Do you know who is Hodges ?

Here is the Wikipedia notes of him;

John Cornelius Hodges (July 25, 1907 – May 11, 1970) was an American alto saxophonist, best known for solo work with Duke Ellington‘s big band. He played lead alto in the saxophone section for many years, except the period between 1932 and 1946 when Otto Hardwick generally played first chair. Hodges was also featured on soprano saxophone, but refused to play soprano after 1946, when he was given the lead chair.[1] He is considered one of the definitive alto saxophone players of the big band era (alongside Benny Carter).[2]

Hodges started playing with Lloyd ScottSidney BechetLucky Roberts and Chick Webb. When Ellington wanted to expand his band in 1928, Ellington’s clarinet player Barney Bigardrecommended Hodges. His playing became one of the identifying voices of the Ellington orchestra. From 1951 to 1955, Hodges left the Duke to lead his own band, but returned shortly before Ellington’s triumphant return to prominence – the orchestra’s performance at the 1956 Newport Jazz Festival.

So this piece written and performed by Onder Focan and vocal by Meltem Ege. So enjoy it.

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