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Who Was Art Hodes?


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Born in 1904 in what today is Ukraine, Art Hodes and his family left the country a few months after he arrived, likely following a violent wave of attacks against Jewish families. After docking in New York, they settled in Chicago, where a young Hodes began playing blues piano in the city's clubs. When Hodes was 24, in 1938, he moved to New York, where his reputation took off.

Here are a series of Chicago TV shows in 1969 that featured Hodes and his band, courtesy of Ian R. Mackenzie, who found the YouTube links:

Here's Part 1 of Hodes on Chicago's public television station...

Here's Part 2...

And here's another, with Bud Freeman on tenor saxophone...

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This story appears courtesy of JazzWax by Marc Myers.
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