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

Con Chapman


The book explores the career of Johnny Hodges, at one time one of the most famous saxophone players in the world. He was closely identified with Duke Ellington’s orchestra, playing with that seminal jazz group for nearly four decades, with only a four-year break in the early 1950s, when he led a band of his own. Just a few years after his death, however, he would be largely forgotten and his style considered passé. The book details why Hodges deserves reconsideration: he helped codify the vocabulary and syntax of his instrument in a jazz context, drawing inspiration from Sidney Bechet and Loui ... More

Keywords: Johnny Hodges, Duke Ellington, jazz saxophone, African American music, Boston music, blues

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190653903
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190653903.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Con Chapman, author