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Great Jazz names (apart from Thelonious Monk)

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Jason Adasiewicz (that's pronounced "Featherstonehaugh").

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Pee Wee Russell

Tiny Parham

Big Sid Catlett

Big Miller

Sir Charles Thompson

Sir Roland Hanna

Slide Hampton

Tricky Lofton

Speed Webb

Dollar Brand aka Abdullah Ibrahim

Red Allen

Red Richards

Red Kelly

Alton 'Slim' Moore

Big Chief Russell Moore

and then, of course, there's Bullmoose Jackson who had great jazzmen like Tadd Dameron, Clifford Brown, Benny Golson and Philly Joe Jones in his band in the the mid 1950s

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The pig latinized Anita O'Day

Buzzy Drootin

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Dudley Fosdick

Billy Strayhorn

Edited by matteson

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Four pages and nobody's mentioned Howdy Quicksell yet?

Cladys "Jabbo" Smith -- or anyone else named Jabbo

Gene "Honeybear" Sedric

Omer Simeon

Barney Bigard

Andres "Fats Ford" Merenguito

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Guy Viveros

Bubba Brooks

Anyone (or almost anyone, in case there's a dud I'm forgetting) with the title "Sir"

Also, isn't Earl Swope a great name for a trombonist? Especially one who played like Earl Swope

Ha. That's weird. I was just driving home from a football game tonight, and was thinking of this thread - and was planning to check if anyone had mentioned the 'sirs" :g

Sir Roland Hanna

Sir Charles Thompson

Sir Mick Jagger

Edited by freelancer

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Tadd Dameron

Marky Markowitz

Little Brother Montgomery

Sweet Emma Barrett

Dud Bascomb

Pharoah Sanders

Boots Randolph

Muggsy Spanier

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Ronnie Schatt

Dick Wellstood

Big P

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How about great (nickname-ish) jazz names that are strikingly similar, playing the same instrument and, above all, (virtually) contemporary?

Corky Cornelius

Corky Corcoran

Almost makes you think the Corkies were coined by the same person(s).

 

And, OTOH, if there were a thread (and I know I am going out on a limb here ;)) about nondescript jazz names then my #1 among the nondescriptest names of all is and remains

Andrew Hill

A common and unaltered "straight" first name along with a common monosyllabic last name just don't "sound" and don't "project" anything. ;)

Edited by Big Beat Steve

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Pee Wee Russell and Woody Shaw are both favorite jazz names of mine.

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On 7/5/2012 at 11:08 AM, Cyril said:

Slim Gaillard

That would have been my choice.

Dodo (already mentioned is a cool one). Aside from him and Bird, I wonder how many other others there are with a bird in their name or nickname. 

Edited by Brad

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Well I have heard a certain Mr. Coleman called "the Hawk." 

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14 hours ago, Brad said:

Aside from him and Bird, I wonder how many other others there are with a bird in their name or nickname. 

Well, there is Gary Peacock and Nicki Parrott, not to mention Fletcher Henderson . . .

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Gary Peacock's wife was called Garina Peahen.

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