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December 2012 Sax Trivia Contest

Thank you for everyone who played. Please remember that the winner is chosen randomly from the collection of correct entries every month.


  • 50.00 Gift Card ($ 50.00 value)


Elizabeth Spittler from Chicago, IL US

Contest background

This Texas born alto saxophonist received a unique nickname early in his career due to an accident with hair lye. Because of his fondness for his nickname, and his new look, he continued to shave his head throughout most of his career. While his saxophone influences stretch across jazz and popular R&B of the 30's, 40's, and 50's, he was also well known for his blues singing. He was a featured singer in well known big bands and his own band which he first formed at the end of 1945 with a contract with Mercury records.
A steady composer of jazz and blues, you may have heard his name mentioned as being the original composer of two tunes usually credited to a famous trumpet player from the St. Louis area.

Contest Question

Who is the Texas born saxophone player and what are the two tunes he is not commonly credited with composing? As a bonus who is the trumpet player mentioned?

Correct Answer

Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson --Alto Saxophone Composer of "Four" and "Tune Up" Trumpet Player: Miles Davis

Where You Could Have Found The Answer

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eddie_Vinson http://bebopwinorip.blogspot.com/2010/09/eddie-cleanhead-vinson-mr-cleanhead.html
Happy New Year and Thank You for playing the December trivia contest.