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Forwarded to me. I take no responsibility for the accuracy of these, but they are interesting nonetheless....slide_advantage

Hi All....

Below is correspondence between George Avakian and his son, Greg...if

you forgot G. Avakian's importance to the jazz and record industry, go to:

http://www.cilicia.com/armo_article_george_avakian.html

Enjoy the comments at the end of the grid. Alan K.

Subject: Jazz players' pseudonyms - Great fun!

Dear Greg: (and I will send this also to some friends who may enjoy the

added comments)

Thank you for emailing me the print-out of the Jazz Musician Pseudonyms

that I couldn't download. Great fun indeed! They were forwarded to me

by Wayne Wright, Woody Herman's guitarist for decades, who is a

delightful wit - as was Woody himself.

Love from Mom also -

Dad

P. S. - You might enjoy knowing about how some of them came about, so I

added some comments at the end about those names that I numbered in bold

type within the chart itself.

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Jazz Musician Pseudonyms

compiled by Jack Woker

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__________________________________

Pseudonym

Real Name

Album

------------------------------------------------------------

Shoeless Henry Aaron

Harry Allen

Bob Wilber "Budafora Blowup", Arbors 1996

----------------------------------------------------------

Gabriel Armstrong

Jon Faddis

Al Grey "Live At The Floating Jazz Festival", Chiaroscuro, 1990

---------------------------------------------------------

Bill Bailey

Count Basie

Joe Newman & the Boys in the Band, Storyville, 1954

----------------------------------------------------------

Barbecue Joe

Wingy Manone

Champion, 1930

------------------------------------------------------------

(1) Kunst Bauer

Art Farmer

Teo Macero "What's New?", Columbia, 1955

-----------------------------------------------------------

Buzzy Bavarian

Al Gafa

Kai Winding, "Dirty Dog", Verve, 1966

------------------------------------------------------------

Johnny Beecher

Plas Johnson

"Sax Fifth Avenue", Charter, 1962

-----------------------------------------------------------

Sam Beethoven

Jimmy Raney

Cohn-Perkins-Kamuca "The Brothers", RCA, 1955

---------------------------------------------------------

Blue Bells

Louie Bellson

Sam Most, Debut, 1953

-------------------------------------------------------

Ferris Bender

Jackie McLean

Art Blakey "Night in Tunisia", Vik, 1957

--------------------------------------------------------

Ralph & Bert Berg

Reinhold Svensson & Charles Norman

Metronome, 1950

-------------------------------------------------------

(2) John Berks

Dizzy Gillespie

Slim Gaillard, Bel-Tone, 1945

------------------------------------------------------

Dju Berry

Stan Getz

Jimmy Gourley "No More", Musica, 1981

----------------------------------------------------------

(2) John Birks

Dizzy Gillespie

Jazz At The Philharmonic, Disc, 1946

-------------------------------------------------------------

Blockbuster

Cannonball Adderley

Jon Hendricks "A Good Git Together", Pacific Jazz, 1959

----------------------------------------------------------------

B. Bopstein

Dizzy Gillespie

Tony Scott, Gotham, 1946

---------------------------------------------------------------

Jud Brotherly

Cannonball Adderley

"Ray Brown With The All-Star Big Band", Verve, 1962

---------------------------------------------------------------

Pat Brotherly

Nat Adderley

"Ray Brown With The All-Star Big Band", Verve, 1962

-----------------------------------------------------------------

Boots Brown

Shorty Rogers

"Rock That Beat", Groove, 1952-53

RCA Victor singles, 1958

---------------------------------------------------------------

Tiger Brown

Maynard Ferguson

Ben Webster, Mercury, 1951

"Jazz Studio 4", Decca, 1955

----------------------------------------------------------

(2) John Burk

Dizzy Gillespie

Wilbert Baranco, Black & White, 1946

------------------------------------------------------------

Joe Callaghan

AndrC) Ekyan

Ducretet-Thomson, c. 1954

--------------------------------------------------------------

Lord Calvert

Nat King Cole

The Keynoters, Keynote, 1946

---------------------------------------------------------------

Steve Canyon

Stan Kenton

--------------------------------------------------------------

Billy Carton

Benny Carter

Varsity Seven, Varsity, 1939

----------------------------------------------------------

Unidentified Cat

Gato Barbieri

Carla Bley, Watt

--------------------------------------------------------------

Pete Cera

Pete Jolly

Jon Eardley "Quartet", Prestige, 1955

Shorty Rogers "The Swinging Mr. Rogers", Atlantic, 1955

------------------------------------------------------------

(3) Charlie Chan

Charlie Parker

"Jazz At Massey Hall", Debut, 1953;

