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JOHNNY HODGES

Johnny Hodges was essentially self-taught, starting on drums and piano and later picking up soprano and alto sax. He became a kind of protégé of clarinetist Sydney Bechet and joined his band after a stint with Willie ‘The Lion’ Smith’s quartet, which began when he was only 18. After experiences in several other bands he joined Duke Ellington in 1928, becoming his preeminent soloist for 40 years. Duke referred to Hodges as “a consummate original,” whose alto saxophone lent a distinctive sound to the Ellington recordings. In fact it was Hodges who introduced Duke’s “Prelude to a Kiss” in 1938. Throughout the ’40s he was a consistent poll winner and is considered by many the finest alto saxophonist in jazz.

Hodges recorded with several prestigious small groups and led his own for a few years in the early ’50s before rejoining Ellington. He co-wrote several tunes with Ellington, including “Hodge Podge,” “The Jeep Is Jumpin’,” and “Things Ain’t What They Used to Be.” And Ellington, as he was wont, wrote several compositions specifically to feature Hodges’ solos. The altoist’s last recording, shortly before his sudden death, was Ellington’s “ New Orleans Suite.”

-- Sandra Burlingame

Courtesy of JazzStandards.com


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DOMNERUS, Arne: Jazz at the Pawnshop Prophone
PRCD7778
Contemporary Jazz
DOMNERUS, Arne: Memories of You Proprius
PRCD2049
Contemporary Jazz
ELLINGTON, D.: Piano Works (Palombi) Dynamic
CDS7743
Contemporary Jazz
ELLINGTON, Duke: Air Conditioned Jungle (1945) (Duke Ellington, Vol. 10) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120810
Jazz
ELLINGTON, Duke: Blue Abandon (1946) (Duke Ellington, Vol. 12) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120812
Jazz
ELLINGTON, Duke: Jam-A-Ditty (1946-1947) (Duke Ellington, Vol. 13) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120813
Jazz
INK SPOTS: Gettin' Sentimental (1939-1945) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120624
Nostalgia
JAZZ FOR YOU - CHILL WITH ELLINGTON (1932-1951) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120894
Jazz





 
 
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