Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com: accessed ), memorial page for Johnny Hodges (25 Jul 1906–11 May 1970), Find a Grave Memorial no. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Johnny Hodges was born on July 25, 1907 and died on May 11, 1970. Be on the lookout for your Britannica newsletter to get trusted stories delivered right to your inbox. Johnny was a member of the Carolina Cruisers Classic Car Club and had worked as an Elvis impersonator. Johnny was born on March 20, 1955, to the late Luther and Faye Hodges. It was therefore a shock, in 1951, when he decided to leave Duke Ellington and lead a band of his own. Johnny Hodges, birth name Cornelius Hodges, bynames Jeep and Rabbit, (born July 25, 1906, Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.—died May 11, 1970, New York, New York), American jazz saxophonist who was a featured soloist in Duke Ellington’s orchestra. He played lead alto in the saxophone section for many years. After beginning his career as a teenager in Boston, Hodges began to travel to New York and played with Lloyd Scott, Sidney Bechet, Luckey Roberts and Chick Webb. Duke Ellington's original 14-member band included such musicians as cornetist Rex Stewart, trombonist Lawrence Brown, baritone saxophonist Harry Carney, and alto saxophonist Johnny Hodges. He was married twice; he had a daughter by his first wife, Bertha Pettiford, and a son (John C. Hodges II) and a daughter (Lorna Lee) by his second wife, Edith Cue. Johnny was preceded in death by his parents, his in-laws Joseph E. Jones and Johnnie Lee Jones, his sister-in-law Judy Joyner Hodges, and his niece Maggie Thompson Phipps. :) Dennis and Fetina and kids. There was always room reserved in “his spot” for them to sit as well. Your email will not be used for any other purpose. Their admiration for him was evident as well. Johnny was preceded in death by his parents, Lamar and Ulmer Hodges, two wives, Ann Hodges and Becky Hodges and his brother, Jimmy Hodges. Johnson. Hodges was so closely associated with Ellington that jazz fans were taken by surprise when he left the band in 1951 to form his own combo. He played drums and piano early on before switching to soprano sax when he was 14. Renowned for the beauty of his tone and his mastery of ballads, Hodges was among the most influential sax players in the history of jazz. Hodges’s influence was so pervasive in American jazz that subsequent generations of saxophone players, even those who never heard him play, have emulated his style. We are heartbroken, but find some comfort knowing that Johnny has joined this group of angels, and they have already begun a joyous reunion in heaven. Hodges' last performances were at the Imperial Room in Toronto, less than a week before his May 11, 1970 death from a heart attack, suffered during a visit to the office of a dental surgeon. Johnny Hodges was a brilliant saxophonist who graced many of Duke Ellington’s recordings. There was not much that could melt his heart other than her, with the exception of his grandchildren. Hodges played lead alto in Ellington’s sax section; his melody lines were an important component in the band’s palette of sounds. Hodges played "My Honey's Lovin' Arms" for Bechet, who was impressed with his skill and encouraged him to keep on playing. An awesomely talented jazz alto saxophonist and band leader, best known for his standout work with Duke Ellington. Burial will follow in Bulloch Memorial Gardens. You should be able to view it in Chrome, Safari or Internet Explorer. Eldridge! Johnny Hodges, foreground, performing with Al Sears in New York, c. 1946. His wife, Tina, was the love of his life; they were married for nearly twenty years and she was the brightest light in any room to him. Credited as : alto saxophonist, Duke Ellington Band, "Jeep's Blues", © 2010 BrowseBiography.com - Your Website for informations, John Legend collaborates with Pharrell, Q-Tip and Hit-Boy for, Jeff Bezos buys The Washington Post though he won't be leading, Quote from Pope Francis 'Who Am I to Judge? Johnny was born on March 20, 1955, to the late Luther and Faye Hodges. While his mother was a skilled piano player, Hodges was mostly self-taught. Possessor of the most beautiful tone ever heard in jazz, altoist Johnny Hodges formed his style early on and had little reason to change it through the decades. Your browser does not support this video format. Premium Membership is now 50% off! Hodges built a name for himself in the Boston area before moving to New York in 1924. Born on July 25, 1907, Johnny Hodges was the saxophonist of choice for Duke Ellington. © 2020 Sardis-Heard Funerals & Cremation Center. He was born March 1, 1965 to the late mother Ruth Hodges and Benny Geter in Douglasville, Georgia. Mr. Hodges was born in Statesboro and lived in Bluffton, SC for many years before moving back to Statesboro. Let us know if you have suggestions to improve this article (requires login). An awesomely talented jazz alto saxophonist and band leader, best known for his standout work with Duke Ellington. , The loss of Hodges' sound prompted Ellington, upon learning of the musician's death from a heart attack, to lament to JET magazine: "The band will never sound the same without Johnny." Johnny Hodges Birthday and Date of Death. A gathering of family and friends will be held 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM Monday, May 16, 2016 in Hodges-Moore Funeral Home. receive updates when new memories are posted.  His first instruments were drums and piano. His playing became one of the identifying voices of the Ellington orchestra. Omissions? Other songs recorded by the Ellington Orchestra which prominently feature Hodges' smooth alto saxophone sound are "Magenta Haze", "Prelude to a Kiss", "Haupe" (from Anatomy of a Murder) – also notable are the "seductive" and hip-swaying "Flirtibird", featuring the "irresistibly salacious tremor" by Hodges, "The Star-Crossed Lovers" from Ellington's Such Sweet Thunder suite, "I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)", "Blood Count" and "Passion Flower". Johnny was preceded in death by his parents, Lamar and Ulmer Hodges, two wives, Ann Hodges and Becky Hodges and his brother, Jimmy Hodges. Date of birth : 1906-07-25 Date of death : 1970-05-11 Birthplace : Cambridge, Massachusetts,U.S. Hodges was featured on a countless number of performances with Ellington and also had many chances to lead recording dates with Ellington's sidemen. Nationality : American He then received instruction from the legendary Sidney Bechet, one of the first important jazz soloists and perhaps Hodges’s only major influence. On August 27, 2019, Johnny Lee Hodges, Sr. was called home to be with the Lord. In the spare time that he allowed himself, he enjoyed fishing, football, and sea otters. On Monday, October 19, 2020, Johnny Hodges went to be with the Lord at his home after a fifteen-month battle with IPF. Johnny Hodges was born on July 25, 1907 and died on May 11, 1970.