the 1920's

from Duke Ellington: Music is my Mistress, pages 135-137:

As a youngster, Johnny Hodges was a saxophonist in Boston whose style, in the estimation of all other alto saxophonists, was unique. Even now, I have never yet met and don't know of a saxophonist who didn't say he was knocked out by Johnny Hodges. As I originally told Stanley Dance years ago, "Johnny Hodges has complete independence of expression. He says what he wants to say on the horn, and that is it. He says it in his language, which is specific, and you could say that his is pure artistry. He's the only man I know who can pick up a cold horn and play in tune without tuning up."……   more >>

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Duke Ellington, Duke Ellington: Music is my Mistress (New Jersey, 1973), p. 135-137. accessed: 9 December, 2022

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Alto saxophone music performed by Johnny Hodges

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1920's
Medium live
Listening Environment indoors

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Sat, 18 Apr 2015 17:51:16 +0100
Approved on Mon, 18 Apr 2016 11:48:44 +0100