The great Johnny HodgesHodg was inducted into the Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame at the Lincoln Center in 2005. They have now opened voting on the nominations for 2018. You can vote below by selecting three of the 10 nominees and voting is open until 11:59 pm on 28 April 2018. Among the contenders for 2018 are Teddy Wilson, Dinah Washington, Cecil Taylor and Freddie Hubbard. Details of how to vote can be found here: https://academy.jazz.org/hall-of-fame/
Celebrated photographer Charles Stewart took the cover shot for Oliver Nelson's album 'Oliver Nelson Plays Michelle', recorded for Universal Music's Impulse label on 13 and 14 April 1966. As well as two Beatles song, Nelson covered 'Once Up on a Time' by Johnny Hodges. Nelson’s band included Clark Terry and Joe Newman. ‘Once Upon a Time’ was also a favourite of pianist Earl Hines.
“Never the world’s most highly animated showman or greatest stage personality, but a tone so beautiful it sometimes brought tears to the eyes—this was Johnny Hodges. This is Johnny Hodges.” – Duke Ellington’s eulogy for Johnny. https://www.udiscovermusic.com/sto…/elegy-for-johnny-hodges/
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What a band! Johnny Hodges was on alto saxophone and brought together some amazing musicians for his album 'Blues-a-Plenty', which was recorded for Verve Records on this day 60 years ago. Roy Eldridge played trumpet, Billy Strayhorn was on piano, Vic Dickenson on trombone and Ben Webster _ Verve Records on tenor saxophone. The gorgeous artwork for the album was by Paula Powers, who did a series of jazz artwork covers in the 1950s. The album was cut on 5 April 1958 in New York.
'Count Basie _ Verve Records's band grew in size too, evolving into a finely-wrought compositional tool that featured superior soloists such as saxophonists Lester Young - Verve Records and Johnny Hodges.'
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The master saxophonist Ben Webster _ Verve Records was born on 27 March 1909 in Kansas City He was a huge fan of Sidney Bechet - Blue Note Records and Johnny Hodges, saying: “Bechet played the soprano saxophone well and it is a difficult instrument to play. Bechet played everything well. And I did love the way Johnny Hodges played it. In tune… of, he always did play in tune, and that’s a hard instrument to play in tune.”
‘Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Duke Ellington Song Book’ – featuring jazz greats such as Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Brown, Herb Ellis and Johnny Hodges – is almost unbeatable. Fitzgerald recorded so many great tribute albums, and has also been the focus of some of her own, but this remains one of the best tribute albums in history. It makes this uDiscover list of the 40 best tribute albums of all time
RIP Charlie Parker who died on 12 March 1955 in New York, aged just 34. His ‘Jam Session’ featured Johnny Hodges and Ben Webster _ Verve Records.
RIP Tiny Grimes, who died on 4 March 1989, aged 72. The guitarist played with Art Tatum, Coleman Hawkins and Johnny Hodges. In 1944, Grimes recorded four sides for Savoy Records, all of which featured the saxophonist Charlie Parker in some of his earliest efforts
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