Jazz Musician Pseudonyms

compiled by Jack Woker

rev. July 3, 2005

Contributors: Chuck Nessa, Dave Royko, Francois Ziegler, Martin Milgrim, John Hood, Tim Brockett, Anthony Agostinelli, Linda Shank, Ed Barr, John Pickworth, Peter Friedman, Michael Fitzgerald, Doug Norwood, Luca Conti, David Toman, Henry Schmidt, Dennis Whitling, Ed Berger, M. Heckman, Steve Schwartz, Jonathan Kutler, Danny D'Imperio, Tim Hume, Phil Stein, Lenny Mazel, Bob Roberts, Paul Costuros, Larry Israel, Bill Gallagher, Don Frese, Thomas Matta, Michael Weil, Wellington Choy, Phil Grenadier, Don Ingle, Big Joe, Paul Wells, Ken Dryden, Carlos Schvartzman, Mark Ladenson, Chris Sheridan, Tom Tsotsi, Jim Rowan, Art Zimmerman, Chris Albertson, David Langner, Joel Pitcoff, Barry Velleman

And thanks to many others who made contributions I already had.


Pseudonym

Real Name

Album

Shoeless Henry Aaron

Harry Allen

Bob Wilber "Budafora Blowup", Arbors 1996

Gabriel Armstrong

Jon Faddis

Al Grey "Live At The Floating Jazz Festival", Chiaroscuro, 1990

Bill Bailey

Count Basie

Joe Newman & the Boys in the Band, Storyville, 1954

Barbecue Joe

Wingy Manone

Champion, 1930

Kunst Bauer

Art Farmer

Teo Macero "What's New?", Columbia, 1955

Buzzy Bavarian

Al Gafa

Kai Winding, "Dirty Dog", Verve, 1966

Johnny Beecher

Plas Johnson

"Sax Fifth Avenue", Charter, 1962

Sam Beethoven

Jimmy Raney

Cohn-Perkins-Kamuca "The Brothers", RCA, 1955

Blue Bells

Louie Bellson

Sam Most, Debut, 1953

Ferris Bender

Jackie McLean

Art Blakey "Night in Tunisia", Vik, 1957

Ralph & Bert Berg

Reinhold Svensson & Charles Norman

Metronome, 1950

John Berks

Dizzy Gillespie

Slim Gaillard, Bel-Tone, 1945

Dju Berry

Stan Getz

Jimmy Gourley "No More", Musica, 1981

John Birks

Dizzy Gillespie

Jazz At The Philharmonic, Disc, 1946

Blockbuster

Cannonball Adderley

Jon Hendricks "A Good Git Together", Pacific Jazz, 1959

B. Bopstein

Dizzy Gillespie

Tony Scott, Gotham, 1946

Tony Brazil Antonio Carlos Jobim Jack Wilson "Brazilian Mancini", Vault, 1965

Jud Brotherly

Cannonball Adderley

"Ray Brown With The All-Star Big Band", Verve, 1962

Pat Brotherly

Nat Adderley

"Ray Brown With The All-Star Big Band", Verve, 1962

Boots Brown

Shorty Rogers

"Rock That Beat", Groove, 1952-53
RCA Victor singles, 1958

Tiger Brown

Maynard Ferguson

Ben Webster, Mercury, 1951
"Jazz Studio 4", Decca, 1955

John Burk

Dizzy Gillespie

Wilbert Baranco, Black & White, 1946

Joe Callaghan

André Ekyan

Ducretet-Thomson, c. 1954

Lord Calvert

Nat King Cole

The Keynoters, Keynote, 1946

Steve Canyon

Stan Kenton

 

Billy Carton

Benny Carter

Varsity Seven, Varsity, 1939

Unidentified Cat

Gato Barbieri

Carla Bley, Watt

Pete Cera

Pete Jolly

Jon Eardley "Quartet", Prestige, 1955
Shorty Rogers "The Swinging Mr. Rogers", Atlantic, 1955

Charlie Chan

Charlie Parker

"Jazz At Massey Hall", Debut, 1953;
Miles Davis "Collector's Items", Prestige, 1953

