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Johnny Hodges

Born: Jul 25, 1906

Death: May 11, 1970

Birthplace: Cambridge

Profession: Actor

Nationality: United States

Johnny Hodges

Date of Birth : Jul 25, 1906
Date of Death : May 11, 1970
Birth Place : Cambridge

John Cornelius "Johnny" Hodges 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. He is considered one of the definitive alto saxophones players of the big band era. Hodges started playing with Lloyd Scott, Sidney Bechet, Lucky Roberts and Chick Webb. When Ellington wanted to expand his band in 1928, Ellington's clarinet player Barney Bigard recommended 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.


  • Actor
  • Musician
  • Saxophonist
  • Clarinetist

Also known as

  • Squatty Roo
  • Jeep
  • J. Hodges
  • Jhonny Hodges
  • Jony Hodges
  • Rabbit
  • Jhony Hodges
  • Jony Hoges
  • Johny Hodges
  • Hodges, Johnny
  • John Hodges
  • John Cornelius Hodge


  • John H. Hodges
  • Katie Swan Hodges
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