I don't believe I've yet featured Slim Gaillard. Must put that right:
Slim, Tiny 'Bam' Brown and Scatman Crothers at Billy Berg's, 1946. (Scatman Crothers?? Yes, Scatman Crothers.)
Jazz hipster with a surrealist twinkle in his eye, Gaillard invented a whole new Vout-O-Reenee argot, initially with Slam Stewart as Slim and Slam (Tutti Frutti from 1938, nearly twenty years before Little Richard, though Flat Foot Floogie was their big one) then out on his own as Harlem's coolest cat. He featured, memorably, in Jack Kerouac's On the Road.