Dedicated to the man and his music
The rigors of the road were eased by informal rules of seniority. Here, trumpeter Cat Anderson and Johnny are shown on the Ellington band’s bus, on which Johnny would take the most coveted seat, the first one on the right-hand side. As the band’s top soloist, Johnny felt entitled to claim this spot.
We will use this website to share information about Johnny, his music, and his role within and outside the Duke Ellington Orchestra in the hope that appreciation for his art will grow, and we can develop a fitting tribute to him in the Cambridge-Boston area, where he was born and grew up, and to expand his influence by sponsoring education in the Hodges/Ellington tradition, and providing support for musicians who choose to work in that vein.
A group dedicated to honoring Johnny in Cambridge, Mass., has a Facebook page, and there are several other Facebook pages dedicated to him, including Johnny Hodges Fanclub, and Johnny Hodges Music. See also Duke Ellington Society and Duke Ellington page, which often contain tidbits about Hodges.
The Johnny Hodges Appreciation Society is a Massachusetts charitable corporation qualified for exemption under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions are deductible from income on your U.S. federal tax return and may also be deductible on your state tax return. Donations of $100 can choose between a copy of my bio of Johnny, "Rabbit's Blues: The Life and Music of Johnny Hodges" (Oxford University Press, 2019), or a t-shirt in a variety of styles. Our PayPal address is JHASorg@gmail.com.