Today in Black History 07/25/2015 | John Cornelius “Johnny” Hodges - The Charles H. Wright Museum Blog

Today in Black History 07/25/2015 | John Cornelius “Johnny” Hodges

 July 25, 1906 John Cornelius “Johnny” Hodges, hall of fame jazz alto saxophonist, was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Hodges was mostly self-taught. He is best known for his solo work with Duke Ellington’s big band, being prominently featured on recordings such as “Confab with Rab,” “Jeep’s Blues,” and “Hodge Podge.” Hodges played with Ellington from 1928 to 1950 when he left to lead his own band. Recordings with Hodges as lead include “Castle Rock” (1951), “Blues-A- Plenty” (1958), and “Triple Play” (1967). Hodges died May 11, 1970. Ellington stated in his eulogy that Hodges had “a tone so beautiful it sometimes brought tears to the eye.” Hodges was posthumously inducted into the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame in 1970.

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