clint Eastwood films?
A. James Rivers - Clint Eastwood hired James Rivers for the movie Tightrope, filmed in New Orleans, The Bridges of Madison County and several other movies.
B. Terence
C. Irvin Mayfield
D. Harry Blanchard Connick Jr.

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