Jazz Musician's Quiz

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If you're a jazz musician, you should be able to answer these questions. Music theory, musicianship, and other areas are covered.

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The opening track on 'Kind of Blue' that paved the way for modal tunes
The seventh mode of the major scale
Imaj7 - vi7 - ii7 - V7 is a common chord progression known as...
This scale is comprised of 6 whole steps
Perhaps the most famous jazz musician, leader on 'Kind of Blue'
The number of bars in a typical blues progression
A scale made up of alternating whole steps and half steps (starting with a whole step)
'Dorian b2' is the ______ mode of the jazz/melodic minor scale
A scale made up of alternating half steps and whole steps (starting with a half step)
A minor scale with a raised 7th degree
A chord with an omitted 3rd, usually replaced by a 4th or 9th
This scale is comprised of consecutive half-steps
A book containing handwritten charts of hundreds of frequently played jazz tunes, previously unpublished and technically illegal to own
The third mode of the jazz/melodic minor scale
Dm7 - G7 - Cmaj7 turned into Dm7 - Db7 - Cmaj7 is an example of a...
Coltrane composition often referred to as the most difficult jazz tune to improvise over, utilizing different cycles of keys that are a major 3rd apart
Another common name for a minor7b5 chord
A new melody composed over familiar harmonic changes - examples are Countdown > Tune Up, and Ornithology > How High the Moon
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Name this scale: 1 2 3 4 5 6 b7 7
Rhythms occurring in unexpected spots are said to be...
Another name for a tune's melody, played twice at the start and the ending
A scale made up of alternating minor 3rds and half steps
Popular jazz guitarist known to play with his thumb and for using octaves in his improvisation
Dominant chord with any combination of #/b 5 and #/b 9
This term is called out on a gig at the end of a tune to let everybody know the final few bars will be repeated, usually 3 times
Bebop innovator who was nicknamed 'Byrd'
Beat numbers where the 'pocket' is felt in swing
The fifth mode of the major scale
Chord quality often represented by V7
Name this scale: 1 2 3 #4 5 6 b7
Common practice between musicians that involves improvising for 4 bars before letting another player improvise for 4 bars
Term for a chord progression at the end of a tune that sets up the top of the next chorus
The second mode of the major scale
A common song form using I7, IV7 and V7
Most of the time, classical music uses straight eighth notes while jazz uses ______ eighth notes
A minor scale with a raised 6th and 7th degree

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