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September 02, 2010


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Bill Forbes

Sonny Cox (alto)

Don Brown

Hey Marc, what about Sonny Blount (aka Sun Ra)on keyboards?

Steve Barrow

for the alto section, you could add Sonny Red[d]

and for rhythm guitar, maybe Sonny Forriest, who used to be with Ray Charles' band.


I always think of Sonny Fortune as an alto player (and sometimes soprano and flute player), not primarily a tenor player.

Dick Cutler

It may be a stretch but perhaps stride piano man Ralph Sutton's widow could have had them all together at one of her Sunnie Sutton's Rocky Mountain Jazz Parties.

Michael Steinman

"Climb upon my knee, Sonny Boys . . . wait a minute . . . not all of you at once . . . you're killing me!"

Partially relevant: when Bud Freeman and his Summa Cum Laude Orchestra made a 78 record album for Decca (circa 1939) paying tribute to Bix Beiderbecke, Eddie Condon wanted to call the project SONS OF BIXES. Just thought you needed to know!

John P. Cooper

Leader - "Sonny! Take a chorus!" Free Jazz ensues.

I'm passing on Sonnys.

Waiting for Skippys.

John Herr

Does a bebop big band need a blues-wailing harmonica-player, maybe as guest artist on a couple tunes? How about Sonny Terry? and what about a theme song, like "When Sunny Gets Blue" or "On the Sunny Side of the Street" or Rollins's "Sonnymoon For 2"? If Sonny Fortune can join his older fellows, would a theme song like "Sunny" be of too recent vintage?

Jon-Erik Kellso

I think of Sonny Stitt as a tenor and alto player, not aware of his playing bari.

Jon-Erik Kellso

aha--I guess Stitt did play some bari.

Rab Hines

Sun Ra is also known as Le Sony'r Ra.

Yeah, I know, a stretch.


Just to shake things up, why not add Sonny Bono on vocals?

Yes, LOL - but if he hadn't run into that tree, I'll bet he would've recorded at least one album of standards by now a la Rod Stewart (and sounded just as good).

Anand Doraswami

Aren't four drummers at least two too many? I know one of Sonny Greer's replacements (Louie Bellson) had two successors jointly in the Duke's band on one occasion (Sam Woodyard and Jimmy Johnson) but four...

Jon Mathis

Sonny Dunham-trumpet!

O'Sullivan, "Red"

There's that wonderful trumpet player who recorded with Dexter Gordon in France in the '70s, Sonny Grey. Wonder whatever happened to him... anybody know? (I think, like Dizzy Reece, his provinence may have been Caribean).

Pete Q

So, after the chorus gave birth to free jazz, we can have Sunny Murray - originally Sonny - on drums.

andrew scott

sonny lester (producer)
sonny phillips (organist)
sonny greenwich (guitar)

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  • Marc Myers writes regularly for The Wall Street Journal and is author of "Anatomy of 55 More Songs," "Anatomy of a Song," "Rock Concert: An Oral History" and "Why Jazz Happened." Founded in 2007, JazzWax has won three Jazz Journalists Association awards.
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