was an alto saxophonist who joined Duke Ellington
in 1928 and developed a sweet, high-vibrato sound popularized in the 1930s by Benny Carter
. He also was one of the smoothest swing improvisers on the instrument, praised by reed masters from Benny Goodman
to Charlie Parker
. 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
Hodges with Alice Babs on Ellington's Heaven
Hodges again in Berlin in 1969, swinging on Black Butterfly
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