Eighteen Jazz Musicians Nicknamed 'Sonny' (Or The Like)

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Sonny Rollins plays the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in 2011.

Sonny Rollins plays the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in 2011.

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In the order I thought of them and/or looked them up on the Internet.

  1. Theodore "Sonny" Rollins, saxophonist*
  2. Conrad Yeatis "Sonny" Clark, pianist
  3. Sun Ra, aka Le Sony'r Ra, aka Herman Poole "Sonny" Blount, pianist/composer
  4. Frank "Sonny" Dallas, bassist
  5. Warren Harding "Sonny" Sharrock, guitarist
  6. James Marcellus Arthur "Sunny" Murray, drummer*
  7. Huey "Sonny" Simmons, saxophonist*
  8. Edward "Sonny" Stitt, saxophonist
  9. William "Sonny" Criss, saxophonist
  10. Cornelius "Sonny" Fortune, saxophonist/flutist*
  11. Sonny Red, aka Sylvester Kyner Jr., saxophonist
  12. Saul "Sonny" Berman, trumpeter
  13. William Alexander "Sonny" Greer, drummer
  14. Percival "Sonny" Payne, drummer
  15. George "Sonny" Cohn, trumpeter
  16. Herbert Lawrence "Sonny" Greenwich, guitarist*
  17. Sunny Sumter, vocalist/DC Jazz Festival Executive Director*
  18. Sunny Jain, drummer*

Previously on this (highly informal) series of listicles.


*Still alive.

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