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Johnny Hodges

Cornelius "Johnny" Hodges (July 25, 1907 – 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. Hodges was also featured on soprano saxophone, but refused to play soprano after 1946. He is considered one of the definitive alto saxophone players of the big band era (along with Benny Carter).

After beginning his career as a teenager in Boston, Hodges began to travel to New York and played with Lloyd Scott, Sidney Bechet, Luckey 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.

Birth and Death Data: Born July 25th, 1906 (Cambridge), Died May 11th, 1970 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1928 - 1959

Roles Represented in DAHR: alto saxophone, clarinet, soprano saxophone, composer, leader, saxophone, songwriter

Notes: He is not to be confused with pianist Johnnie Hardge, whose name sometimes appears as "Hodges." Not to be confused with pianist Johnnie Hardge, whose name sometimes appears as "Hodges."

Recordings (Results 76-100 of 203 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor PBS-79156 10-in. 4/12/1934 Cocktails for two Duke Ellington Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone  
Victor PBS-79157 10-in. 4/12/1934 Live and love tonight Duke Ellington Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone  
Victor PBS-79169 10-in. 4/17/1934 I met my Waterloo Duke Ellington Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone  
Victor PBS-79211 10-in. 5/9/1934 Troubled waters Ivie Anderson ; Duke Ellington Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Victor PBS-79212 10-in. 5/9/1934 My old flame Ivie Anderson ; Duke Ellington Orchestra Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band instrumentalist, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone  
Victor BS-80144 10-in. 1/9/1934 Delta serenade Duke Ellington Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone, soprano saxophone  
Victor BS-80145 10-in. 1/9/1934 Stompy Jones Duke Ellington Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone  
Victor BS-80149 10-in. 1/10/1934 Solitude Duke Ellington Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Victor BS-80150 10-in. 1/10/1934 Blue feeling Duke Ellington Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone  
Victor BS-07792 10-in. 4/14/1937 Buzzin' 'round with the bee Lionel Hampton Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-07793 10-in. 4/14/1937 Whoa babe Lionel Hampton Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-07794 10-in. 4/14/1937 Stompology Lionel Hampton Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-07864 10-in. 4/26/1937 On the sunny side of the street Lionel Hampton Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-07865 10-in. 4/26/1937 Rhythm, rhythm Lionel Hampton Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-07866 10-in. 4/26/1937 China stomp Lionel Hampton Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-07867 10-in. 4/26/1937 I know that you know Lionel Hampton Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-044887 10-in. 3/6/1940 You, you darlin' Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra ; Herb Jeffries Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Victor BS-044888 10-in. 3/6/1940 Jack the Bear Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Victor BS-044889 10-in. 3/6/1940 Ko-ko Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone, clarinet  
Victor BS-044890 10-in. 3/7/1940 Morning glory Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, alto saxophone, clarinet  
Victor BS-044891 10-in. 3/7/1940 So far, so good Ivie Anderson ; Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Victor BS-049015 10-in. 3/15/1940 Conga brava Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Victor BS-049016 10-in. 3/15/1940 Concerto for Cootie Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Victor BS-049017 10-in. 3/15/1940 Me and you Ivie Anderson ; Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
Victor PBS-049655 10-in. 5/4/1940 Cotton tail Duke Ellington Famous Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, clarinet, alto saxophone  
(Results 76-100 of 203 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Hodges, Johnny," accessed November 26, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103184.

Hodges, Johnny. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 26, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103184.

"Hodges, Johnny." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 26 November 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103184

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