Friendly Chap

Buddy Guy

Junior Wells "Hoodoo Man Blues, Delmark

Prince Charming

Count Basie

Kansas City Seven, Keynote, 1944

Cootie Chesterfield

Pete Candoli

Peggy Lee "Black Coffee", Decca, 1953

Joe Chevrolet

Joe Dodge

Paul Desmond "Quartet Featuring Don Elliott", Fantasy, 1956

Chicago Flash

Gene Krupa

 

I Ching

Freddie Redd

Howard McGhee "The Connection", Felsted, 1960

Ronnie Clark

Herbie Hancock

Roy Ayers “Virgo Vibes”, Atlantic, 1968

Clarence Clump

Benny Carter

Capitol, 1948

Sven Coolson

Stan Getz

Jimmy Raney "Plays", Prestige, 1953

Little Miss Cott

Shirley Scott

Stanley Turrentine "Dearly Beloved", Blue Note, 1961

G. Reat Dane

Kai Winding

Tony Scott “Septet”, RCA Victor, 1955

E. Dankworth

Wynton Marsalis

Marcus Roberts "Deep In The Shed", RCA
Eric Reed "It's Alright To Swing"

Guy Denis

Guy Lafitte

Trummy Young, Ducretet-Thomson, 1955

Guy Denys

Guy Lafitte

Jean-Pierre Sasson, Ducretet-Thomson, 1954

Disco Kid ? Sun Ra "Lanquidity", Philly Jazz, 1978

John Doe

Howard Roberts

Howard Lucraft "Showcase For Modern Jazz", Decca, 1957

“Big Jeb” Dooley

Pee Wee Erwin

“The Dixie Rebels”, Command, 1961

J. Dough

Johnny Guarnieri

Louis Armstrong, RCA Victor, 1946

Lonesome Dragon

Bob Moses

Gary Burton "A Genuine Tong Funeral", RCA, 1967

Dan Drew

Elliot Lawrence

"Rock That Beat", Groove, 1952-53

Blind Willie Dunn

Eddie Lang

w/ Lonnie Johnson, 1928-29

Jules Dupont

André Persiany

Guy Lafitte, Club Français du Disque, 1954

John Durante

Buck Clayton

Benny Goodman “Plays Selections Featured in the BG Story”, Capitol, 1955)

Sir Edward

Harold Vick

"The Power of Feeling", Encounter

Darlene Edwards

Jo Stafford

"The Piano Artistry Of Jonathan Edwards", Columbia

Jonathan Edwards

Paul Weston

 

Ly N. Ell

Lionel Hampton

Eddie Condon, Commodore, 1938

Swede Enlovely

Charlie Shavers

George Williams "Rhythm Was His Business", RCA

Keats Ennam

Shelly Manne

 

Maggsi Evonce

Howard McGhee

Leo Parker, Savoy, 1947

Gib Fender

Howard Roberts

June Christy "The Cool School", Capitol, 1959

Homer Fields

Ray Bryant

Clark Terry “Tread Ye Lightly”, Cameo, 1963
Charlie Shavers, Jazz Vault, 1962

"Baron" Fingus

Charles Mingus

George Wallington Trio, Prestige, 1952

Chicago Flash

Gene Krupa

JATP, Asch, 1944
Town Hall Concert, Disc, 1945

Art Flickreiter

Andre Previn

Dave Pell "The Big Small Bands", Capitol, 1959

Phil Forest

Phil Woods

Nat Pierce "Jazz Romp", Keynote, 1955

Billy Franklin

Don Goldie

"Golden Horn", Design

"Wild Bill" Funaro

Wild Bill Davison

George Wettling "Jazz Trios", Kapp, 1956

Phil Funk

Phil Woods

 Billy Byers "Jazz Workshop", RCA 1955

Ernst Von Funkenstein

Ernie Freeman

Jimmy Witherspoon "Baby Baby Baby", Prestige, 1963

Gabriel

Dizzy Gillespie

Tempo Jazz Men, Dial, 1946

Irving Garner

Paul Smith

"The Best Of Irving Garner", Verve, 1956
Buddy DeFranco "Plays Artie Shaw", Verve, 1957

