Top Ten List of Jazz Nicknames

Jazz musicians seem to have a tendency to pick up nicknames, often becoming better known by their nickname than their given name.  Below is our top ten list of jazz nicknames:
10.  Cannonball Adderley

9.  Zoot Sims

8.  Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson

7.  Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis

6.  Milt “Bags” Jackson

5.  David “Fathead” Newman

4.  Oran “Hot Lips” Page

3.  Dizzy Gillespie

2.  Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown

1.  “Jelly Roll” Morton

Of course there are many other known jazz nicknames, such as Duke Ellington, Bix Beiderbecke, and Charlie Parker being known as “Bird,” so we should clarify our list as being the ones we find most-amusing.  If you know any more good ones, please share them with us!

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