Personalities | Johnny Hodges | Thirties | Jazz & Blues

(Alto and soprano saxophones, 1907–70)

Saxophonist Johnny Hodges was fortunate enough to forge an early relationship with Sidney Bechet; while playing at Club Bechet in New York he won the attention of Duke Ellington, who signed him in 1928. Hodges’ sweeping tone and scooping glissandos remained a vital part of Ellington’s orchestra for around 40 years, with only a few periods of absence as he experimented with small groups and other ventures. Hodges was admired by many other saxophonists, including Ben Webster and John Coltrane.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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