Sir Jonathan Gasser

Johnny Smith

"Jazz Studio 1", Decca, 1953

Hen Gates

Jimmy Forman

Al Steele, Hi-Lite, 1947
James Moody, Blue Note, 1948

Hen Gates

Dizzy Gillespie

Charlie Parker, Savoy, 1945

Jimmy Gloomy

James Moody

Tubby Hayes "Tubby's Back In Town", Smash, 1962

Doc Goldberg

Milt Hinton

George Williams "We Could Make Such Beautiful Music", RCA

Izzie Goldberg

Dizzy Gillespie

Be Bop Boys, Savoy, 1946

Izzy Goldberg

Dizzy Gillespie

Joe Marsala, Black & White, 1945 

Goliath

Lou Bennett

Jack Sels, Delahay, 1961

DaWilli Gonga

George Duke

Cal Tjader "Amazonas", Fantasy; Joe Henderson "Black Miracle", Milestone, 1975; Tom Waits "Blue Valentine", 1978; others.

George Goodwin

Coleridge Goode

Ray Nance, Esquire, 1948

Blue Grant

Grant Green

Don Patterson "Tune Up", Prestige, 1971

Roy Green

Ray Brown

Joyce Collins "Girl Here Plays Mean Piano", Jazzland, 1960

Rod Gregory

Dick Hyman

"Holiday For Lovers", Waldorf, c. 1955

Earl Grey

Lou Levy

Shorty Rogers "Martians Come Back", Atlantic, 1955

K. B. Groovington Kenny Burrell Jack McDuff "Steppin' Out", Prestige, 1966

Zane Grudge

Don Lamond

Guss Hoo "New York Land Dixie", RCA, 1956

Deorge Guke

George Duke

John Klemmer "Touch", ABC, 1975

Aye Guy

Nat King Cole

"Lester Young Trio", Mercury, 1946

Ruth Haag

Betty Grable

Harry James, Columbia, 1945

Sir Osbert Haberdasher

Jimmy Raney

Al Cohn, "Mr. Music", RCA, 1954

Half-Valve

Rex Stewart

Brick Fleagle’s Rhythmakers, HRS, 1947

Hendrie Hall Eli  Newberger Tin Rainbow Jazz Band

J. Harjes

Johnny Hodges

Earl Hines, Apollo, 1944

Carleton Harkins

Coleman Hawkins

Varsity Seven, Varsity, 1939

Bunny Harris

Jimmy Raney

Dick Collins "King Richard...", RCA, 1954

Bernie Hart

Milt Bernhart

Jerry Fielding "Swingin' In Hi Fi", Decca, 1956

Harvey

Johnny Hodges

Billy Taylor, Keynote, 1944

Bert Herbert

Herb Geller

"Jazz Studio 4", Decca, 1955

Junior Hifitz

Milt Hinton

Gus Hoo "New York Land Dixie", RCA 1956

Honeyboy Homer

Ray Bryant

Gotham, 1955

Gus Hoo

Billy Butterfield

"New York Land Dixie", RCA, 1956

Ike Horowitz

Al Cohn

Urbie Green "East Coast Jazz", Bethlehem, 1955

Shoeless Joe Jackson

Mel Powell

JATP, Disc, 1946

Shoeless John Jackson

Benny Goodman

Mel Powell, Commodore, 1942

John Jackson

Benny Goodman

Teddy Wilson, Brunswick, 1936

L. Jackson

Géo Daly

Michel de Villers, Decca, 1954

Sonny Jackson

King Curtis

Sue, 1961

Jo Jaguar

Martial Solal

Vogue EPs, 1956

Jesse James Zoot Sims Larry Sonn "Jazz Band Having A Ball", Dot, 1958

T-Bone Jefferson

Chris Barber

Cecil Scott, Columbia, 1959

Jinx Jingles

Teddy Charles

Donald Byrd & Pepper Adams, Warwick, 1961

Phil Johnson

George Shearing

Night Blooming Jazzmen, Mainstream, 1973

Spider Johnson

Cannonball Adderley

Riverside single, 1962

Little Jazz

Roy Eldridge

Little Jazz Ensemble, Keynote

Jug

Gene Ammons

Bennie Green "Soul Stirrin'", Blue Note, 1958

Stix Kahn

Teddy Charles

"Mundell Lowe Quintet", RCA Victor, 1954

Joe Kalamazoo

Hubert Rostaing

Pretoria

