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Names That Sound Like Jazz Guys, But Aren't

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MSNBC has a reporter named Vaughn Hilliard.  Doesn't that sound like a guy in Ellington's band?  I can just hear Duke's voice on the Newport '56 album:

"Ray Nance...Russell Procope...Vaughn Hilliard..."

 

 

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2 minutes ago, Teasing the Korean said:

"Ray Nance...Russell Procope...Vaughn Hiliard..."

 

:D  It does.

 

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4 minutes ago, BillF said:

Dale Turner?

I dunno, that name may sound more like a co-star on 77 Sunset Strip or Hawaiian Eye.

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Casey Kasem (I picture him on vibes)

Yogi Berra (a little known bass player, but he frequently gigged with Buzzy Drootin back in the day and it was tough to top the rhythm team of Buzzy and Yogi)

Edited by duaneiac

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Ted Mack

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Okay -- we all know everybody's thinking it, so I'm just going to go ahead and put it out there:

Marsalis

(kidding, kidding, we kid because we love) :cool:

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Chet Huntley

Chester A. Arthur

 

Blu Moon Odom

Catfish Hunter

Reggie Jackson

Lester Holt (actually does play bass!)

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Kirby Puckett (this Toledo based trombonist is perhaps best known for having played -- but never recorded -- with the Kenton band in 1953/4)

Jerry Mahoney (a popular clarinetist whose boyish good looks helped land him the spot as the leader of the house band of the popular mob-controlled Hollywood nightspot, El Cuspidor, in the late 1930s)

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Lamont Sanford

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Marjorie Taylor Greene (the famous "Hotsy Totsy Gal From Harlem" -- title of her famous 1938 hit -- who some called the "female Art Tatum", which was not as  appreciated as one might think since it was a comment on her physical resemblance to the piano legend and not her own musical abilities on her beloved sarrussophone)

Lou Grant (this Hammond  B-3 master spent most of his career in his hometown of Dallas, but his music has gained a cult following thanks to his funky 1966 hit, "Chitlins and Chop Suey")

Thurston Howell III (this trombonist's career was cut tragically short by a freak car accident -- even though people had warned him not to get in that car with that freak -- but not before he recorded his magnum opus, Howl By Howell, his musical presentation of the Allen Ginsberg classic)

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Buddy Sorrell

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Oil Can Boyd

Cool Papa Bell

Shoeless Joe Jackson

Three Finger Brown

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Some circa 1970 sportsmen:

Leron Lee

Scipio Spinks

Warren Jabali

Joe Pepitone

Carmen Fanzone - he was a jazz guy!

Cliff Pondexter (a little later)

Edited by T.D.

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Mack Davis

Theo Huxtable

Buddy Hackett

Gene Scott

 

Leon Panetta

Walter Johnson

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Most critics consider pianist Wilt Chamberlain's "classic" trio to be the 1965-67 group with bassist Jimmy Connors and drummer Cleavon Little.

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Little Ricky Ricardo

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Pops Poopadeaix

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Trumpeter Spuds Mackenzie was part of Chicago's famed "Austin High Gang", but he unfortunately died at the age of 22 in a freak boating accident -- even though people warned him not to go boating with that freak.

Percussionist Luis Tiant went from being a member of Tito Puente's band to fronting his own popular Latin jazz group before he unfortunately died at the age of 28 in a freak training accident -- even though people warned him not to train that freak.

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Brooks & Frank Robinson

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