Miles Davis "Collector's Items", Prestige, 1953

------------------------------------------------------------

Friendly Chap

Buddy Guy

Junior Wells "Hoodoo Man Blues, Delmark

----------------------------------------------------------------

Prince Charming

Count Basie

Kansas City Seven, Keynote, 1944

--------------------------------------------------------------

Cootie Chesterfield

Pete Candoli

Peggy Lee "Black Coffee", Decca, 1953

-----------------------------------------------------------

Joe Chevrolet

Joe Dodge

Paul Desmond "Quartet Featuring Don Elliott", Fantasy, 1956

--------------------------------------------------------

Chicago Flash

Gene Krupa

---------------------------------------------------------

I Ching

Freddie Redd

Howard McGhee "The Connection", Felsted, 1960

--------------------------------------------------------------

Ronnie Clark

Herbie Hancock

Roy Ayers bVirgo Vibesb, Atlantic, 1968

--------------------------------------------------------------

Clarence Clump

Benny Carter

Capitol, 1948

------------------------------------------------------------

Sven Coolson

Stan Getz

Jimmy Raney "Plays", Prestige, 1953

------------------------------------------------------------

Little Miss Cott

Shirley Scott

Stanley Turrentine "Dearly Beloved", Blue Note, 1961

----------------------------------------------------------

G. Reat Dane

Kai Winding

Tony Scott bSeptetb, RCA Victor, 1955

-----------------------------------------------------------

E. Dankworth

Wynton Marsalis

Marcus Roberts "Deep In The Shed", RCA

Eric Reed "It's Alright To Swing"

----------------------------------------------------------

Guy Denis

Guy Lafitte

Trummy Young, Ducretet-Thomson, 1955

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Guy Denys

Guy Lafitte

Jean-Pierre Sasson, Ducretet-Thomson, 1954

-------------------------------------------------------------

John Doe

Howard Lucraft

Howard Lucraft "Showcase For Modern Jazz", Decca, 1957

--------------------------------------------------------------

bBig Jebb Dooley

Pee Wee Erwin

bThe Dixie Rebelsb, Command, 1961

--------------------------------------------------------------

J. Dough

Johnny Guarnieri

Louis Armstrong, RCA Victor, 1946

--------------------------------------------------------------

Lonesome Dragon

Bob Moses

Gary Burton "A Genuine Tong Funeral", RCA, 1967

-----------------------------------------------------------------

Dan Drew

Elliot Lawrence

"Rock That Beat", Groove, 1952-53

---------------------------------------------------------------

Blind Willie Dunn

Eddie Lang

w/ Lonnie Johnson, 1928-29

--------------------------------------------------------------

Jules Dupont

AndrC) Persiany

Guy Lafitte, Club FranC'ais du Disque, 1954

------------------------------------------------------------

John Durante

Buck Clayton

Benny Goodman bPlays Selections Featured in the BG Storyb, Capitol, 1955)

