Video: Johnny Hodges, 1969

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Johnny Hodges
Johnny Hodges
Johnny Hodges
1907 - 1970
sax, alto
was an alto saxophonist who joined Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington
1899 - 1974
in 1928 and developed a sweet, high-vibrato sound popularized in the 1930s by Benny Carter
Benny Carter
Benny Carter
1907 - 2003
sax, alto
. He also was one of the smoothest swing improvisers on the instrument, praised by reed masters from Benny Goodman
Benny Goodman
Benny Goodman
1909 - 1986
to Charlie Parker
Charlie Parker
Charlie Parker
1920 - 1955
sax, alto
. Yesterday, I spent a few hours listening to “Rabbit," as Hodges was known, so I thought I'd share a few terrific video clips from 1969 with you... 

Here's Hodges with Ellington in Berlin in 1969 on Don't Get Around Much Anymore....

Here's Hodges with Alice Babs on Ellington's Heaven...

Here's Hodges again in Berlin in 1969, swinging on Black Butterfly...

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