Phil Bodner

Philip L. Bodner (June 13, 1917 – February 24, 2008) was an American multi-instrumentalist and studio musician, active in jazz and popular music idioms. Best known as a reedist, he played clarinet, saxophone, oboe, English horn, and flute.

Bodner was born in Waterbury, Connecticut and played in the 1940s and 1950s as a sideman for studio recordings in New York City; he did jazz sessions with Benny Goodman in 1958 and with Miles Davis and Gil Evans in 1958. He organized The Brass Ring, a group modeled after Herb Alpert, which had popular success in the mid-1960s, and also played with Oliver Nelson and J.J. Johnson in that decade. Associations in the 1970s included Oscar Peterson, Yusef Lateef, Peanuts Hucko, Wild Bill Davison, and Ralph Sutton. Bodner also played the signature piccolo part on the international disco hit "The Hustle" by Van McCoy. He worked in a swing style with Marty Napoleon, Mel Lewis, and George Duvivier in the 1980s, and also played with Maxine Sullivan and Barbara Carroll. He released an album under his own name, Jammin' at Phil's Place, on Jazzmania Records in 1990, with Milt Hinton, Bobby Rosengarden, and Derek Smith as sidemen. Other work in the 1970s included playing with Ralph Sutton and Johnny Varro, working with Mingus Epitaph, and arranging Louie Bellson's tribute to Duke Ellington's Black, Brown and Beige.

Bodner died on February 24, 2008 at age 90.

Birth and Death Data: Born June 13th, 1917 (Waterbury), Died February 24th, 2008 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1941 - 1958

Roles Represented in DAHR: saxophone, reeds

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor PBS-061314 10-in. 6/25/1941 Yours Californians ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with female-male vocal duet instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor PBS-061315 10-in. 6/25/1941 The Indians threw rocks at Columbus Rose Blane ; Californians ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor PBS-061316 10-in. 6/25/1941 A beautiful lady in blue Californians ; Abe Lyman ; Larry Stewart Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor PBS-061317 10-in. 6/25/1941 Johnson Special Californians ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-063850 10-in. 5/5/1941 When the lilacs bloom again Californians ; Abe Lyman ; Frank Parrish Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-063851 10-in. 5/5/1941 Feed-box Freddie Rose Blane ; Californians ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-063852 10-in. 5/5/1941 Dawn (The dawn of love) Californians ; Eddie Holly ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-063853 10-in. 5/5/1941 Love, you are mine tonight Californians ; Eddie Holly ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-075207 10-in. 5/19/1942 He wears a pair of silver wings Californians ; Abe Lyman ; Billy Sherman Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-075208 10-in. 5/19/1942 Amen Rose Blane ; Californians ; Abe Lyman Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo and vocal ensemble instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-075209 10-in. 5/19/1942 For me and my gal Californians ; Abe Lyman ; Billy Sherman Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, saxophone  
Victor BS-075210 10-in. 5/19/1942 La golondrina Californians ; Abe Lyman ; Billy Sherman Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, saxophone  
Decca 104077 1/21/1958 Holiday Barry Galbraith instrumentalist, reeds  
Decca 104078 1/21/1958 I like to recognize the tune Barry Galbraith instrumentalist, reeds  
Decca 104079 1/21/1958 Portrait of Jennie Barry Galbraith instrumentalist, reeds  
Decca 104080 1/21/1958 A gal in calico Barry Galbraith instrumentalist, reeds  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Bodner, Phil," accessed October 26, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/304878.

Bodner, Phil. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 26, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/304878.

"Bodner, Phil." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 26 October 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/304878

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