Ken Kenney

Red Norvo

"Jazz Studio 4", Decca, 1955

Chuck Kidde

Charlie Shavers

Coleman Hawkins "Hawk in Hi Fi, RCA Victor, 1956

John Kildare

Dizzy Gillespie

Albinia Jones, National, 1945

Oliver King

Thad Jones

Charles Mingus/John LaPorta "Jazzical Moods", Period, 1954

Willie "The Rock" Knox

Dick Hyman

"Ragtime Piano", Waldorf, c. 1955

Kokomo

Jimmy Wisner

"Asia Minor", Felsted

Felix Krull

Horace Parlan

Booker Ervin "That's It", Candid, 1961

Buckshot La Funque

Cannonball Adderley

"Here Comes Louis Smith", Blue Note, 1958

Eddie Laguna

Nat King Cole

Herbie Haymer, Sunset, 1945

Bob Landy

Bob Dylan

"The Blues Project", Elektra

George Lane

Eric Dolphy

John Coltrane "Ole", Atlantic, 1961

Vera Lane

Helen Ward

Teddy Wilson, Brunswick, 1936

Claude Laurence

André Hodeir

Swing, 1942

Kansas Lawrence

Carmell Jones

Vi Redd "Bird Call", United Artists, 1962

Bengt Laxeau

Bengt Hallberg

Monica Zetterlund "Swedish Sensation", Columbia, 1958

L. Lee

Benny Carter

Lionel Hampton, Victor, 1939

Bud Legge

Bud Shank

June Christy "The Intimate June Christy", Capitol, 1963

Often LePow

Seldon Powell

George Williams "We Could Make Such Beautiful Music", RCA

Paul Leslie

Les Paul

Red Callendar, Sunset, 1945

Hey Lewis

Louis Hayes

Pepper Adams & Donald Byrd "Motor City Scene", Bethlehem

Jelly Roll Lipschitz

Leonard Feather

Leo Watson, Signature, 1946

Little Brother

Nat Adderley

King Curtis "The New Scene Of King Curtis", New Jazz, 1960

Red Loring

Red Nichols

Julia Lee, Capitol, 1947

Francis Lowe

Ben Webster

Mildred Bailey, Vocalion, 1936

Richard Lowman

Dick Hyman

Barbara Lea, Prestige, 1956

Jack Mack

Jack McVea

Slim Gaillard, Bel-Tone, 1945

Maurice

Fats Waller

Eddie Condon, Commodore, 1940

Buddy Maynard

Maynard Ferguson

Jerry Fielding "Swingin' In Hi Fi", Decca, 1956

Henry McDode

Hampton Hawes

Jimmy Witherspoon "Singin' The Blues", World Pacific, 1958

Susan Melton

Peggy Lee

Mel Torme "California Suite", Capitol, 1949

Moe and Joe

J.J. Johnson & Kai Winding

Tony Aless "Long Island Suite", Roost, 1956

Lex Mond

Billy Byers

Tony Scott, RCA Victor, 1956

Wilmer Mosby

Don Patterson

Sonny Stitt “Deuces Wild”, Atlantic, 1966

El Muchacho

Mahlon Clark

Ray Linn’s Hollywood Swing Stars, Atomic, 1946

Rock Murphy

Barney Kessel

Verve 45's

Shorty Nadine

Nat King Cole

Jazz At The Philharmonic, Disc, 1944

Virgil Nameless

Johnny Dankworth

Cleo Laine, MGM, 1957

Virgil Nameless

Tommy Whittle

Cleo Laine, Nixa, 1955

Nature Boy

Nat "King" Cole

Stan Getz "Groovin' High", Crown, 1947

Lord Nelson

Sonny Stitt

Sensation, 1948

Geo Noby

George Daly

Trummy Young, Ducretet-Thomson, 1955

Jimmy O'Heigho

Jimmy Cleveland

George Williams "Rhythm Was His Business", RCA, 1956;
Manny Albam/Ernie Wilkins "Drum Suite", RCA, 1956

Derek Olphy

Allan Chase

John McNeil “Fortuity”, Steeplechase, 2001

Hammond Olson

Reinhold Svensson

Metronome, 1952

Olson Brothers

Reinhold Svensson & Charles Norman

Esquire?, 1950

A. N. Other

Allen Eager

 

