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Jazz musicians: One name is all you need...

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Includes one-word nicknames...

Miles

Trane

Monk

Ornette

Tolliver

Herbie

Pops

Duke

Gotta be hundreds more... Don't know where this is going, but this thought (and thread topic) occured to me as I was typing various names into the eBay search engine. I mean, you really don't ever need to type "Ornette Coleman", since there ain't gonna be no hits on "Ornette" that don't apply to the Ornette. :g

I also thought of this when my wife chided me for refering to so many jazz musicians by just their first name, as if I knew them personally. (Me: "Herbie this", and "Chick" that, and - well you get the idea.) In some ways, it's kind of like an 'insiders code', between jazz fans - when you don't need to mention full names in order to be completely understood.

Ever meet somebody for the very first time, find out that they're a jazz fan with some reasonably semi-deep knowlege of the music - and instantly start talking about common musical interests, using the shorthand names (either just the first name, or last - whichever more uniquely identifies the artist in question), that we all know and love?? And, how easy that is to do, without even giving it a second thought??

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Unfortunately, one of my personal favorites doesn't have a unique enough first or last name to do this with...

Joe Henderson (Several other Joe's and a couple Henderson's too.)

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And then there's poor, poor Bill Evans (both of them!!) - neither one of them has a unique first/last name combination!!! :( ( ;) )

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The Count (well, that's two).

Hank

Bags

JJ

Fatha

Bud (for me at least, that would be the one and only Bud Powell)

Buddy (for the drummin' man)

Hamp

Fats

Cannonball

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Waller or Navarro? Diz Dizley? Dizzy Reece? Hank Crawford? Duke Pearson? Meredith Monk? Monk Montgomery? Buddy Miles?

Come on, we need some REAL distinctive names: Dusko, Sirone, Muhal, Airto, Avishai, Santi, Tootie, Olatunji, Hannibal, Patato, Cachao, Varty, NHØP, Åke, Vijay, Urbie, Paquito, Jiggs, Grady, Cedar, Muruga, Badal, Nana.....

Mike (not even close)

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Jaco

Thad

Bu

Chet

Mingus

Lee

Max

Freddie

God (though I doubt if people called A.Tatum this all that much)

Kenny (though these days people might think of G.)

:eye:

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Lee

Freddie

Konitz or Morgan?

Hubbard or Roach or Redd or ....?

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Just to make it personal: Roscoe, Bowie, Muhal, Braxton, Threadgill, Favors, Warne, Jarman, Von, Lucky, Bradford, Wadada, Mars, etc.

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Satch

Jaws

Zutty

Baby

Chet

Gerry

Griff

Dolphy

Newk

Vice-Pres

PC

G-Man

How about a few that leave one guessing:

Sonny?

Red?

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Sassy

(Sarah)

Ella

Carmen

Billie

Bessie

Count

Toots

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Cab

Elvin

Chu

Dodo

Lucky (should be Unlucky)

Clifford

Django

Pee Wee

Chano

Gato

Bunny

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The great thing about Ornette, is that you can type just "Ornette" into Allmusic (and hit search), and it'll take you directly to his entry. Doesn't even give you a big list of names to choose from that all match somewhat.

Ornette really is an original!!! :D:D:D

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Pops

Pops Foster or Pops/Satchmo (Louis Armstrong) ?

-Tete

-Toshiko

-Chu

-Cab

-Big Sid

-Lockjaw

-Jelly Roll

-Bix

-Tootie

-The lion

-Lux

-Mezz

-Tricky Sam

-Cootie

-Bubber

-Fathead

-Hot lips

-Ma

Edited by EKE BBB

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Do you mean Ish, uncle of Sigourney Weaver?

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The one name that came to mind that could cause confusion, which somebody mentioned, is Sonny. There's 3 that come to mind, Rollins, Stitt and Clark. Which one comes to your mind first? To me, it's Stitt, but objectively, it's probably Rollins and probably no one would think of Sonny Clark.

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