Johnny Hodges

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John Cornelius "Johnny" Hodges (July 25, 1906 – May 11, 1970) was an American alto saxophonist, best known for solo work with Duke Ellington's big band. He played lead alto in the saxophone section for many years, except the period between 1932 and 1946 when Otto Hardwick generally played first chair. Hodges was also featured on soprano saxophone, but refused to play soprano after 1946, when he was given the lead chair. He is considered one of the definitive alto saxophones players of the big band era (alongside Benny Carter).

Hodges started playing with Lloyd Scott, Sidney Bechet, Lucky Roberts and Chick Webb. When Ellington wanted to expand his band in 1928, Ellington's clarinet player Barney Bigard recommended Hodges. His playing became one of the identifying voices of the Ellington orchestra. From 1951 to 1955, Hodges left the Duke to lead his own band, but returned shortly before Ellington's triumphant return to prominence – the orchestra's performance at the 1956 Newport Jazz Festival.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1955 Creamy Johnny Hodges 1
1955 Dance Bash Johnny Hodges 1
1956 Duke's in Bed Johnny Hodges 1
1956 Memories of Ellington Johnny Hodges 1
1959 Side by Side Duke Ellington & Johnny Hodges 4
1960 Back to Back: Duke Ellington and Johnny Hodges Play the Blues Duke Ellington & Johnny Hodges 2
1961 The Big Sound Johnny Hodges 1
1964 Blue Rabbit Johnny Hodges, Wild Bill Davis 1
1964 Everybody Knows Johnny Hodges 2
1965 Wings and Things Johnny Hodges & Wild Bill Davis 1
1966 Alto Blue Johnny Hodges 1
1967 Don't Sleep in the Subway Johnny Hodges 1
1969 Rippin' and Runnin' Johnny Hodges 1
1970 3 Shades of Blue Johnny Hodges 1
1989 Compact Jazz Johnny Hodges & Wild Bill Davis 1
1991 Used to Be Duke Johnny Hodges 1
1992 Everybody knows Johnny Hodges Johnny Hodges 1
1995 With Billy Strayhorn and The Orchestra Johnny Hodges 1
2002 Hop, Skip and Jump Johnny Hodges 1
A Tribute to Johnny Hodges Johnny Hodges 1
Ellingtonia '56 Johnny Hodges 1
Jeep's Blues Johnny Hodges 1
Johnny Hodges With the Lawrence Welk's Orchestra Johnny Hodges With the Lawrence Welk Orchestra 1
The Complete 1941-1954 Small Group Sessions Vol. 2 1950 Johnny Hodges 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1973 Previously Unreleased Recordings Johnny Hodges 1
1992 Caravan Johnny Hodges 2
1994 Verve Jazz Masters 35 Johnny Hodges 1
1994 Storyville Masters of Jazz, Volume 9: Johnny Hodges Johnny Hodges 2
1994 An Introduction to Johnny Hodges: His Best Recordings 1928-1941 Johnny Hodges 1
1994 Passion Flower 1940-46 Johnny Hodges 1
1997 On the Way Up Johnny Hodges 1
1998 Planet Jazz Johnny Hodges 1
2000 The Complete Verve Johnny Hodges Small Group Sessions 1956-61 Johnny Hodges 1
2003 The Jeep Is Jumpin' Johnny Hodges 1
2004 The Complete 1937-1954 Small Group Sessions, Volume 1: 1937-1950 Johnny Hodges 1
2005 A Gentle Breeze Johnny Hodges 1
2010 Four Classic Albums Johnny Hodges 1
Hodge Podge (The Best of Duke's Men, Volume 1) Johnny Hodges 1
Johnny Hodges and Wild Bill Davis, Volume 1–2 (1965–1966) Johnny Hodges & Wild Bill Davis 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 At Sportpalast, Berlin Johnny Hodges 1

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