The Jazz Nickname Game

There are a lot of great jazz musicians who had interesting nicknames - in each grouping below, there are three real names of jazz musicians, and one fake name - can you pick which name is the imposter in each set?


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Click the circle next to the name that you think is a fake jazz nickname. There are indeed some wacky nicknames in here, but keep in mind that 3 out of each grouping of 4 are real jazz musicians.

Group #1:
  • Cannonball Adderley
  • Lovie Austin
  • Bombastic Billerbeck
  • Billy Bang


Group #2:
  • Count Basie
  • Bix Beiderbecke
  • Bunny Berigan
  • Bubbles McCoy


Group #3:
  • Hotdog Houlihan
  • Tubby Hayes
  • Baby Dodds
  • Lockjaw Davis


Group #4:
  • Kid Ory
  • Hot Lips Page
  • Pillowhead Peterson
  • Zoot Sims


Group #5:
  • Shorty Miller
  • Jabbo Smith
  • Pharoah Sanders
  • Fats Waller


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Correct answers (the nicknames which were the fakes):

Jazz Musicians Cannonball Adderley, Bunny Berigan, Lockjaw Davis, and Fats Waller

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