-------------------------------------------------------------

Sir Edward

Harold Vick

"The Power of Feeling", Encounter

------------------------------------------------------------

(4) Darlene Edwards

Jo Stafford

"The Piano Artistry Of Jonathan Edwards", Columbia

---------------------------------------------------------------

(4) Jonathan Edwards

Paul Weston

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Ly N. Ell

Lionel Hampton

Eddie Condon, Commodore, 1938

--------------------------------------------------------------

Swede Enlovely

Charlie Shavers

George Williams "Rhythm Was His Business", RCA

------------------------------------------------------------------

Keats Ennam

Shelly Manne

--------------------------------------------------------------

Maggsi Evonce

Howard McGhee

Leo Parker, Savoy, 1947

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Gib Fender

Howard Roberts

June Christy "The Cool School", Capitol, 1959

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Homer Fields

Ray Bryant

Clark Terry bTread Ye Lightlyb, Cameo, 1963

Charlie Shavers, Jazz Vault, 1962

------------------------------------------------------------------

"Baron" Fingus

Charles Mingus

George Wallington Trio, Prestige, 1952

-------------------------------------------------------------------

Chicago Flash

Gene Krupa

JATP, Asch, 1944

Town Hall Concert, Disc, 1945

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Art Flickreiter

Andre Previn

Dave Pell "The Big Small Bands", Capitol, 1959

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Phil Forest

Phil Woods

Nat Pierce "Jazz Romp", Keynote, 1955

----------------------------------------------------------------

Billy Franklin

Don Goldie

"Golden Horn", Design

------------------------------------------------------------

"Wild Bill" Funaro

Wild Bill Davison

George Wettling "Jazz Trios", Kapp, 1956

------------------------------------------------------------

Phil Funk

Phil Woods

------------------------------------------------------------

Ernst Von Funkenstein

Ernie Freeman

Jimmy Witherspoon "Baby Baby Baby", Prestige, 1963

------------------------------------------------------------------

Gabriel

Dizzy Gillespie

Tempo Jazz Men, Dial, 1946

------------------------------------------------------------------

Irving Garner

Paul Smith

"The Best Of Irving Garner", Verve, 1956

Buddy DeFranco "Plays Artie Shaw", Verve, 1957

------------------------------------------------------------

Sir Jonathan Gasser

Johnny Smith

"Jazz Studio 1", Decca, 1953

--------------------------------------------------------

Hen Gates

Jimmy Forman

Al Steele, Hi-Lite, 1947

James Moody, Blue Note, 1948

----------------------------------------------------------

Hen Gates

Dizzy Gillespie

Charlie Parker, Savoy, 1945

------------------------------------------------------------

Jimmy Gloomy

James Moody

Tubby Hayes "Tubby's Back In Town", Smash, 1962

------------------------------------------------------------

(5) Doc Goldberg

Milt Hinton

George Williams "We Could Make Such Beautiful Music", RCA

----------------------------------------------------------

Izzie Goldberg

Dizzy Gillespie

Be Bop Boys, Savoy, 1946

----------------------------------------------------------

Izzy Goldberg

Dizzy Gillespie

Joe Marsala, Black & White, 1945

----------------------------------------------------------

Goliath

Lou Bennett

Jack Sels, Delahay, 1961

------------------------------------------------------------

DaWilli Gonga

George Duke

Cal Tjader "Amazonas", Fantasy; Joe Henderson "Black Miracle",

Milestone, 1975; Tom Waits "Blue Valentine", 1978; others.

