The Fantastic Nicknames of Jazz

October 13, 2019

Satchmo, Dodo, Pharaoh, Philly Joe,

Chico, Django, Dolo, Hi De Ho.

Snakehips, Hot Lips, Jeru ‘n Chu,

Eubie, Baby, Chubby, Tubby and Bu.


Plenty Kings, Queen just one, deuce of Jacks,

Gardens of Buds, pair of Boots and Sax.

Duke, Count, Baron, and Papa Jo, 

A palette of Reds, Rosy ‘n Blue Lou.


So many Kids, Big Mama, ‘n Fatha,

Frog, Fox, piece of Cake, Maharaja.

Cag, Hog and Jug, Keg and Ragbaby,                                                                                                       

The Senator, Guvnor, Pres and First Lady.


Cornbread and Fathead, the Judge ‘n Captain,

Bounce, Flip, Leap Frog over your Hammond.

There’s Tram, Slam, a Slim and a Ham,                   

Beaver, Mousie, Hawk, Hootie ‘n The Lamb.           


Jaco and Guido, Dink, Chink, and Yank,

Spike, Punch, and Corky, Tex, Mex and Hank.

Brownie and Deedles, Bird and Crane,

Keter, Klook, Big Chief, Bubber and Trane.


The High Priestess of Soul, Professor Longhair,

Ol Blue Eyes, The Prince of Darkness, Papa and Bear.

The Divine One, Lord, God, and Tain,  

Even The Great Dane with the Never-Ending Name.       



The Fantastic Nicknames of Jazz - The real names


Louis Armstrong, Michael Marmarosa, Farrell Sanders, Joe Jones

Earl Freeman, Jean Baptiste Reinhart, Charles Mitchell Coker, Cab Calloway

Ken Johnson, Oran Page, Gerry Mulligan, Leon Berry

James Hubert Blake, Warren Dodds, Greig Stewart Jackson, Alfred Hall, Art Blakey


Buddy Bolden, Peggy Lee, Truman Eliot Jenney & Weldon Teagarden,

Earl Rudolph Powell & Bernard Rich, Clifford Douglas & Henry Mussulli, Oett Mallard

Edward Ellington, William Basie, Charles Mingus, Jonathan David Samuel Jones

Kenneth Norville, James McHargue, Lou Marini


Avery Howard, Willie Mae Thornton, Earl Hines

Ben Webster, Maynard Ferguson, Al Wichard, Oscar Peterson

Ernie Cagnolatti, Leroy Cooper, Gene Ammons, Frederic Johnson, Joe Stephens

Eugene Wright, Ken Colyer, Lester Young, Ella Fitzgerald 


Hal Singer, David Newman, Milt Hinton, John Handy

George Mraz, Joseph Edward Filipelli, James Joseph Bennett, Johnny Smith

Frank Trumbauer, Leroy Stewart, Bulee Gaillard, Leonard Davis

William Harris, Elmer Alexander, Coleman Hawkins, Jay McShann, Donald Lambert


John Pastorius, Nicholas Krolak, Ollie Johnson, Martin Abraham, John Lawson,

Edward Bertholf Robinson, Ernest Miller, Edward Cornelius, Gordon Lee Beneke,

Paul Gonsalves, Bernie Ross Crawford

Clifford Brown, Diane Schuur, Charlie Parker, Dave Burns

William Thomas Betts, Kenny Clarke, Russell Moore, James Miley, John Coltrane


Nina Simone, Henry Byrd,

Frank Sinatra, Miles Davis, Louis Tio, Eddie Costa

Sarah Vaughan, Chauncey Westbrook, Art Tatum, Jeff Watts

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