Music Museum of New England
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To preserve, honor and showcase New England’s musical heritage.

Johnny Hodges

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Before Cambridge native and longtime Boston resident Johnny Hodges became one of the most renowned alto saxophonists in the world, as a member of the Duke Ellington orchestra, he experimented on a number of other instruments. He played drums, then piano, but more for fun than profit, then started to find his voice when he took up the soprano sax at the age of 14, soon developing a gorgeous tone — especially on ballads — that would set him apart. Though Hodges was mostly self-taught, he did get some mentoring
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