Stage name?

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  1. Clyde Bisbee

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    Looking for ideas and suggestions....I've started a band playing music of the 20's-early 50's, swing jazz, western swing & some jump blues. Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Bob Wills, Milton Brown, Louis Prima, etc. The idea is to dress in period clothing, use a stage setup with vintage items to create the feeling of a step back in time. One of my inspirations is the modern band, Pokey LaFarge & the South City 3.

    So, I feel like I should have a stage name, a la "Pokey LaFarge," or check out some actual band names from the list on this Jazz Website. My real name just doesn't convey 1920's, 1940's, etc. and I want the name that I take on and the Band name to have that feel. I've never had a nickname, really, except for a guy I worked with years ago that called me, "Shultzie," because of my German last name (Struble), but not sure I want to play on that.

    So, what are the pros & cons of performing under a stage name, and, any suggestions for a good one or ideas for creating one?

    ...oh, and I know the jokes are coming. That's fine too :)

    Kerry
     
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    I've got,

    Blas Monaco and Robin Banks ready for when I ever need one. You can use one.
     
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    Al K. Holick, lead guitar.
     
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    Mr Potato Pants?

    Potato always in the front, never in the back.
     
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    It's a stretch, but East Montgomery
     
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    Totally riffing off the whole Boaty McBoatface fiasco, aren't you?
     
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    Hmm....."Kerry Dactyl," could work.

    Kerry
     
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    They say that to determine your "secret" porn star name, take as your first name the name of your first pet, and as your last name the name of the first street you lived on. For me, it would be Baron Montgomery. What do you get? Perhaps it can double as your new stage name!
     
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    Haha! I get "Sitka Wheatland" o_O ...but our current dog's name is Birdie, so....Birdie Wheatland could work :)

    Kerry
     
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    How about Tommy Wad (Johnny's brother)
     
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    Maybe what you're looking for isn't a "stage name" per se - at least in the way we think about it nowadays, but a "working name".

    During that time period, it was common for actors to change names - Archibald Leach = Cary Grant.

    It was also common though for people with mildly foreign names - anything non English basically - and change them - but especially those with Jewish-sounding names.

    Lester Paulfus = Les Paul.

    So you may want to "Americanize" your name not as a racial thing, but as a tribute to something that was commonplace at the time - with an emphasis on simple, strong, and easy to remember names.

    But I would go more for a "band leader" style, unless the act is funny, corny, or hokey too, in which case "Spanky McFarland and his Gang" might be appropriate.

    Maybe go to some films of the era for name ideas - the Bowery Boys, Dead End Kids, etc.
     
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    Great input @stevel, brought your A-game today!

    Kerry
     
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    If I'm cool with some dude named Laur Joamets from Estonia playing country guitar, I'd say I'd be just fine playing hot swing jazz with the name Kerry. I like Pokey LaFarge but I'm pretty sure I'd like him just the same if he went by Bill Crawford or Tim Martin...or Andrew Heissler. All that is to say, if I went to see your band and I liked what you were doing, I'm not going to listen any closer or less based on what I eventually found out your name is.

    If you haven't already, check out a favorite band of mine, Devil In A Woodpile. I bring them up for two reasons...when I first heard a Pokey LaFarge song, I thought it was a Devil in a Woodpile song that I hadn't heard before. And because I've loved these guys for almost 20 years now and only recently learned their names and that I know them from other projects. But their names played no part in my enjoyment of their music for almost two decades.
     
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