Born: July 25, 1907 | Died: May 11, 1970
Never the world's most highly animated showman or greatest stage personality, but a tone so beautiful it sometimes brought tears to the eyes, this was Johnny Hodges. Because of this great loss, our band will never sound the same. Johnny Hodges sometimes sounded beautiful, sometimes romantic, and sometimes people spoke of his tone as being sensuous. With the exception of a year or so, almost his entire career was with us. So far as our wonderful listening audience was concerned, there was a great feeling of expectancy when they looked up and saw Johnny Hodges sitting in the middle of the saxophone section, in the front row. I am glad and thankful that I had the privilege of presenting Johnny Hodges for forty years, night after night. I imagine I have been much envied, but thanks to God....” Duke Ellington eulogy....
Source: James Nadal
Yeah...About ThatVeritas Entertainment
Johnny Hodges: Second SetAvid Records UK
The Complete Verve Johnny Hodges Small Group Sessions 1956-61Scandia
The Complete 1941-1954 Small Group Sessions, Vol. 5 1954Scandia
Everybody Knows Johnny HodgesScandia
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