Mr. Jazz

Mr. Jazz – Self-proclaimed nickname of Dr. Heathcliff “Cliff” Huxtable (Bill Cosby), a black New York City obstetrician on the sitcom THE COSBY SHOW/NBC/1984-91 who was just crazy about jazz music and musicians.


Cliff had another nickname. It was “Baby Cakes,” a moniker given to him by his wife, Clair (Phylicia Rashad) when they attended Hillman College in Georgia. Cliff called Clair “Lum Lum.”

Note: THE COSBY SHOW wrote several famous musical artists into the show’s scripts, such as singer/songwriter Stevie Wonder and the legendary jazz trumpeter/bandleader Dizzy Gillespie (1917-1993).


On Season 2, Episode 17: “Play It Again, Russell”  we learn that Cliff’s love of music runs in the family. His father, Russell (Earle Hyman) used to be a jazz trombone player. When his old band gets together to jam, he’s a bit rusty but he jumps in and jams with his old jazz buddies.



Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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