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What’s in a name?

My big bro Jazz Cat Jay  said something interesting about my name.

Now, for those of you who don’t know, Jay is an authority in Vintage Jazz.  Even my human mommy takes advice from him.  When my human daddy gave me the name, I just thought,  oh that sounds like a good name and thought nothing more of it.   And it allows for a lot of fun variations.  So far I’ve heard my humans calling me Mr. Satchs, Satchie and Satchers.

But my big bro said to me: “Listen kid, Satchmo is not JUST a cool name.  It’s a name to be proud of.   You are now part of a very musical family.  Furthermore, a family with a great  jazz tradition.  The human mom is a DJ that specializes in Vintage Jazz, Blues and Black Gospel.  The human dad -even though a classically trained musician, played with a Jazz band back in the day.  And I – well, I am THE Jazz Cat.  Therefore, it was only fitting that you had a Jazz name.”  And then he told me a story.

So, cats and kitties, this is what I learned (It’s so cool to have such a knowledgeable big brother):

There was this really hep cat named Louis Armstrong.  You may have heard of him before but I’m just a little kitten and all of this is news for me.

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