Johnny Hodges

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by Johnny Hodges

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John Cornelius Hodge, 25 July 1907, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, d. 11 May 1970, New York City, New York, USA. One of the greatest alto saxophonists in jazz, Hodges first tried other instruments before settling upon the one that would best serve his glorious romanticism. Largely self-taught, Hodges played in a number of minor bands in Boston and New York in the early 20s but also spent a little time with Willie ‘The Lion’ Smith, in whose band he replaced Sidney Bechet - who had... Read more

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jazz
saxophone
swing
blues
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