|Birth name||Arthur W. Hodes|
|Born||November 14, 1904|
Mykolaiv, Russian Empire
|Died||March 4, 1993 (aged 88)|
Harvey, Illinois, U.S.
Arthur W. Hodes (November 14, 1904 – March 4, 1993), was a Russian Empire-born American jazz and blues pianist. He is regarded by many critics as the greatest white blues pianist.
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Hodes was born in Mykolaiv, in present-day 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 New York, 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 hometown 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, where he appeared with musicians such as Pee Wee Russell and Jimmy McPartland. Episodes of the show have been released on DVD.
Hodes was editor of the magazine, The Jazz Record, for five years in the 1940s.
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 visited Ireland 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, Kenny Davern, Albert Nicholas, Wild Bill Davison, Barney Bigard, and Vic Dickenson.
In 1998, he was inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame.
Ethan Iverson wrote an article on Hodes, "Selections from the Gutter", which includes a transcription of Hodes's first 78, "Ross Tavern Boogie".
Hodes died in March 1993, in Harvey, Illinois, at the age of 88.
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)
|1944||Apex Blues||Jazzology||Trio, with Mezz Mezzrow (clarinet), Danny Alvin (drums); in concert|
|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)|
|1968||Bucket's Got A Hole In It||Delmark||With Barney Bigard (clarinet), Rail Wilson (bass), Barrett Deems (drums) - Nap Trottier (trumpet) and George Brunis (trombone) on some tracks|
|1971||Recollections from the Past||Solo Art||Solo piano, plus narration|
|1971||Art For Art's Sake||Jazzology Records|
|1972||Up in Volly's Room||Delmark||With Nappy Trottier (trumpet), George Brunis (trombone), Volly DeFaut (clarinet), Truck Parham (bass), Barrett Deems (drums)|
|1976?||I Remember Bessie||Euphonic||reissued by Delmark|
|1973||Selections From The Gutter||Storyville Records|
|1977||Indianapolis Concert||Solo Art||Duo, with Herb Guy (bass); in concert|
|1976–78||Tribute to the Greats||Euphonic||Solo piano; reissued by Delmark|
|1978||Echoes of Chicago||Jazzology||With full ensemble|
|1978||Art Hodes and the Magnolia Jazz Band, Volume One||GHB|||
|1978||Art Hodes and the Magnolia Jazz Band, Volume Two||GHB|||
|1980||When Music Was Music||Euphonic Sound Recordings|
|1981||Blues to Save the Trees||L + R||Some tracks solo piano; some tracks trio, with Reimer Von Essen (clarinet), Trevor Richards (drums)|
|1981||Someone to Watch Over Me, "Live at Hanratty's"||Muse||Solo piano|
|1983||South Side Memories||Sackville||Solo piano|
|1983||At Cafe Des Copains||Solo Art||Solo piano; in concert|
|1985||Blues in the Night||Sackville||Solo piano|
|1986||Glad to Be Here||Solo Art||Solo piano|
|1986||Art Hodes Jazz Trio||Jazzology||With Trevor Whiting (reeds), John Petters (drums), Dave Bennett (vocals)|
|1987||Art Hodes Trio||Jazzology||Trio, with Reimer Von Essen (clarinet, alto sax), Trevor Richards (drums)|
|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)|
|1987?||Joy to the Jazz World||Parkwood||Solo piano|
|1988||Pagin' Mr. Jelly||Candid||Solo piano|
|1988||Something Personal Alone With Friends||Dawn Club 77-Series||Solo piano|
|1988||Keepin' out of Mischief Now||Candid||Solo piano|
|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)|
- Vintage Art Hodes (Jazzology, 1930–50)
- Sessions at Blue Note (1944)
- The Jazz Record Story (Jazzology, 1943–46)
- The Duets (Solo Art, 1969–77)
- The Parkwood Creative Concept Sessions, Volume I (Parkwood, 1987–89)
- ^ a b c d e f Colin Larkin, ed. (1992). The Guinness Who's Who of Jazz (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. pp. 204/6. ISBN 0-85112-580-8.
- ^ "Art Hodes American pianist". www.britannica.com. Retrieved December 18, 2021.
- ^ Pareles, Jon (March 6, 1993). "Art Hodes, a Pianist Known for the Blues In the Old Style, 88". The New York Times. Retrieved July 17, 2014.
- ^ "Art Hodes: Vintage Art Hodes album review". Allaboutjazz.com. Retrieved February 16, 2020.
- ^ "Obituary: Art Hodes". The Independent. October 23, 2011. Retrieved July 28, 2021.
- ^ quoted in Morton, Brian; Richard Cook (2010) . 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.
- ^ 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.
- ^ 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.
- ^ 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.
- Selections From the Gutter (Art Hodes) "Selections from the Gutter," article by Ethan Iverson
- 1904 births
- 1993 deaths
- Jazz musicians from Illinois
- Musicians from Chicago
- 20th-century American pianists
- 20th-century American male musicians
- American jazz pianists
- American male pianists
- American male jazz musicians
- Emigrants from the Russian Empire to the United States
- Blue Note Records artists
- Candid Records artists
- Delmark Records artists
- Muse Records artists
- Sackville Records artists
- Jazzology Records artists
- Mercury Records artists