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     Johnny Hodges

Real name: John Hodges.
Born: Jul 25, 1907 in Cambridge, MA.
Died: May 11, 1970 in New York, NY.
Genres: Jazz.
Styles: Swing, Ballads.
Instruments: Sax (Soprano), Sax (Alto)

Possessor of the most beautiful tone ever heard in jazz, altoist Johnny Hodges formed his style early on and had little reason to change it through the decades. Although he could stomp with the best swing players and was masterful on the blues, Hodges's luscious playing on ballads has never been topped. He played drums and piano early on before switching to soprano sax when he was 14. Hodges was taught and inspired by Sidney Bechet although he soon used alto as his main ax; he would regretfully drop soprano altogether after 1940. His early experiences included playing with Lloyd Scott, Chick Webb, Luckey Roberts and Willie "The Lion" Smith (1924) and he also had the opportunity to work with Bechet. However Johnny Hodges's real career began in 1928 when he joined Duke Ellington's Orchestra. He quickly became one of the most important solo stars in the band and a real pacesetter on alto; Benny Carter was his only close competition in the 1930s. Hodges was featured on a countless number of performances with Ellington and also had many chances to lead recording dates with Duke's sidemen. Whether it was "Things Ain't What They Used to Be," "Come Sunday" or "Passion Flower," Hodges was an indispensable member of Ellington's Orchestra in the 1930s and '40s. It was therefore a shock in 1951 when he decided to leave Duke and lead a band of his own. Hodges had a quick hit in "Castle Rock" (which ironically showcased Al Sears's tenor and had no real contribution by the altoist) but his combo ended up struggling and breaking up in 1955. Hodges's return to Duke Ellington was a joyous occasion and he never really left again. In the 1960s Hodges teamed up with organist Wild Bill Davis on some sessions, leading to Davis joining Ellington for a time in 1969. Johnny Hodges, whose unchanging style always managed to sound fresh, was still with Duke Ellington when he suddenly died in 1970.

- Scott Yanow (All Music Guide)

Ресурсы сети, связанные с исполнителем:
www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/jazz/profiles/johnny_hodges.shtml Biography
musicians.allaboutjazz.com/musician.php?id=7665 Biography & articles on 'All About Jazz'
www.downbeat.com/artists/window.asp?action=new&aid=339&aname=Johnny+Hodges Biography on 'Down Beat'
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Hodges About from 'wikipedia'
en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Hodges About from 'wapedia.mobi' [mobile]
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CD коллекции, связанные с исполнителем:
  как основной исполнитель ...
 Johnny Hodges - '3 Shades Of Blue' - 1970, Flying, Galactic
 Johnny Hodges - 'Blue Pyramid' - 1965, Verve
 Johnny Hodges - 'Blues A Plenty' - 1958, Verve, Universal
 Johnny Hodges - 'Day Dream' - 1999, Giants of Jazz.
 Johnny Hodges - 'Everybody Knows' - 1965, Impulse!
 Johnny Hodges - 'Hodge Podge' - 2006, Legacy, Epic, Sony
 Johnny Hodges - 'Jazz Tribute No. 1, Vol. 1-2: 1965-1966' - 1979, RCA
 Johnny Hodges - 'Johnny Hodges At Sportpalast, Berlin' - 1993, Pablo Records
 Johnny Hodges - 'Johnny Hodges Collates, Vol. 2' - 2002, Universal, Verve
 Johnny Hodges - 'Johnny Hodges With Billy Strayhorn And The Orchestra' - 1961, Verve, Ars Nova
 Johnny Hodges - 'On The Way Up 1965-1967' - 1994, Camden
 Johnny Hodges - 'Passion Flower' - 1994, Giants Of Jazz, Ars Nova
 Johnny Hodges - 'Play The Blues Back To Back' - 1997, Verve
 Johnny Hodges - 'Side By Side' - 1959, Verve
 Johnny Hodges - 'Stride Right' - 2004, Verve
 Johnny Hodges - 'Triple Play' - 1967, Bluebird, RCA
 Johnny Hodges - 'Used To Be Duke' - 1954, Verve, Norgran
 Johnny Hodges - 'Wings And Things' - 1965, Verve
  как основной соисполнитель ...
 Paul Gonsalves - 'Ellingtonia Moods & Blues' - 1999, RCA
 Gerry Mulligan - 'Meets The Saxophonists' - 1957,
 Charlie Parker - 'Super Session' - 1993,
  как соисполнитель ...
 Bill Coleman - 'Cuttin' Out' - 2011, History
 Duke Ellington - 'Duke Ellington And His Orchestra Featuring Paul Gonsalves' - 1995, Fantasy, OJC
 Ella Fitzgerald - 'Ella & Duke At The Cote D'Azur' - 1966, Verve, Galactic
 Ella Fitzgerald - 'Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Duke Ellington Song Book' - 1957, Ars Nova
 Charlie Haden - 'Always Say Goodbye' - 1994, Polygram
 Earl Hines - '1942-1945' - 1998, Chronological Classics
 James P. Johnson - '1928-1938' - 1996, Classics
 Oscar Pettiford - 'Oscar Rides Again Vol 1. Blues In The Closet 1943-53' - 2008, Proper, Affinity
 John Pizzarelli - 'Rockin' In Rhythm: A Duke Ellington Tribute' - 2010, Telarc
 Billy Strayhorn - 'Passion Flower' - 2004, Proper Sales & Dist.
 Clark Terry - 'Duke With A Difference' - 1958, Riverside, OJC, ADA
 Ben Webster - 'Ben Webster's Finest Hour' - 2000, Verve
 Ben Webster - 'The Soul Of Ben Webster' - 1995, Verve

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