-------------------------------------------------------

George Goodwin

Coleridge Goode

Ray Nance, Esquire, 1948

------------------------------------------------------

Blue Grant

Grant Green

Don Patterson "Tune Up", Prestige, 1971

---------------------------------------------------------

Roy Green

Ray Brown

Joyce Collins "Girl Here Plays Mean Piano", Jazzland, 1960

----------------------------------------------------------

Rod Gregory

Dick Hyman

"Holiday For Lovers", Waldorf, c. 1955

-----------------------------------------------------------

Earl Grey

Lou Levy

Shorty Rogers "Martians Come Back", Atlantic, 1955

------------------------------------------------------------

Zane Grudge

Don Lamond

Guss Hoo "New York Land Dixie", RCA, 1956

-------------------------------------------------------------

Deorge Guke

George Duke

John Klemmer "Touch", ABC, 1975

-------------------------------------------------------------

Aye Guy

Nat King Cole

"Lester Young Trio", Mercury, 1946

----------------------------------------------------------

(6) Ruth Haag

Betty Grable

Harry James, Columbia, 1945

-------------------------------------------------------------

Sir Osbert Haberdasher

Jimmy Raney

Al Cohn, "Mr. Music", RCA, 1954

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(7) Half-Valve

Rex Stewart

Brick Fleaglebs Rhythmakers, HRS, 1947

---------------------------------------------------------------------

J. Harjes

Johnny Hodges

Earl Hines, Apollo, 1944

------------------------------------------------------------------

Carleton Harkins

Coleman Hawkins

Varsity Seven, Varsity, 1939

----------------------------------------------------------------

Bunny Harris

Jimmy Raney

Dick Collins "King Richard...", RCA, 1954

----------------------------------------------------------------

Bernie Hart

Milt Bernhart

Jerry Fielding "Swingin' In Hi Fi", Decca, 1956

-----------------------------------------------------

Harvey

Johnny Hodges

Billy Taylor, Keynote, 1944

-----------------------------------------------------

Bert Herbert

Herb Geller

"Jazz Studio 4", Decca, 1955

-------------------------------------------------------

Junior Hifitz

Milt Hinton

Gus Hoo "New York Land Dixie", RCA 1956

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Honeyboy Homer

Ray Bryant

Gotham, 1955

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Gus Hoo

Billy Butterfield

"New York Land Dixie", RCA, 1956

-----------------------------------------------------

Ike Horowitz

Al Cohn

Urbie Green "East Coast Jazz", Bethlehem, 1955

-------------------------------------------------------

Shoeless Joe Jackson

Mel Powell

JATP, Disc, 1946

-------------------------------------------------------

Shoeless John Jackson

Benny Goodman

Mel Powell, Commodore, 1942

-------------------------------------------------------

John Jackson

Benny Goodman

Teddy Wilson, Brunswick, 1936

--------------------------------------------------------

L. Jackson

GC)o Daly

Michel de Villers, Decca, 1954

------

Sonny Jackson

King Curtis

Sue, 1961

----

Jo Jaguar

Martial Solal

Vogue EPs, 1956

----------

T-Bone Jefferson

Chris Barber

Cecil Scott, Columbia, 1959

----------

Jinx Jingles

Teddy Charles

Donald Byrd & Pepper Adams, Warwick, 1961

----------

Phil Johnson

George Shearing

Night Blooming Jazzmen, Mainstream, 1973

----------

Spider Johnson

Cannonball Adderley

Riverside single, 1962

----------

Little Jazz

Roy Eldridge

Little Jazz Ensemble, Keynote

----------

Jug

Gene Ammons

Bennie Green "Soul Stirrin'", Blue Note, 1958

----------

Stix Kahn

Teddy Charles

"Mundell Lowe Quintet", RCA Victor, 1954

----------

Joe Kalamazoo

Hubert Rostaing

Pretoria

----------

Ken Kenney

Red Norvo

"Jazz Studio 4", Decca, 1955

----------

Chuck Kidde

Charlie Shavers

Coleman Hawkins "Hawk in Hi Fi, RCA Victor, 1956

-----------

John Kildare

Dizzy Gillespie

Albinia Jones, National, 1945

---------

Oliver King

Thad Jones

Charles Mingus/John LaPorta "Jazzical Moods", Period, 1954

----------

Willie "The Rock" Knox

Dick Hyman

"Ragtime Piano", Waldorf, c. 1955

----------

Kokomo

Jimmy Wisner

"Asia Minor", Felsted

----------

Felix Krull

Horace Parlan

Booker Ervin "That's It", Candid, 1961

----------

Buckshot La Funque

Cannonball Adderley

"Here Comes Louis Smith", Blue Note, 1958

----------------------

Eddie Laguna

Nat King Cole

Herbie Haymer, Sunset, 1945

----------

Bob Landy

Bob Dylan

"The Blues Project", Elektra

---

George Lane

Eric Dolphy

John Coltrane "Ole", Atlantic, 1961

-----

Vera Lane

Helen Ward

Teddy Wilson, Brunswick, 1936

----------

Claude Laurence

AndrC) Hodeir

Swing, 1942

----------

Kansas Lawrence

Carmell Jones

Vi Redd "Bird Call", United Artists, 1962

----------

Bengt Laxeau

Bengt Hallberg

Monica Zetterlund "Swedish Sensation", Columbia, 1958

----------

L. Lee

Benny Carter

Lionel Hampton, Victor, 1939

----------

Bud Legge

Bud Shank

June Christy "The Intimate June Christy", Capitol, 1963

----------

Often LePow

Seldon Powell

George Williams "We Could Make Such Beautiful Music", RCA

-----------

Paul Leslie

Les Paul

Red Callendar, Sunset, 1945

----------

Hey Lewis

Louis Hayes

Pepper Adams & Donald Byrd "Motor City Scene", Bethlehem

----------

Jelly Roll Lipschitz

Leonard Feather

Leo Watson, Signature, 1946

----------

Little Brother

Nat Adderley

King Curtis "The New Scene Of King Curtis", New Jazz, 1960

----------

Red Loring

Red Nichols

Julia Lee, Capitol, 1947

----------

Francis Lowe

Ben Webster

Mildred Bailey, Vocalion, 1936

----------

Richard Lowman

Dick Hyman

Barbara Lea, Prestige, 1956

----------

Jack Mack

Jack McVea

Slim Gaillard, Bel-Tone, 1945

----------

(8) Maurice

Fats Waller

Eddie Condon, Commodore, 1940

----------

Buddy Maynard

Maynard Ferguson

Jerry Fielding "Swingin' In Hi Fi", Decca, 1956

----------

Henry McDode

Hampton Hawes

Jimmy Witherspoon "Singin' The Blues", World Pacific, 1958

----------

Susan Melton

Peggy Lee

Mel Torme "California Suite", Capitol, 1949

----------

Moe and Joe

J.J. Johnson & Kai Winding

Tony Aless "Long Island Suite", Roost, 1956

----------

Lex Mond

Billy Byers

Tony Scott, RCA Victor, 1956

----------

Wilmer Mosby

Don Patterson

Sonny Stitt bDeuces Wildb, Atlantic, 1966

----------

El Muchacho

Mahlon Clark

Ray Linnbs Hollywood Swing Stars, Atomic, 1946

----------

Rock Murphy

Barney Kessel

Verve 45's

----------

Shorty Nadine

Nat King Cole

Jazz At The Philharmonic, Disc, 1944

----------

Virgil Nameless

Johnny Dankworth

Cleo Laine, MGM, 1957

----------

Virgil Nameless

Tommy Whittle

Cleo Laine, Nixa, 1955

----------

Nature Boy

Nat "King" Cole

Stan Getz "Groovin' High", Crown, 1947

----------

Lord Nelson

Sonny Stitt

Sensation, 1948

----------

Geo Noby

George Daly

Trummy Young, Ducretet-Thomson, 1955

----------

Jimmy O'Heigho

Jimmy Cleveland

George Williams "Rhythm Was His Business", RCA, 1956;

