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Jazz guys named Sonny

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I doubt any were officially named Sonny at birth, but Sonnys are abundant in jazz:

  • Sonny Rollins
  • Sonny Clark
  • Sonny Stitt
  • Sonny Criss
  • Sonny Simmons
  • Sonny Red

I'm sure there are more.    

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Sonny Sharrock 

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Murray? He’s technically a “Sunny” but you see it spelt with an “o” sometimes (e.g., “Sonny’s Time Now”).

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Sonny Greer, Sonny Fortune, Sonny Phillips

 

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Sonny Greenwich

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Sonny Cox

 

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Sonny Berman

Sonny Dallas

Sonny Grey

Sonny Parker

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Sonny Cohn

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Blues harmonica player and singer - Sonny Boy Williamson

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20 minutes ago, Peter Friedman said:

Blues harmonica player and singer - Sonny Boy Williamson

both of them!

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Posted (edited)

If Sunny Murray is included, then include Sunny Clapp (also refered to as Sonny here and there) too ;)

And then, moving into other periods of jazz that otherwise tend to get overlooked: :D

Sonny Burke

Sonny Dunham

- and Sonny Boy WILLIAMS too!

 

And not to forget

Sonny Thompson

 

 

Edited by Big Beat Steve

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Sonny Bravo (Latin Jazz guy)

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Sonny Truitt

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Sonny/Sunny Morgan percussionist (have seen it spelled both ways).

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Another blues harmonica player and singer - Sonny Terry

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Sonny Igoe- great jazz big band drummer.

Sonny Land- trumpet player/big band leader

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Even more than I expected...and many I've never heard of.

 

 

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I like that Dallas/Plano tenor player "Sonny" Sangrey.  

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32 minutes ago, jazzbo said:

I like that Dallas/Plano tenor player "Sonny" Sangrey.  

He died, you know. Self-inflicted mental wounds.

In some circles (corners, actually), rumor has it that he faked his own death. But until you see him in the flesh, actually playing...don't believe them rumors.

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Unfortunately, the man is all but forgotten today, but Stan Getz had a younger brother -- Sidney, aka "Sonny" -- who tried to pursue a career as a jazz trumpet player.  He was a pretty good musician, but due to a combination of personal demons and standing in the shadow of his more famous sibling, his career never really took off.  There appears to be no recorded legacy of his musicianship, but his playing impressed quite a few people back in the day -- so much so that some one even wrote a song in honor of his musical talent.  Perhaps you have heard of "When Sonny Getz Blew". :w

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His eyes were grey and cloudy...

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