New Book Explores the Art and Idiosyncracies of Johnny Hodges

In the meticulously researched Rabbit’s Blues: The Life and Music of Johnny Hodges (Oxford University Press), author Con Chapman paints a fascinating portrait of one of Duke Ellington’s most valued sideman. A complex individual, the surly saxophonist crafted some of the most tender, romantic solos to ever issue from the Ellington bandstand. And while he

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