Contemporary Jazz Dog Names

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Introduction

Jazz is often heralded for its musical complexities, its history, and its non-stop transformation over the years, including several reinventions since its inception in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and because of it, the genre has never ceased to amaze and delight fans of all types and even now, moves forward in its own right with contemporary jazz. While some of the names involved in the modern movement may not hold the same weight as that of Miles Davis or Thelonious Monk, it still holds considerable talent and better yet, titles that will soon be cementing themselves in the history books like their predecessors, leaving us a top-notch list of Neo-classic names perfect for pairing up with our pups. 

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Contemporary Jazz Dog Name Considerations

While many other themed names have the benefit of immediate recognition or a crossover between intended meaning, contemporary jazz names tend to be a bit more obscure and idiosyncratic, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get away with being clever.

For instance, a dog short in stature would be well-suited with the name Shorter, the same as a sweet dog named Candy would, while both could still be tied into their respective jazz artists. A dog that likes to crawl around (such as Sprout the Brussels), would be the perfect candidate for Krall, a play on both Diana Krall and the dog’s quirky habits. A dog whose bark sounds like a trumpet (or has frequent gas issues) would be a prime candidate for the name Toots, the same as a skinny dog who loves to chew would be perfect for the name Boney, after Boney James. 

Of course, you can always take the easy road and just name them after your favorite artist, but if you’re seeking a bit more depth, don’t hesitate to do some research on a few different artists to see if there are any appropriate commonalities you can use to base your decisions on, especially if they’re just as notable or quirky as your dog. 

Male Contemporary Jazz Dog Names

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Porter
After Gregory Porter, Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and actor
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Lloyd
After Charles Lloyd, contemporary musician best know for his sax work
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Garrett
After Kenny Garrett, grammy-winning jazz saxophonist who played with several greats
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Phronesis
A very well-respected jazz trio from London
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Haden
After Charlie Haden, a decades-spanning player, composer, and teacher
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Surman
After John Surman, English jazz saxophonist and composer
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Tobin
After Christine Tobin, Irish vocalist and composer
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Benson
After George Benson, prolific jazz guitarist
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Scofield
After John Scofield, aka "Sco", genre-blending guitarist
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Carlton
After Larry Carlton, a well-respected studio guitarist
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Carter
After James Carter, whose sax playing ranges from traditional to avant garde
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Benoit
After David Benoit, smooth jazz artist
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Watson
After Bobby Watson, accomplished jazz sax player
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Belden
After Bob Belden, well-respected jazz arranger
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Grover
After Grover Washington Jr., famed multi-instrumentalist
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Boney
After Boney James, smooth jazz saxophonist
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Guaraldi
After Vince Guaraldi, pianist best known for his work on the Peanuts television specials
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Burton
After Gary Burton, prominent vibrophonist
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Montgomery
After Wes Montgomery, one of jazz's most influential guitarists
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Coltrane
A legendary jazz name for decades thanks to John, Alice, and now Ravi
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Braun
After Rick Braun, smooth jazz trumpeter
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Spalding
After Esperanza Spalding, grammy award-winning jazz artist
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Glasper
After Robert Glasper, producer and jazz pianist
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Halvorson
After Mary Halvorson, a ridiculously talented jazz guitarist
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Diehl
After Aaron Diehl, an accomplished young jazz pianist
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Tivon
After Tivon Pennicott, a decorated saxophonist
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Jamison
After Jamison Ross, an award-winning jazz drummer
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Tisdale
After Wayman Tisdale, basketball player turned jazz musician
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Herbie
After Herbie Hancock, who has transcended both genre and time
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Wynton
After Wynton Marsalis, trumpeter, teacher, composer, director

Female Contemporary Jazz Dog Names

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Pine
After Courtney Pine, prominent multi-instrumentalist British jazz musician
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Ambrose
After Ambrose Akinmusire, a highly accomplished jazz trumpeter
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Charlie
After Charlie Haden, an accomplished double bass player
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Marius
After Marius Neset, a Norwegian sax player
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Elling
After Kurt Elling, American jazz vocalist
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Krall
After Diana Krall, contemporary jazz singer and pianist
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Jarreau
After Al Jarreau, seven-time Grammy winner
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Cassie
After Cassandra Wilson, Grammy-winning singer
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Manhattan
Famous New York City jazz group
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Toots
After Toots Thielemans, a prolific whistler and harmonica player
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Metheny
After Pat Metheny, masterful jazz guitarist
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Ponty
After Jean-Luc Ponty, jazz violinist
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Barber
After Patricia Barber, jazz singer
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Keiko
After Keiko Matsui, jazz fusion keyboardist
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Malone
After Russell Malone, jazz guitarist
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Gato
After Gato Barbieri, saxophonist with South American influence
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Chick
After Chick Corea, fusion pianist
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Corea
After Chick Corea, pianist, keyboardist, well-known composer
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Ravi
After Ravi Coltrane, son of John and Alice Coltrane and a prolific talent in his own right
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Norah
After Norah Jones, jazz influenced pop artist, singer, songwriter
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Doky
After the Doky Brothers, prominent jazz duo
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Candy
After Candy Dulfer, Dutch saxophonist and singer
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DiMeola
After Al Di Meola, one of the most prolific fusion guitarists of all time
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Esperanza
After Esperanza Spalding, singer, bassist, cellist
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Cecile
After Cécile McLorin Salvant, jazz pianist and singer
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Melody
After Melody Gardot, singer and pianist
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Gardot
After Melody Gardot, Grammy-nominated contemporary jazz artist
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Parker
After Leon Parker, a fantastic jazz drummer
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Botti
After Chris Botti, session trumpeter
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Shorter
After Wayne Shorter, bandleader and composer for several significant groups

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