Saturday, 25 July 2015

109th birthday of Johnny Hodges

(Born 25 July 1906, Cambridge, Massachusetts, US)
Enduring lead alto saxophonist in the incomparable Duke Ellington Orchestra for nearly 40 years, beginning 1928
(Charlie Parker: Jam Sessions, “Funky blues” [personnel: Parker, alto saxophone; Charlie Shavers, trumpet; Johnny Hodges, alto saxophone; Benny Carter, alto saxophone; Ben Webster, tenor saxophone; Flip Phillips, tenor saxophone; Barney Kessel, guitar; Oscar Peterson, piano; Ray Brown, bass; JC Heard, drums; recorded: Radio Recorders, Hollywood, California, July 1952])

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