Track Listing. Take the "A" Train. Billy Strayhorn. Blue Moon - Johnny Hodges - Johnny Hodges At Sportpalast Hodges. In the Kitchen. Mood Indigo. Satin Doll. Rockin' in Rhythm. Autumn Leaves. Stompy Jones. Duke Ellington. C Jam Blues. The Jeep Is Jumpin'. Good Queen Bess. Fred E. Don't Get Around Much Anymore. Rose of the Rio Grande. All of Me. On the Sunny Side of the Street. Blue Moon. Take the "A" Train Billy Strayhorn. Hodges built a name for himself in the Boston area before moving to New York in Hodges joined Duke Ellington's orchestra in November Goodman described Hodges as "by far the greatest Blue Moon - Johnny Hodges - Johnny Hodges At Sportpalast on alto sax that I ever heard.
Ellington's practice of writing tunes specifically for members of his orchestra resulted in the Hodges specialties, "Confab with Rab", "Jeep's Blues", "Sultry Sunset", and "Hodge Podge". He had a pure tone and economy of melody on both the blues and ballads that won him admiration from musicians of all eras and styles, from Ben Webster and John Coltranewho both played with him when he had his own orchestra in the s, to Lawrence Welkwho featured him in an album of standards.
His highly individualistic playing style, which featured the use of a wide vibrato and much sliding between slurred notes, was frequently imitated. As evidenced by the Ellington compositions named after him, he earned the nicknames Jeep  and Rabbit — according to Johnny Griffin because "he looked like a rabbit, no expression on his face while he's playing all this beautiful music.
In the s, Hodges played a Conn 6M recognizable by its underslung neck and later on a Buescher recognizable by its V-shaped bell-brace alto saxophone. By the end of his career in the late s, Hodges was playing a Vito LeBlanc Rationale alto serial number Aan instrument with unusual key-mechanisms providing various alternative fingerings and tone-hole placement, which gave superior intonation.
Fewer than 2, were ever made. Hodges' Vito saxophone was silver-plated and extensively engraved on the bell, Blue Moon - Johnny Hodges - Johnny Hodges At Sportpalast, body and key-cups of the instrument. Hodges' last performances were at the Imperial Room in Toronto, less than a week before his May 11, death from a heart attacksuffered during a visit to the office of a dental surgeon.
His last recordings are featured on the New Orleans Suitewhich was only half-finished when he died. He was married twice; he had a daughter by his first wife, Bertha Pettiford, and a son John C. The Album) of Hodges' sound prompted Ellington, upon learning of the musician's death from a heart attack, to lament to JET magazine: "The band will never sound the same without Johnny.
This is Johnny Hodges. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, Album). American alto saxophonist. Berlin (CD playing a Conn 6M with Al Sears in background, Jazz swing. Alto saxophone soprano saxophone clarinet.
See also: Duke Ellington discography. All Media Network. Retrieved 8 April Memory Lane : 41— The Kingdom of Swing. Stackpole Sons. Backstory in Blue: Ellington at Newport ' Rutgers University Press. Detroit Free Press. Archived from the original on February 12,
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