Johnny Hodges

Johnny Hodges Biography.com

Saxophonist(1906–1970)
American jazz saxophonist Johnny Hodges, a featured soloist in Duke Ellington's orchestra, was among the most influential sax players in the history of jazz.

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Johnny Hodges was born July 25, 1906 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He took up the soprano saxophone at 14. He worked in Boston and New York during the mid-1920s, playing in bands led by Lloyd Scott, Chick Webb, Bobby Sawyer, Luckey Roberts, and Bechet. He joined Duke Ellington's orchestra in 1928 and was the band's most-featured soloist for the next four decades. In 1951 he formed his own combo.

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