Re-Birth of The Cool |Johnny Hodges

I wanted to showcase a few individuals that helped me put together my own personal style and my love for music.  I’m starting off with a smooth cat in my eyes Mr. Johnny Hodges

John Cornelius “Johnny” Hodges (July 25, 1906 – May 11, 1970) was an American alto saxophonist, best known for his solo work with Duke Ellington’s big band. He played lead alto in the saxophone section for many years, except the period between 1932 – 1946 when Otto Hardwick generally played first chair. Hodges was also featured on soprano saxophone, but refused to play soprano after 1946, when he also got the task of playing the lead chair.

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