Manny Albam/Ernie Wilkins "Drum Suite", RCA, 1956

----------

Derek Olphy

Allan Chase

John McNeil bFortuityb, Steeplechase, 2001

----------

Hammond Olson

Reinhold Svensson

Metronome, 1952

----------

Olson Brothers

Reinhold Svensson & Charles Norman

Esquire?, 1950

----------

A. N. Other

Allen Eager

---------

Knuckles O'Toole

Dick Hyman

Waldorf and other labels, 1950s

----------

(9) Pete Pesci

Bobby Hackett

Eddie Condon, "Bixieland", Columbia, 1955

----------

Hunt Peters

J.J. Johnson

Elvin Jones "And Then Again", Atlantic, 1965

----------

Ronnie Peters

Cannonball Adderley

Milt Jackson "Plenty Plenty Soul", Atlantic, 1957

----------

Fefe Phophum

Hal McKusick

Gus Hoo "New York Land Dixie", RCA 1956

----------

Mac Pierce

Hugh McCracken

King Curtis "Trouble In Mind", Tru-Sound, 1961

----------

Reggie Pitts

Ray Ellington

Ray Nance, Esquire, 1948

----------

Buddy Poor

Buddy Rich

Harry James "Wild About Harry", Capitol, 1957

-----------

Al Portch

Laurindo Almeida

Pete Rugolo "Percussion At Work", Mercury, 1957

----------

Al Portch

James Stagliano

Max Roach bBoston Percussion Ensembleb, Mercury, 1958

----------

(10) Cue Porter

Johnny Hodges

Billy Strayhorn "Cue For Saxophone", Felsted, 1958

Booty Wood, English Columbia, 1960

----------

Brother Powell

David Bee

Jazz Club, 1965

----------

Al Price

Bill Berry

------

Bubber Prince

Sammy Price

Albinia Jones, National, 1945

------------

The Prince

Shorty Rogers

"Jazz Studio 4", Decca, 1955

----------

Amanda B. Reckondwith

Ruth Underwood

George Duke

----------

Manhattan Red

Urbie Green

Jimmy McPartland, Design, 1960

----------

Low Reed

Michel de Villers

Guy Lafitte, PathC), 1954

Jean-Pierre Sasson, Columbia, 1955

Guy Lafitte, Columbia, 1956

----------

Ragtime Reinhold

Reinhold Svensson

Metronome, 1953 & 1955

----------

Bill Richard

Dick Katz

Ray Nance, Esquire, 1948

----------

Dirty Rivers

Muddy Waters

Otis Spann "The Blues Never Die", Prestige, 1964

----------

(11) James Rivers

Jimmy Giuffre

John Lewis bWonderful World Of Jazzb, Atlantic, 1960

----------

Lawrence Rix

Lauderic Caton

Ray Nance, Esquire, 1948

----------

Little Rock

Pharoah Sanders

Leon Thomas "Spirits Known and Unknown", Flying Dutchman, 1969

----------

Jolly Roger

Shorty Rogers

Teddy Charles "New Directions", Prestige, 1953

----------

Slim Romero

Fats Navarro

Illinois Jacquet, Aladdin, 1947

----------

Swing Roo

Cozy Cole

Teddy Wilson, Brunswick, 1937

----------

Frankie Ross

Frank Rosolino

Gene Krupa "Lemon Drop", Columbia, 1949

----------

Martial Royal

Martial Solal

Jean-Pierre Sasson, Ducretet-Thomson, 1954

----------

Art Salt

Art Pepper

Shorty Rogers "Cool & Crazy", RCA Victor, 1954

Shelly Manne & His Men, Contemporary, 1953

----------

Steve Sax

Steve Lacy

Joe Lee Wilson "Secrets From the Sun", Sun, c. 1976

----------

Joe Schmaltz

Charlie Shavers

Herbie Haymer, Sunset, 1945

----------

Joe Scott

Wynton Kelly

Sonny Criss "At The Crossroads", Peacock, 1959

----------

Sonny Scott

Hubert Rostaing

Odeon EPs, 1962

----------

Little Miss Sharecropper

Lavern Baker

National, c. 1950

----------

Manny Shell

Shelly Manne

"Wild One" soundtrack, Decca, 1954

----------

Roger Short

Shorty Rogers

"Wild One" soundtrack, Decca, 1954

----------

C.C. Siegel

J.J. Johnson

