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Art Hodes


Arthur W. Hodes (November 14, 1904 in Russia; died March 4, 1993 in Harvey, Illinois) is an American jazz pianist born in Ukraine. His family settled in Chicago, Illinois when he was a few months old. His career began in Chicago clubs, but he did not gain wider attention until moving to New York City in 1938. In that city he played with Sidney Bechet, Joe Marsala, and Mezz Mezzrow. Later Hodes founded his own band in the 1940s and it would be associated with his home town of Chicago. He and his band played mostly in that area for the next forty years. He also wrote for jazz magazines like Jazz Record


Article: Radio & Podcasts

More Fall Releases Plus Birthday Shoutouts To Lovie Austin, Vi Redd, Emily Remler & More

Read "More Fall Releases Plus Birthday Shoutouts To Lovie Austin, Vi Redd, Emily Remler & More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This broadcast includes new releases from Audrey Ochoa, Shuteen Erdenebaatar, Maddie Vogler, Teri Parker, Brandon Sanders featuring Jazzmeia Horn, vocalists Darden Purcell, plus a single from Samara Joy, with birthday shoutouts to Lovie Austin, Vi Redd, Emily Remler, Bobby Short, Catherine Russell, Kait Dunton, Norma Winstone and Ingrid Laubrock, among others. Thanks for listening and please ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases From Anat Cohen, Gentiane MG, Birthday Shoutouts To Lovie Austin, Vi Redd & More

Read "New Releases From Anat Cohen, Gentiane MG, Birthday Shoutouts To Lovie Austin, Vi Redd & More" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This broadcast presents new releases from vocalist Tracye Eileen, clarinetist Anat Cohen, Canadian pianist Gentiane MG plus a single from vibraphonist/marimbist Patricia Brennan, with birthday shoutouts to saxophonist Vi Redd, pianists Lovie Austin (Downhearted Blues), Kait Dunton, vocalists Catherine Russell, Norma Winstone, Sally Terrell and Rebecca Kilgore, among others. In the second hour, a set of ...

News: Video / DVD

Who Was Art Hodes?

Who Was Art Hodes?

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 ...


Article: Book Excerpts

Jive-Colored Glasses

Read "Jive-Colored Glasses" reviewed by John Goodman

The following is an excerpt from “Chapter 4: Chicago" of Jive-Colored Glasses by John F Goodman (jg publications, 2015). Growing up in and around jny: Chicago in the 1950s brought me to all kinds and flavors of jazz. Between the house parties, clubs and concerts, there was a menu to please everyone. The Rush ...

News: Recording

Art Hodes: I Remember Bessie

Art Hodes: I Remember Bessie

The end of World War II remains the most profound demarcation in jazz history. Jazz changed so radically and abruptly after 1945 that fans of the music split into two bickering camps. Pre-war jazz fans argued that their music had structure, charm and romanticism that post-war jazz lacked. Post-war jazz fans countered that their music was ...

News: Radio

Unplugged Jazz With Guitarist Marty Grosz This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

Unplugged Jazz With Guitarist Marty Grosz This Week On Riverwalk Jazz

Riverwalk Jazz this week features a giant of jazz rhythm guitar—Marty Grosz. His career spans over 60 years. Equal parts showman, jazz scholar and raconteur, Marty is a virtuoso in a playing style that’s both timeless and so far off the radar it’s all but lost in today’s music world. The program is distributed in the ...


Up In Volly's Room

Label: Delmark Records
Released: 2011
Track listing: St. Louis Blues; You Gotta Gimme Some; Struttin' With Some Barbecue; Tin Roof Blues; After You've Gone; Jackass Blues; Basin Street Blues; Volly's Room; I Know That You Know; Sobbin' Blues; Ode To Louis Armstrong; Ja Da; Panama Rag.


Article: Album Review

Art Hodes: Up In Volly's Room

Read "Up In Volly's Room" reviewed by Jack Huntley

Throughout his long career in and around the music industry, Art Hodes was a dedicated lover of what is now termed traditional jazz but was then the current, dynamic confluence of blues, ragtime and Dixieland influences. Coming of age in Chicago's vibrant 1920s music scene, Hodes digested the sounds of transplanted New Orleans musicians such as ...


Article: Album Review

Papa Bue: 80 at 80

Read "80 at 80" reviewed by Chris Mosey

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. It was an age of duffle coats, beards, sandals and sunglasses. It was the age of Trad. It was how European youth discovered jazz. Britain had Chris Barber, Ken Colyer and, a little further down the line--by which time newspaper headlines were referring to ...


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