Jerry Dodgion

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Jerry Dodgion
Born (1932-08-29) August 29, 1932 (age 84)
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Saxophone, flute

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

Dodgion 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.


As sideman[edit]

With the Count Basie Orchestra
With Richard Davis
With Johnny Hammond
With J. J. Johnson
  • J.J.! (RCA Victor, 1964)
With Etta Jones
With Yusef Lateef
With Herbie Mann
With Oliver Nelson
With Chico O'Farrill
With Duke Pearson
With Lalo Schifrin
With Shirley Scott
With Dinah Shore and Red Norvo
With Jimmy Smith
With Jimmy Smith and Wes Montgomery
With Sonny Stitt
With Cal Tjader
With Stanley Turrentine
With Gerald Wilson
With Kai Winding
With Phil Woods