Charlie Parker 10th Memorial Concert", Limelight, 1965

----------

Big Skol

Sonny Boy Williamson

Roland Kirk "Kirk in Copenhagen", Mercury, 1963

----------

Al Smith

Teddy Wilson

Timme Rosenkrantz, Jazz Star, 1945

----------

Brother Soul

Milt Jackson

Quincy Jones "This Is How I Feel About Jazz", ABC, 1956

----------

(12) George Spelvin

Bud Shank

June Christy "Junebs Got Rhythm", Capitol, 1958

----------

Joe Splink

Clifford Scott

Richard Groove Holmes "Somethin' Special", Pacific Jazz;

Carmell Jones "Business Meeting" Pacific Jazz

----------

Kant Standhim

Stan Kenton

------------

Ken Stanton

Stan Kenton

--------

(13) Cinderella G. Stump

Jo Stafford

Red Ingle, Capitol, 1947

------------

Mad Milt Summerblouse

Boomie Richman

Gus Hoo "New York Land Dixie", RCA 1956

----------

Theoshis Tannis

Roland Kirk

Eddie Baccus "Feel Real", Smash, 1962

----------

Erskine Tearblotter

Lou McGarity

Gus Hoo "New York Land Dixie", RCA 1956

----------

A Tenorman

Ben Webster

Carmen McRae "Birds Of A Feather", Decca, 1958

----------

Ed Theodore

Prob. Teddy Edwards

Mel Torme "I Dig The Duke, I Dig The Count", Verve, 1960-61

-----------

Chuck Thomas

Woody Herman

Woody Herman, Capitol, 1949

----------

Zeke Tolin (anagram of Lee Konitz)

Lee Konitz

"Gil Evans +10", Prestige, 1957

----------

Blue Train

John Coltrane

Cecil Taylor "Stereo Drive", United Artists, 1958

----------

Bernard Trapps

Buddy Rich

George Freeman "Man & Woman ", Groove Merchant, 1974

----------

Fanfan la Tulipe

AndrC) Persiany

Trummy Young, Ducretet-Thomson, 1955

----------

Flip Turner

Flip Phillips

Jazz At The Philharmonic, Mercury, 1947

----------

Shad Turner

Joe Joe Johnson

Boots Brown & His Blockbusters, Groove, 1952

----------

Stan Turner

Stanley Turrentine

Shirley Scott, bHip Soulb, Prestige, 1961

----------

Whelan Tyme

Hal Schaefer

b8 To The Barb, United Artists, 1958

----------

Peter Urban

Art Farmer

Teddy Charles "Tentet", Atlantic, 1956

----------

James Van Dyke

Jimmy Cleveland

Gigi Gryce, "Orchestra/Quartet", Signal, 1955

----------

Luke "The Wailer"

Danny Bank

George Handy "Handyland, U.S.A.", 1954

----------

Wally Wales

Bobby Hackett

George Wein, "George Wein Sings", Atlantic, 1955

----------

Herb Walsh

Herb Geller

"Best From The West", Blue Note, 1954-55

----------

Billy Ward

Buster Bailey

Oriole, 1925

----------

(14) Roderick Ward

Branford Marsalis

Kenny Kirkland, GRP, 1991

----------

Jim Whatsmyname

Jimmy Cleveland

Lucky Thompson's ABC Paramount Lps, 1956

----------

Papa Snow White

Hot Lips Page

Mezzrow-Bechet Septet, King Jazz, 1945

----------

The Wizzard

Raymond Cheng

Frank Lowe, "Black Beings", ESP

----------

Eddie Wood

Eddie Heywood

Rex Stewart, Capitol, 1945

------

Lion Wrong

Leo Wright

Lalo Schifrin, 1960s

--------------------

Baldy Wynn

Moe Wechsler

Gus Hoo "New York Land Dixie", RCA 1956

----------

Drummer X

Chico Hamilton

John Pisano/Billy Bean "Makin' It, Decca, 1958

----------

Trumpeter X

Harry Edison

Manny Albam "Jazz Greats...", Coral, 1957

----------

Ennam Yllehs

Shelly Manne

Dave Pell, "The Big Small Bands" Capitol, 1959

----------

Ashby de la Zooch

Irving Ashby

Charles Mingus, Four Star, 1946

----------

Jack Zoot

Zoot Sims

Ernie Wilkins, RCA, 1955

----------

Greg: Here are the comments. The numbers are keyed to the numbers

in the list above:

