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August 20, 2010


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Sal Franchino

Shorty Rogers?

Jeff Helgesen

Bobby Short?

Tiny Grimes?

Larry Kart

Brick (Flea)gle

Bill Forbes

Shorts McConnell
Shorty Baker
Pee Wee Russell
Pee Wee Hunt
Pee Wee Moore
Joe Newman and Frank Wess ("Midgets")

Bill Forbes

P.S. Minor Hall

Bill Forbes

P.P.S. Compositions by Loesser and Lowe

Bruce Armstrong

Don't forget "Stumpy" Brown--Les Brown's brother--who played trombone with the band for many years.

Dick Cutler

Wee Bonnie Baker, Skinnay Ennis, Les Elgart

Don Brown

And the emcee would be Pee Wee Marquette.

Richard Salvucci

Shorty Sherock, maybe the most unheralded trumpet player of the late Swing Era

And, of course, Pee Wee Erwin

Steve Provizer

Henry "Thins" Francis,
Specs Powell and Benny Moten.

John P. Cooper

Little Ryan
Half Pint Jaxon
Chick Webb
"Slim Slacks" Jackson ("Fat Slacks" brother)
Wingy Mannone
Little Brother Montgomery

John P. Cooper

"And the gig would be held at Small's Paradise."
With cover charge 1/2 price before 1.

Paul Wood

My wife who listens mostly to baroque music and gregorian chants immediately mentioned "WAYNE SHORTER." After all, she remarked, he's shorter than all the others.

Ted Steinberg

Little Esther (R&B Vocalist)
Tiny Bradshaw (R&B Singer & Band Leader)
Tiny Mayberry (Blues Vocalist in 1930's)
Wee Bea Booze (Blues Vocalist in early 1940's)
Cliff Smalls (Pianist with Art Farmer)
Little Jazz (Roy Eldridge)
Small Jazz (Charlie Shavers)
Shorty Baker (Ellington Trumpeter)
Ernie Small (Bari Sax w/Monk - late 1960's)
Slims: Memphis Slim, Slim Harpo, Lighting Slim, Guitar Slim,


If we're going to get into all of the Slims, it would be amiss not to mention Slim Richey, "the most dangerous guitarist in Texas." The music begins two minutes into this clip which also features some admirable swing vocal phrasing:

John P. Cooper

Props to all for their witty contributions!


I thought Tiny Kahn was called Tiny because he was actually gigantic.

Ruby Braff would fit in the shorty list, though nobody had the stones to call him shorty to his face.

John Herr

Shadow Wilson on drums.


Ages before he became "Prince of Darkness", "Symphony Sid" Torin announced him as "Miles Davis (some seconds pause) LITTLE Miles Davis!"

That "nickname" didn't last too long, especially *not* after Miles's breathtaking solo flight on "Move", then, at Carnegie Hall, on Christmas in 1949.

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