“Jazzology” tests jazz fans’ knowledge; offers prize


“Jazzology,” an interactive game show that tests contestants’ knowledge of jazz, is available every other Friday at 2:30 p.m. The show’s growing popularity challenges the notion of there being few audiences for jazz in the current age.

“Jazzology”: a new kind of game show

In traditional game show formats, a show is televised. Contestants and host take their appointed places on brightly colored sets, and music intended to heighten the suspense while contestants perform tasks or answer questions. The era of COVID-19 forced audiences and show producers to re-think that concept.

However, not meeting face-to-face still works for shows. This is what happens with “Jazzology.” The host (Willard Jenkins) and two contestants look as though they are on a face-to-face call. Jenkins is best known as a founder of the Open Sky consultancy business, which helps musicians and publicists accomplish their goals. Jenkins offers the contestants a multiple choice question about jazz. The order in which contestants go is determined by a coin toss. The winner gets $100. It is possible to win more than once.

Another interesting facet of the game is that the contestants could be professional musicians, or jazz journalists, or simply fans. All participants need is a love and knowledge of jazz. Interested parties can watch the episodes live – – they air at 2:30 p.m. every other Friday on the Savage Content website. This Friday, June 24, 2022, the show is scheduled to be live. Previously aired episodes can be found on YouTube.

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Dodie Miller-Gould is a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana who lives in New York City where she studies creative nonfiction at Columbia University. She has BA and MA degrees in English from Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, and an MFA in Fiction from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Her research interests include popular music and culture, 1920s jazz, and blues, confessional poetry, and the rhetoric of fiction. She has presented at numerous conferences in rhetoric and composition, and creative writing. Her creative works have appeared in Tenth Muse, Apostrophe, The Flying Island, Scavenger's Newsletter and elsewhere. She has won university-based awards for creative work and literary criticism.

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