Knuckles O'Toole

Dick Hyman

Waldorf and other labels, 1950s

Pete Pesci

Bobby Hackett

Eddie Condon, "Bixieland", Columbia, 1955

Hunt Peters

J.J. Johnson

Elvin Jones "And Then Again", Atlantic, 1965

Ronnie Peters

Cannonball Adderley

Milt Jackson "Plenty Plenty Soul", Atlantic, 1957

Fefe Phophum

Hal McKusick

Gus Hoo "New York Land Dixie", RCA 1956

Mac Pierce

Hugh McCracken

King Curtis "Trouble In Mind", Tru-Sound, 1961

Reggie Pitts

Ray Ellington

Ray Nance, Esquire, 1948

Buddy Poor

Buddy Rich

Harry James "Wild About Harry", Capitol, 1957

Al Portch

Laurindo Almeida

Pete Rugolo "Percussion At Work", Mercury, 1957

Al Portch

James Stagliano

Max Roach “Boston Percussion Ensemble”, Mercury, 1958

Cue Porter

Johnny Hodges

Billy Strayhorn "Cue For Saxophone", Felsted, 1958
Booty Wood, English Columbia, 1960

Sam Pow Seldon Powell (?) Jimmy Nottingham, Seeco, 1960

Brother Powell

David Bee

Jazz Club, 1965

Al Price

Bill Berry

 

Bubber Prince

Sammy Price

Albinia Jones, National, 1945

The Prince

Shorty Rogers

"Jazz Studio 4", Decca, 1955

Amanda B. Reckondwith

Ruth Underwood

George Duke

Manhattan Red

Urbie Green

Jimmy McPartland, Design, 1960

Low Reed

Michel de Villers

Guy Lafitte, Pathé, 1954
Jean-Pierre Sasson, Columbia, 1955
Guy Lafitte, Columbia, 1956

Ragtime Reinhold

Reinhold Svensson

Metronome, 1953 & 1955

Bill Richard

Dick Katz

Ray Nance, Esquire, 1948

Dirty Rivers

Muddy Waters

Otis Spann "The Blues Never Die", Prestige, 1964

James Rivers

Jimmy Giuffre

John Lewis “Wonderful World Of Jazz”, Atlantic, 1960

Lawrence Rix

Lauderic Caton

Ray Nance, Esquire, 1948

Little Rock

Pharoah Sanders

Leon Thomas "Spirits Known and Unknown", Flying Dutchman, 1969

Jolly Roger

Shorty Rogers

Teddy Charles "New Directions", Prestige, 1953

Slim Romero

Fats Navarro

Illinois Jacquet, Aladdin, 1947

Swing Roo

Cozy Cole

Teddy Wilson, Brunswick, 1937

Frankie Ross

Frank Rosolino

Gene Krupa "Lemon Drop", Columbia, 1949

Martial Royal

Martial Solal

Jean-Pierre Sasson, Ducretet-Thomson, 1954

Art Salt

Art Pepper

Shorty Rogers "Cool & Crazy", RCA Victor, 1954
Shelly Manne & His Men, Contemporary, 1953

Steve Sax

Steve Lacy

Joe Lee Wilson "Secrets From the Sun", Sun, c. 1976

Anthony/A. J. Sciacca Tony Scott [using real name] Milt Hinton "East Coast Jazz", Bethlehem, 1955
"Modern Jazz Society", Norgran, 1955

Joe Schmaltz

Charlie Shavers

Herbie Haymer, Sunset, 1945

Sam Schmaltz Nat King Cole Sunset, 1945

Joe Scott

Wynton Kelly

Sonny Criss "At The Crossroads", Peacock, 1959

Sonny Scott

Hubert Rostaing

Odeon EPs, 1962

Little Miss Sharecropper

Lavern Baker

National, c. 1950

Manny Shell

Shelly Manne

"Wild One" soundtrack, Decca, 1954

Roger Short

Shorty Rogers

"Wild One" soundtrack, Decca, 1954

C.C. Siegel

J.J. Johnson

Charlie Parker 10th Memorial Concert", Limelight, 1965

Big Skol

Sonny Boy Williamson

Roland Kirk "Kirk in Copenhagen", Mercury, 1963

Al Smith

Teddy Wilson

Timme Rosenkrantz, Jazz Star, 1945

Joe Smith Tom Scott Sarah Vaughan "Sings The Beatles", Atlantic, 1981

Brother Soul

Milt Jackson

Quincy Jones "This Is How I Feel About Jazz", ABC, 1956

George Spelvin

Bud Shank

June Christy "June’s Got Rhythm", Capitol, 1958

Joe Splink

Clifford Scott

Richard Groove Holmes "Somethin' Special", Pacific Jazz;
Carmell Jones "Business Meeting" Pacific Jazz

