Birthday of the smoothest alto man ever to blow, Johnny Hodges (July 25, 1906 – 1970), of whom Duke Ellington said in his eulogy that he possessed “a tone so beautiful it sometimes brought tears to the eyes…”

Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra, feat. Billie Holiday: Carelessly, 1937

Personnel: Teddy Wilson, Piano; Johnny Hodges, Alt. Sax; Cootie Williams, Trumpet; Harry Carney, Clarinet and Bass Clarinet; Allan Reuss, Guitar; Cozy Cole, Drums; John Kirby, Bass - and Billie Holiday - vocals

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American jazz musician, tenor sax player Hank Mobley was born July 7, 1930 (d. 1986, complications of lung disease). Mobley helped shape the hard-bop sound in the late 50s, but was laid-back in comparison with Coltrane and Rollins which made him less of an influence for later players. His 20+ Blue Note albums are an important record of this phase in jazz music…

Hank Mobley: Caroline (Lee Morgan) - from No Room For Squares, 1963

Personnel: Hank Mobley – tenor saxophone; Lee Morgan – trumpet; Andrew Hill – piano; John Ore – bass; Philly Joe Jones – drum

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Eric Dolphy (June 20, 1928 – 1964) was an American jazz alto saxophonist, flautist, and bass clarinetist. Dolphy was one of several groundbreaking jazz alto players to rise to prominence in the 1960s. He was also the first important bass clarinet soloist in jazz, and among the earliest significant flute soloists…

Eric Dolphy: Softly as in a Morning Sunrise - from The Illinois Concert, rec. 1963, rel. 1999

Personnel: Eric Dolphy (Alto Saxophone, Bass Clarinet, Flute); Herbie Hancock (Piano); Eddie Khan (Bass); J.C. Moses (Drums)

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A good all-star track for Johnny Hodges’ birthday

Metronome All Stars: Sweet Lorraine, recorded Dec. 17, 1946; arranged and conducted by Sy Oliver

Personnel: Frank Sinatra - vocals; Nat King Cole - piano; Coleman Hawkins - tenor saxophone; Johnny Hodges - alto saxophone; Harry Carney - baritone saxophone; Charlie Shavers - trumpet; Lawrence Brown - trombone; Bob Ahern - guitar; Eddie Safranski - bass; Buddy Rich - drums

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