Art Hodes

Art Hodes

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Art Hodes
Art Hodes, Henry Allen, Pete Johnson, Lou McGarity, and Lester Young, National Press Club, Washington, D.C., ca. 1940 (William P. Gottlieb 03601).jpg
Art Hodes on the piano at left
Background information
Birth name Arthur W. Hodes
Born November 14, 1904
NikolayevRussian Empire
Origin Chicago, Illinois
Died March 4, 1993 (aged 88)
Harvey, Illinois, United States
Genres Jazz
Occupations Musician
Instruments Piano
Associated acts Sidney BechetJoe Marsala,Mezz Mezzrow

Arthur W. Hodes (November 14, 1904, Russian Empire – March 4, 1993, Harvey, Illinois), known professionally as Art Hodes, was an American jazz pianist.


Hodes was 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 BechetJoe Marsala, andMezz 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.

In the late 1960s Hodes starred in a series of TV shows on Chicago style jazz called “Jazz Alley”. Here he appeared with greats likePee Wee Russell and Jimmy McPartland. He also wrote for jazz magazines like Jazz Record. He remained an educator and writer in jazz. During this period of his life and into the 1970s Hodes resided in south suburban Park Forest, Illinois.

He toured the UK in 1987 recording with drummer John Petters. In 1988 he returned to appear at the Cork jazz Festival with Petters and Wild Bill Davison. A tour, the Legends of American Dixieland, followed in May 1989 with the same line-up.

Other musicians he played and recorded with included Louis ArmstrongWingy ManoneGene KrupaMuggsy SpanierJoe Marsala,Mezz MezzrowSidney BechetAlbert NicholasWild Bill Davison, and Vic Dickenson.

In 1998, he was inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame.

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