Jerry Dodgion

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Jerry Dodgion
Born (1932-08-29) August 29, 1932 (age 88)
InstrumentsSaxophone, flute

Jerry Dodgion (born August 29, 1932) is an American jazz saxophonist and flautist.

Dodgion was born in Richmond, California. He played alto sax in middle school and began working locally in the San Francisco area in the 1950s. He played in bands with Rudy Salvini, John Coppola/Chuck Travis and Gerald Wilson and worked with the Vernon Alley Quartet, who accompanied Billie Holiday in 1955. He played with Gerald Wilson from 1953 to 1955, Benny Carter in the 1950s, Red Norvo from 1958 to 1961, Benny Goodman (for his 1962 tour of the Soviet Union), Oliver Nelson, Thad Jones and Mel Lewis (from 1965-1979), Herbie Hancock, Duke Pearson, Blue Mitchell, Count Basie, and Marian McPartland. Dodgion was married to drummer Dottie Dodgion for 20 years.

Dodgion had a long career as a sideman, recording up to 2004 only two dates as leader or co-leader: two tracks in 1955 for Fantasy Records with Sonny Clark on piano and an album in 1958 for World Pacific together with Charlie Mariano. Dodgion's first true release as a bandleader arrived in 2004 with an ensemble called The Joy of Sax, featuring saxophonists Frank Wess, Brad Leali, Dan Block and Jay Brandford, pianist Mike LeDonne, bassist Dennis Irwin and percussionist Joe Farnsworth.


With Louis Armstrong

With the Count Basie Orchestra

With Randy Brecker

  • Score (Solid State, 1969)

With Ron Carter

With Al Cohn

With Tadd Dameron
With Richard Davis
With Jerry Dodgion Quartet
  • Modern Music From San Francisco (Fantasy, 1955)
With Lou Donaldson

With Benny Green

With Bobby Hackett
With Johnny Hammond
With Herbie Hancock
With Antônio Carlos Jobim
With J. J. Johnson
With Etta Jones

With Quincy Jones

With The Thad Jones/ Mel Lewis Orchestra
With Yusef Lateef
With Herbie Mann
With Marian McPartland
  • Portrait of Marian McPartland (Concord, 1980)
With Blue Mitchell
With Wes Montgomery
With Oliver Nelson

With David "Fathead" Newman

With Chico O'Farrill

With Jimmy Owens

With Duke Pearson
With Lalo Schifrin
With Shirley Scott

With Jack Sheldon

With Dinah Shore and Red Norvo
With Jimmy Smith
With Jimmy Smith and Wes Montgomery

With Dakota Staton

With Sonny Stitt
With Cal Tjader
With Stanley Turrentine
With Grover Washington, Jr.
With Gerald Wilson
With Kai Winding
With Phil Woods