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Initial post: Aug 30, 2008 4:43:47 AM PDT
Marc Davis says:
The recent thread about George Washingmachine made me think: What are the weirdest names in jazz? At first, I was turned off by a musician with such a ridiculous name. Then I realized my favorite jazz pianist is named Thelonious. What kind of name is THAT?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 30, 2008 4:58:22 AM PDT
How about Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 30, 2008 5:00:43 AM PDT
Then there is Django and Zoot.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 30, 2008 5:19:07 AM PDT
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You simply wont beat the American Bass Player:- Spanky DeBrest. In case you think I'm kidding, 'google' him up!

Anyone heard of a Russian ballet dancer called 'Ivor Bollokoff' 'No' don't 'google' this one up!

If there is a George Washingmachine, perhaps there might be a Fred Spindryer out there somewhere!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 30, 2008 5:33:02 AM PDT
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E. Gauthier says:
With jazz being played all over the world there are some very odd names out there .

Eldar
sweets edison
Toots
Phineas Newborn Jr

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 30, 2008 9:04:28 AM PDT
stevign says:
Marc:

Oliver T. Shagnasty

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 30, 2008 9:18:54 AM PDT
Nikica Gilic says:
Illinois Jacquet
Dakota Stanton
Niels Hanning Oersted Pedersen

How 'bout some of names from Croatia - how does it sound to you?
Miljenko Prohaska
Miroslav Sedak Benčić
Ozren Depolo
Ladislav Fidry
Silvije Glojnarić
Zdenka Kovačiček
Igor Geržina
Luka Ujdbinac

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 30, 2008 9:26:44 AM PDT
Gladstone Screwer

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 30, 2008 10:03:09 AM PDT
stevign says:
Harpo and Chico Marx

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 30, 2008 10:26:14 AM PDT
M. Evertsen says:
Grassella Oliphant

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 30, 2008 12:13:24 PM PDT
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Robert Payne says:
Ratzo Harris

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 30, 2008 1:20:04 PM PDT
Marc Davis says:
I do love Eldar. Sounds like the name of a robot from a bad sci fi movie.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 30, 2008 1:30:11 PM PDT
Torch says:
Buhaina?

How about Bleeding Gums Murphy?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 30, 2008 1:41:02 PM PDT
Marc Davis says:
"How about Bleeding Gums Murphy?"
Ah yes, the Sonny Rollins of Springfield!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 30, 2008 1:49:38 PM PDT
Torch says:
"Sax on the Beach" was when he was at his finest.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 30, 2008 3:01:09 PM PDT
stevign says:
Marc:

Despite a relatively brief career (he first came to notice as a sideman at age 29 in 1955, formally launched a solo career at 33 in 1960, and was dead at 40 in 1967), saxophonist Bleeding Gums Murphy was among the most important, and most controversial, figures in jazz. It seems amazing that his period of greatest activity was so short, not only because he recorded prolifically, but also because, taking advantage of his fame, the record companies that recorded him as a sideman in the 1950s frequently reissued those recordings under his name and there has been a wealth of posthumously released material as well. Since Murphy was a protean player who changed his style radically over the course of his career, this has made for much confusion in his discography and in appreciations of his playing. There remains a critical divide between the adherents of his earlier, more conventional (if still highly imaginative) work and his later, more experimental work. No one, however, questions Bleeding Gums Murphy's almost religious commitment to jazz or doubts his significance in the history of the music

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 30, 2008 4:14:47 PM PDT
Marc Davis says:
And, of course, spiritual muse to Lisa Simpson.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 30, 2008 5:29:46 PM PDT
stevign

"Oliver T. Shagnasty"

I don't think he is a jazz musician - is he?
His last name is probably a nickname given to him by the girls in college.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 30, 2008 6:10:26 PM PDT
stevign says:
Marc:

re: "spiritual muse to Lisa Simpson"

Yes, of course. Lisa is our Cyber Mascot here at the Jazz Forum.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 30, 2008 6:11:35 PM PDT
stevign says:
DS:

re: "I don't think he is a jazz musician - is he?"

No, he's made up.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 30, 2008 7:01:25 PM PDT
stevign

Google Shagnasty - there is a Oliver T

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 30, 2008 7:49:30 PM PDT
stevign says:
DS:

Yes I know, I tryed for that name when I joined Amazon but it was taken. The joke name has been around for a loooonnng time.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 30, 2008 10:04:34 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Aug 30, 2008 11:33:11 PM PDT
Warren Weise says:
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Terje Rypdal
Miroslav Vitous
Trilok Gurtu
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Ake Persson
Beaver Harris
Wingy Manone
Hot Lips Page
Slam Stewart
Makoto Ozone
Tootie Heath
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Jean-Luc Ponty
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In reply to an earlier post on Aug 31, 2008 1:21:52 AM PDT
Warren Weise

Some good ones in your list, but I vote Spanky de Brest as the best one so far.
A nickname and a genuine surname - it's the combination that makes it odd.

Japanese and Croation names etc may sound odd to us, but not to Japanese, Croations etc.
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