Kant Standhim

Stan Kenton

 

Ken Stanton

Stan Kenton

 

Cinderella G. Stump

Jo Stafford

Red Ingle, Capitol, 1947

Mad Milt Summerblouse

Boomie Richman

Gus Hoo "New York Land Dixie", RCA 1956

Theoshis Tannis

Roland Kirk

Eddie Baccus "Feel Real", Smash, 1962

Erskine Tearblotter

Lou McGarity

Gus Hoo "New York Land Dixie", RCA 1956

A Tenorman

Ben Webster

Carmen McRae "Birds Of A Feather", Decca, 1958

Ed Theodore

Prob. Teddy Edwards

Mel Tormé "I Dig The Duke, I Dig The Count", Verve, 1960-61

Chuck Thomas

Woody Herman

Woody Herman, Capitol, 1949

Zeke Tolin (anagram of Lee Konitz)

Lee Konitz

"Gil Evans +10", Prestige, 1957

Blue Train

John Coltrane

Cecil Taylor "Hard Driving Jazz"/"Stereo Drive", United Artists, 1958

Bernard Trapps

Buddy Rich

George Freeman "Man & Woman ", Groove Merchant, 1974

Fanfan la Tulipe

André Persiany

Trummy Young, Ducretet-Thomson, 1955

Flip Turner

Flip Phillips

Jazz At The Philharmonic, Mercury, 1947

Shad Turner

Joe Joe Johnson

Boots Brown & His Blockbusters, Groove, 1952

Stan Turner

Stanley Turrentine

Shirley Scott, “Hip Soul”, Prestige, 1961

Whelan Tyme

Hal Schaefer

“8 To The Bar”, United Artists, 1958

Peter Urban

Art Farmer

Teddy Charles "Tentet", Atlantic, 1956

Bart Valve Thad Jones Al Cohn "The Jazz Workshop - Four Brass, One Tenor", RCA, 1955

James Van Dyke

Jimmy Cleveland

Gigi Gryce, "Orchestra/Quartet", Signal, 1955

Herbie Verde Urbie Green Jim Tyler "Impact! Brass", Time, 1960
Jim Tyler "Twist", Time, 1962

Luke "The Wailer"

Danny Bank

George Handy "Handyland, U.S.A.", 1954

Wally Wales

Bobby Hackett

George Wein, "George Wein Sings", Atlantic, 1955

Herb Walsh

Herb Geller

"Best From The West", Blue Note, 1954-55

Billy Ward

Buster Bailey

Oriole, 1925

Roderick Ward

Kenny Garrett

Kenny Kirkland, GRP, 1991

Jim Whatsmyname

Jimmy Cleveland

Lucky Thompson's ABC Paramount Lps, 1956

Papa Snow White

Hot Lips Page

Mezzrow-Bechet Septet, King Jazz, 1945

The Wizzard

Raymond Cheng

Frank Lowe, "Black Beings", ESP

Eddie Wood

Eddie Heywood

Rex Stewart, Capitol, 1945

Lion Wrong

Leo Wright

Antonio Diaz Mena "Eso Es Latin Jazz...Man", Audio Fidelity, 1963

Baldy Wynn

Moe Wechsler

Gus Hoo "New York Land Dixie", RCA 1956

Drummer X

Chico Hamilton

John Pisano/Billy Bean "Makin' It, Decca, 1958

Trumpeter X

Harry Edison

Manny Albam "Jazz Greats...", Coral, 1957

Ennam Yllehs

Shelly Manne

Dave Pell, "The Big Small Bands" Capitol, 1959

Ashby de la Zooch

Irving Ashby

Charles Mingus, Four Star, 1946

Jack Zoot

Zoot Sims

Ernie Wilkins, RCA, 1955


Correction: I heard from Red Ingle’s son, who informed me that Tedder (correct spelling) was a real person.

Karen Teddler

Jo Stafford

Red Ingle & The Natural Seven, Capitol, 1951

 

 

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