NPR Life: 2014 Release Names

If you’re just tuning in, the NPR tech team has been playing a guessing game with the theme of each year’s code release names. The names are in alphabetical order, and a successful guess earned the winner the responsibility of coming up with the next year’s theme. We thought it would be fun to let our blog readers try their hand at it. So, each week, we’ll show the list of names, and give out the answer the following week.

Here’s the answer for the 2013 theme. All of them are first names or nicknames of Jazz and Blues musicians.

From Abbey Lincoln to Sonny “Uncle Don” Rollins.

I have to admit that I don’t know too much about this list, so you’ll just have to be satisfied with some YouTube videos and a link to NPR’s Jazz page.

Here’s the full list so you can discover some great music yourself. Happy Listening!

abbey: Abbey Lincoln

bags: Milt Jackson

cannonball: Cannonball Adderly

doc: Doc Cheatham

eubie: Eubie Blake

fathead: David Newman

groove: Richard Holmes

hawk: Coleman Hawkins

ivory: Harold Ivory Williams

jaw: Kadota Kouske

kidd: Kidd Jordan

lockjaw: Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis

ma: Ma Rainey

nappy: Nappy Lamare

osie: Osie Kohnson

pharoah: Pharoah Sanders

queen: Peggy Lee

red: Red Norvo

sonny: Sonny Rollins

tubby: Tubby Hayes

uncle don: Sonny Rollins


On to 2014!

As is usual, I’m going to reveal the names three at a time, to make it a bit more challenging. Keep scrolling to get the full list.

Anna

Bowles

Curley

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Detroit

Eliza

Frankie

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Gilda

Higgins

Iscariot

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Jelly Roll

Krelbourn

Leo

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Magnolia

Nicely Nicely

Oliver

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Pippin

Quixote

Roxie

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Simba

Tevye

Ulla

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Valjean


There’s the whole A to U! Good luck! See if you can figure it out without resorting to a search engine.

If you want to show off, you can comment with your guess, or tweet at The NPR Tech Team.

We’ll reveal the answer next week.