Art Hodes

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Art Hodes
Art Hodes, Henry Allen, Pete Johnson, Lou McGarity, and Lester Young, National Press Club, Washington, D.C., ca. 1940 (William P. Gottlieb 03601).jpg
Art Hodes on the piano at left
Background information
Born(1904-11-14)November 14, 1904
Nikolayev, Russian Empire
DiedMarch 4, 1993(1993-03-04) (aged 88)
Harvey, Illinois, U.S.
GenresJazz
Occupation(s)Musician
InstrumentsPiano
Associated actsSidney Bechet, Joe Marsala, Mezz Mezzrow

Arthur W. Hodes (November 14, 1904 in Russian Empire – March 4, 1993 in Harvey, Illinois), known professionally as Art Hodes, was an American jazz pianist.

Biography[edit]

Hodes was born in Ukraine. His family settled in Chicago, Illinois when he was a few months old. His career began in Chicago clubs, but he did not gain wider attention until moving to New York City in 1938. In that city he played with Sidney Bechet, Joe Marsala, and Mezz Mezzrow.

Later Hodes founded his own band in the 1940s and it would be associated with his home town of Chicago. He and his band played mostly in that area for the next forty years.

In the late 1960s Hodes starred in a series of TV shows on Chicago style jazz called "Jazz Alley". Here he appeared with musicians such as Pee Wee Russell and Jimmy McPartland. Episodes of the show are available on DVD.

Hodes was editor of the magazine, The Jazz Record, for five years in the 1940s.[1]

He remained an educator and writer in jazz. During this period of his life and into the 1970s Hodes resided in south suburban Park Forest, Illinois.

He toured the UK in 1987 recording with drummer John Petters. In 1988 he returned to appear at the Cork jazz Festival with Petters and Wild Bill Davison. A tour, the "Legends of American Dixieland", followed in May 1989 with the same line-up.

Other musicians he played and recorded with included Louis Armstrong, Wingy Manone, Gene Krupa, Muggsy Spanier, Joe Marsala, Mezz Mezzrow, Sidney Bechet, Albert Nicholas, Wild Bill Davison, and Vic Dickenson.[2]

In 1998, he was inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame.

Quotation[edit]

Bebop? Avant-garde? Yeah, I heard of them. I also heard of these kids called the Bright Brothers – Wright Brothers? – who claim they can make you fly. It'll never catch on, none of it.

— Art Hodes (1981)[3]

Discography[edit]

As leader/co-leader[edit]

Year recorded Title Label Notes
1944 Apex Blues Jazzology Trio, with Mezz Mezzrow (clarinet), Danny Alvin (drums); in concert[4]
1961? Cat on the Keys Concert-Disc w/ Milt Grosz, Eddie Burleton, Truck Parham & Freddie Kohlman
1965 And His All-Star Stompers Jazzology With Larry Conger (trumpet), Charlie Bornemann (trombone), Tony Parenti (clarinet), Johnny Haynes (bass), Cliff Leeman (drums)[4]
1971 Recollections from the Past Solo Art Solo piano, plus narration[4]
1972 Up in Volly's Room Delmark With Nappy Trottier (trumpet), George Brunis (trombone), Volly DeFaut (clarinet), Truck Parham (bass), Barrett Deems (drums)[5]
1976? I Remember Bessie Euphonic reissued by Delmark
1977 Indianapolis Concert Solo Art Duo, with Herb Guy (bass); in concert[4]
1976–78 Tribute to the Greats Euphonic Solo piano;[4] reissued by Delmark
1978 Echoes of Chicago Jazzology With full ensemble[4]
1978 Art Hodes and the Magnolia Jazz Band, Volume One GHB [4]
1978 Art Hodes and the Magnolia Jazz Band, Volume Two GHB [4]
1981 Blues to Save the Trees L + R Some tracks solo piano; some tracks trio, with Reimer Von Essen (clarinet), Trevor Richards (drums)[6]
1981 Someone To Watch Over Me, "Live At Hanratty's" Muse Records Solo piano
1983 South Side Memories Sackville Solo piano[6]
1983 At Cafe Des Copains Solo Art Solo piano; in concert[4]
1985 Blues in the Night Sackville Solo piano[6]
1986 Glad to Be Here Solo Art Solo piano[4]
1986 Art Hodes Jazz Trio Jazzology With Trevor Whiting (reeds), John Petters (drums), Dave Bennett (vocals)[4]
1987 Art Hodes Trio Jazzology Trio, with Reimer Von Essen (clarinet, alto sax), Trevor Richards (drums)[4]
1987 Art Hodes Blue Five and Six Jazzology With Al Fairweather and Pat Halcox (trumpet), Wally Fawkes (clarinet), Fapy Lafertin (guitar), Andy Brown (bass), Dave Evans and Stan Greig (drums), Johnny Mars (vocals)[4]
1987? Joy To The Jazz World Parkwood Solo piano
1988 Pagin' Mr. Jelly Candid Solo piano[4]
1988 Keepin' out of Mischief Now Candid Solo piano[4]
Together Again CMJ with Wild Bill Davison & John Petters
Sensation CMJ with John Petters & Trevor Whiting
Coalition Jazzology With Wild Bill Davison (cornet), Campbell Burnap (trombone), Dave Bailey (clarinet), Keith Donald (bass), John Peters (drums)
Compilations
  • Vintage Art Hodes (Jazzology, 1930–50)[4]
  • Sessions at Blue Note (1944)[6]
  • The Jazz Record Story (Jazzology, 1943–46)[4]
  • The Duets (Solo Art, 1969–77)[4]
  • The Parkwood Creative Concept Sessions, Volume I (Parkwood, 1987–89)[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Art Hodes, a Pianist Known for the Blues In the Old Style, 88". Pareles, Jon, The New York Times, March 6, 1993. Retrieved July 17, 2014.
  2. ^ All about Jazz
  3. ^ quoted in Morton, Brian; Richard Cook (2010) [1992]. The Penguin Jazz Guide: The History of the Music in the 1001 Best Albums. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (10th ed.). New York: Penguin. p. 525. ISBN 978-0-14-104831-4.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. pp. 710–711. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.
  5. ^ a b Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (1996). The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD (3rd ed.). Penguin. pp. 639–640. ISBN 978-0-14-051368-4.
  6. ^ a b c d Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (1992). The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD, LP & Cassette (1st ed.). Penguin. pp. 526–527. ISBN 978-0-14-015364-4.

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