Johnny Dodds
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1892-04-12
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Johnny Dodds

Biography

With a throbbing, bluesy tone, and great expressive feeling in his sound, Dodds was a supreme exponent of early New Orleans clarinet playing, and was a member of some of the finest ensembles of the classic jazz period of the ...

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Biography

With a throbbing, bluesy tone, and great expressive feeling in his sound, Dodds was a supreme exponent of early New Orleans clarinet playing, and was a member of some of the finest ensembles of the classic jazz period of the 1920s. He took up clarinet in his home town of New Orleans in his late teens, and worked with Kid Ory and riverboat bandleader Fate Marable before joining King Oliver in 1919.

With Oliver he worked in Chicago and California, before returning to Chicago as a member of Oliver's Creole Jazz Band which also included Louis Armstrong. He eventually left OIiver to spend some years working with Freddie Keppard at Kelly's Stables, but all the while he recorded proliofically, and his best work is in his discs with Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, and his younger brother, drummer Baby Dodds (1989-1959).

He also appeared on various anonymous sessions, of which the finest are by the New Orleans Wanderers, including his famous Perdido Street Blues. He continued to lead a band in Chicago during the 1930s, and although the days of classic jazz were over, he made some fine discs in 1938 with Charlie Shavers and members of bassist John Kirby's band, as well as a last session with several old New Orleans colleagues in June 1940, just two months before his death.


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Louis Armstrong & Louis Armstrong
Potato Head Blues
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Potato Head Blues
Louis Armstrong & Louis Armstrong
Savoy Blues
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Savoy Blues
Johnny St. Cyr
Savoy Blues
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Savoy Blues
Johnny Dodds
Melancholy
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Melancholy
Johnny St. Cyr
Gully Low Blues
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Gully Low Blues
Johnny St. Cyr
Drop That Sack
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Drop That Sack
Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five
Hotter Than That
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Hotter Than That
Johnny St. Cyr
Perdido Street Blues
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Perdido Street Blues
Louis Armstrong's Hot Seven
Potato Head Blues
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Potato Head Blues
Johnny Dodds
Heah Me Talkin' To Ya
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Heah Me Talkin' To Ya
King Oliver & Louis Armstrong
Dippermouth Blues
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Dippermouth Blues
Bill Johnson, Charlie Alexander, Johnny Dodds & Johnny Dodds
Blue Clarinet Stomp (No.1)
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Blue Clarinet Stomp (No.1)
Lil Armstrong, Louis Armstrong, Johnny Dodds, Kid Ory & Johnny St. Cyr
My Heart
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My Heart
Johnny Dodds
Bull Fiddle Blues
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Bull Fiddle Blues
Johnny Dodds
Blues Galore
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Blues Galore
Johnny Dodds
Flat Foot
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Flat Foot
Johnny Dodds
Mad Dog
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Mad Dog
Johnny Dodds
Johnny Dodds - Perdido Street Blues
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Johnny Dodds - Perdido Street Blues
Johnny Dodds
New St Louis Blues
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New St Louis Blues
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Johnny Dodds Biography

With a throbbing, bluesy tone, and great expressive feeling in his sound, Dodds was a supreme exponent of early New Orleans clarinet playing, and was a member of some of the finest ensembles of the classic jazz period of the 1920s. He took up clarinet in his home town of New Orleans in his late teens, and worked with Kid Ory and riverboat bandleader Fate Marable before joining King Oliver in 1919.

With Oliver he worked in Chicago and California, before returning to Chicago as a member of Oliver's Creole Jazz Band which also included Louis Armstrong. He eventually left OIiver to spend some years working with Freddie Keppard at Kelly's Stables, but all the while he recorded proliofically, and his best work is in his discs with Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, and his younger brother, drummer Baby Dodds (1989-1959).

He also appeared on various anonymous sessions, of which the finest are by the New Orleans Wanderers, including his famous Perdido Street Blues. He continued to lead a band in Chicago during the 1930s, and although the days of classic jazz were over, he made some fine discs in 1938 with Charlie Shavers and members of bassist John Kirby's band, as well as a last session with several old New Orleans colleagues in June 1940, just two months before his death.

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