(1) Kunst Bauer is an exact German translation of Art Farmer's name; he

was under contract to Prestige, but assured me it was OK if his name was

not used. The album, "What's New," didn't sell much but was an

extraordinary success for the two completely unknown composers of its

contents, Teo Macero and Bob Prince. I asked them each to create and

conduct a suite of about 20 minutes - the length of an LP side at that

time. Although both were completely unknown, Teo's side caught the

attention of Leonard Bernstein, who commissioned him to write a concerto

for jazz sextet and symphony orchestra, which was premiered by the New

York Philharmonic. Bob's side caught the ear of Jerome Robbins, who

commissioned him add two new movements to three of the compositions for

a ballet which Robbins called NY Export: Op. Jazz, that was a

long-running smash on Broadway, followed by two world tours, with Bob

conducting.

A kind of pseudonymic reverse happened on Teo's session. For the

personnel credits, I simply told my secretary to take the information on

the W-4 slips (which musicians filled out on each date, from which the

AFM Form B was prepared and a copy sent to the accounting department for

payments). When the album appeared, I was startled to find that one

musician, Lanny DiJay, had signed his real name as it appeared on his

Social Security card, which is why his album credit read "Orlando

DiGirolamo." That was the last time I failed to proof-read liner copy

myself.

(2) Note the three variations on John Birks Gillespie (Dizzy's full name).

.

(3) Charlie Chan: Remember your music teacher at the Solebury School?

She was Mrs.Chan Parker (Bird's common-law wife).

(4) Jonathan Edwards is a convoluted story that goes back to my college

days. Around 1957, at a sales and promotion meeting at Columbia spread

over 2 or 3 days, Paul Weston sat down at the piano after dinner,

demonstrating how he and his wife Jo Stafford had been entertaining at

parties with a spoof - Jo as Darlene Edwards, a housewife who had

"sacrificed a singing career for marriage," accompanied by her husband -

both of them incredibly inept. Jo, a great singer with dead-on pitch and

time, mastered the difficult feat of singing sharp at all times (flat

is easier), while Paul dropped and added bars, created dreadful

harmonies and missed notes magnificently -always out of time with Jo.

So we persuaded Paul to prepare an LP (first of a series of perhaps 4 or

5, which are still available on CD).

"Mr. Edwards" did not have a first name, so I proposed "Jonathan," and

here's why. Kapp Records had successfully launched a pop pianist named

Roger Williams, to rival our entry in the field, Liberace. Roger

Williams was also the name of a Revolutionary era New England preacher,

who with his followers founded the state of Rhode Island. Jonathan

Edwards was another clerical leader (in Connecticut) of the time, and my

residential college at Yale was named after him. And so the careers of

Darlene and Jonathan Edwards was launched.

Speaking of Paul and Liberace, here's how we signed Liberace. Paul was

in charge of A&R on the coast, and one day he called me to say he was

going to sign a pianist who used only his surname, but before he sent

any tapes to New York, Paul wanted me to know why he was sold on the guy.

An artist manager whose name I can't remember at the moment (he handled

folk groups including a very successful singing group we had just signed

called the Hi-Lo's) had asked Paul to tune in on a small Los Angeles TV

station at 12 noon to catch another client he thought Paul should sign

up. Paul naturally wondered why a guy playing piano for 15 minutes on a

one-lung TV station in the middle of the day should interest Columbia

Records.

"At the start of every broadcast," Paul was told, "he lights a candlebra

on the piano top, talks to the listeners between songs, tells them how

happy he is that they tuned in, asks them to tune in again tomorrow and

blows them a kiss" "So?" asked Paul. "Well, since he started

broadcasting a few weeks ago, the bank that sponsors him says they've

had about a thousand little old tennis-shoe ladies come in to transfer

their savings accounts from other banks."

(5) When he needed a nom-de-disque, Milt Hinton remembered the real Doc

Goldberg who played bass with the Hudson-Delange Orchestra, a very good

swing band of the middle thirties. Doc was good enough to be invited to

round out the Metronome Magazine All-Stars session of 1941.

(6) Ruth Haag was the maiden name of Mrs. Harry James, and her one

recording establishes that Betty Grable should have sung more often in

her films.

(7) "Half-Valve" is an apt pseudonym that describes one of the

techniques by which Rex Stewart, a great cornetist, created new sounds

on his horn, to the extent that 70 years ago I saw him onstage with Duke

Ellington, carrying on a very understandable telephone conversation with

vocalist Ivie Anderson - "Hello, John, is that you?" "Yes," etc., ending

with them having a spat, and then Ivie goes into Duke's song, "I'm

Checkin' Out, Goombye."

