Sunday, July 25, 2010
Musically Minded by Kimberly Low
Bubble Jim by Sabina Singh
School Days by Jamie Maxfield
The Tao of Sunday by Idy Tao
John Cornelius "Johnny" Hodges (25 July 1906 in Cambridge, Massachusetts – 11 May 1970) was an American alto saxophonist and lead player of Duke Ellington's saxophone section. He spent 38 years with Ellington, leaving to lead his own band from 1951 to 1955, returning to the fold shortly before Ellington's triumphant return to prominence via the orchestra's performance at the 1956 Newport Jazz Festival. 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, who was featured on both alto and soprano sax. His playing became the identifying voice of the Ellington orchestra.
Read an interview with Johnny Hodges and bandmate Harry Carney.