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Rabbit's Blues : The Life and Music of Johnny Hodges
by Con Chapman




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In his eulogy of saxophonist Johnny Hodges (1907-70), Duke Ellington ended with the words, 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. Hodges'
unforgettable tone resonated throughout the jazz world over the greater part of the twentieth century. Benny Goodman described Hodges as by far the greatest man on alto sax that I ever heard, and Charlie Parker compared him to Lily Pons, the operatic soprano. As a teenager, Hodges developed his
playing style by imitating Sidney Bechet, the New Orleans soprano sax player, then honed it in late-night cutting sessions in New York and a succession of bands lead by Chick Webb, Willie The Lion Smith, and Luckey Roberts. In 1928 he joined Duke Ellington, beginning an association that would
continue, with one interruption, until Hodges' death. Hodges' celebrated technique and silky tone marked him then, and still today, as one of the most important and influential saxophone players in the history of jazz. As the first ever biography on Johnny Hodges, Rabbit's Blues details his place
as one of the premier artists of the alto sax in jazz history, and his role as co-composer with Ellington.

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In his eulogy of saxophonist Johnny Hodges (1907-70), Duke Ellington ended with the words, 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. Hodges'
unforgettable tone resonated throughout the jazz world over the greater part of the twentieth century. Benny Goodman described Hodges as by far the greatest man on alto sax that I ever heard, and Charlie Parker compared him to Lily Pons, the operatic soprano. As a teenager, Hodges developed his
playing style by imitating Sidney Bechet, the New Orleans soprano sax player, then honed it in late-night cutting sessions in New York and a succession of bands lead by Chick Webb, Willie The Lion Smith, and Luckey Roberts. In 1928 he joined Duke Ellington, beginning an association that would
continue, with one interruption, until Hodges' death. Hodges' celebrated technique and silky tone marked him then, and still today, as one of the most important and influential saxophone players in the history of jazz. As the first ever biography on Johnny Hodges, Rabbit's Blues details his place
as one of the premier artists of the alto sax in jazz history, and his role as co-composer with Ellington.


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  • ISBN-13: 9780190653903
  • ISBN-10: 0190653906
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publish Date: September 2019
  • Page Count: 240
  • Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds


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