(8) Maurice was the name of Fats Waller's son.

(9) Pete Pesci was the manager of Eddie Condon's first jazz club on

West 3rd Street in the Village. Bobby Hackett, one of Condon's

regulars, was under contract with capital as featured solist inn Jackie

Gleason's enormously successful "mood" albums. Gleason agreed to let me

used the pseudonym - and a Down Beat reviewer hailed my discovery of a

great new trumpet player. On another Condon LP, I commented in the

annotation that a Mr. Chivas was a great help in getting the results of

the session, and another Down Beat reviewer (obviously not a connoisseur

of Scotch whiskeys) wanted to know what instrument he had played.

(10) Cue Porter was the maiden name of Mrs. Johnny Hodges.

(11) There is a real James Rivers, who also plays saxophone (as does

Jimmy Guiffre). He is a later-generation New Orleans musician.

(12) George Spelvin is a generic pseudonym established about 150 years

ago in the American theater, to be used whenever an actor doubles in a

second role.

(13) Cinderella G. Stump is a pre-Darlene Jo Stafford incarnation,

spoofing a screechy country singer of dubious pitch and a mistress of

the missing bar at the end of a phrase.

(14) Roderick Ward was (and may still be) Branford Marsalis's offstage

right-hand man.

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The current version of the pseudonyms list is on my website. This is the one and only. Accept no imitations (it has been ripped off and then left not-updated at other sites) - though it is nice to see George Avakian's comments.

And Jack Woker does take responsibility for the accuracy and will update and correct periodically.

Mike

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George e-mailed this to me the other day, and it came up on my screen as a perfect, very readable grid. I subsequently attempted to pass it on, but gave up since it always ended up looking like the post at the top of this thread.

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I hope someone enjoyed it. Some of these I knew, but most of them were new to me.

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Sorry, sar, that it appeared that way, but I wasn't putting your post down, just bemoaning the fact that the grid, which looked so perfect in my e-mail, couldn't be moved intact.

Thanks for the URL, Michael--that's what I was talking about.

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The Hi-Los were a folk group? Ah, yes -- those field recordings they made at the Cafe Bon Soir.

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I didn't see a certain old favorite here, nor on Mike's website. On Jack McDuff's "Steppin' Out" (Prestige PRST-7666), Kenny Burrell was listed as "K.B. Groovington".

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Oh, and one other- On Jack Wilson's "Brazilian Mancini" (Vault 1001), Antonio Carlos Jobim went by "Tony Brazil".

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Please do send all additions/corrections to Jack Woker via his address on my website.

Mike

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BTW Mike, has anyone done a similar (albeit much shorter) list of jazz writers' pseudonyms?

I seem to recall that Dan Morgenstern was Michael Morgan. I was Fred Nurdley, and there were quite a few more.

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No - not to my knowledge. I myself have used "Gerry Michaelson" for composing on occasion. (Mostly so when I put the pieces in front of my students they don't freak out and I can get some honest opinions.)

Mike

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Anyway, "Roderick Ward*" was Kenny Garrett, not Branford Marsalis (who appears on the Kenny Kirkland Cd under his real name).

Best, Luca

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Who is Virgel Pumphrey (sp)?

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What about Lady Will Carr? I know she was a real musician (see booklet to the Uptown Mingus collection)--however, the booklet says some claim her name was used at times by Billy Strayhorn and Mingus himself. My DJ colleague says he was told that Nat King Cole also used it on occasion--any truth to these rumors?

As for the real Lady Will Carr, I hope to run across that 4 V's Jubilee broadcast some day--sounds as if it was an interesting quartet.

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Is the mention of Earl Mabley on the Diz & Getz album nothing but a mistake as the liners to the CD reissue want us believe, or was there more behind it?

It seems a bit of a stretch to get from "Hank" to "Earl." Never saw mention of it being a middle name either. Or was it a bit of a joke in line with the Kings and Counts and Barons already around?

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Virgil Pumphrey changed his name to Absholom Benschlomo and moved to Israel many years ago. A few years ago he was back in town for a visit and played some of his new smooth-jazz, or at least fusion music, recordings on WHPK. (sigh)

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"Sir Edward" = Harold Vick

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I think it is very very cool.

I mean, yeah, ok, yeahyeahyeah, but listen to that man play that melody, geez. Harold Vick!

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Albert Golowin is an interesting one. It was an alter ego invented by Friedrich Gulda which he used for recording himself as a singer. apparently he did live gigs as well with false beards and so and the public apparently took quite a while to discover.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vO_H8kPt1T4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cB9tJOUFpdo

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