Tag: Duke Ellington

Rabbit’s Blues: The Life And Music Of Johnny Hodges: The Coming of Bird

Legendary saxophone player Johnny Hodges is the subject of a comprehensive new biography. This excerpt addresses the changing times of the mid-1940s and the arrival of an innovative but divisive new player, Charlie Parker.

Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: The Conny Plank Session (Groenland)

The results of a “session” between Duke Ellington and Conny Plank is enjoyable, even if it isn’t exactly a very important meeting.