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Who doesn’t recall their feelings upon first hearing Johnny Hodges?  The rich warmth of his luscious tone was instantly memorable.   The emotional, succulent sound of his instrument floated from the speaker so luxuriously it could make even a staunch atheist imagine the existence of heaven.  His music elicited wonder, cool, and passion.

 

In a Jerry Jazz Musician interview, Con Chapman, author of Rabbit’s Blues:  The Life and Music of Johnny Hodges – the first-ever biography of the immortal musician – talks about the enigmatic man and his unforgettable sound.

 

Also in this issue…lots of new poetry and short fiction, an interview with Paul Lopes, author of Art Rebels:  Race, Class and Gender in the Art of Miles Davis and Martin Scorsese;  a new edition of Great Encounters; a new Jazz History Quiz, and lots more…

IN THIS ISSUE

photo of Jackie McLean by Veryl Oakland

Veryl Oakland’s “Jazz in Available Light” — photos (and stories) of Mal Waldron, Jackie McLean and Joe Henderson

In this edition, Veryl Oakland’s photographs and stories feature Mal Waldron, Jackie McLean and Joe Henderson

photo by Francis Wolff/© Mosaic Images

Interview with Paul Lopes, author of Art Rebels: Race, Class and Gender in the Art of Miles Davis and Martin Scorsese

In a Jerry Jazz Musician interview, Paul Lopes — associate professor of Sociology at Colgate University — makes a compelling case for how ethnicity, class, and hypermasculinity impacted the work of these two visionary, independent artists.

Photo/CC0 Public Doman

Short Fiction Contest-winning story #52 — “Random Blonde,” by Zandra Renwick

…..I’ve been bitter a long time. It’s like sucking a wedge of lemon on and on and on, pulp disintegrating, everything dissolving until the flavor turns mellow and mild, almost sweet. I’ve been bitter so long it’s hard to know anymore how anything should feel…

photo William Gottlieb/Library of Congress

Great Encounters: When Johnny Hodges met Sidney Bechet

In this edition of “Great Encounters,” Con Chapman, author of Rabbit’s Blues: The Life and Music of Johnny Hodges, writes about Hodges’ early musical training, and the first meeting he had with Sidney Bechet, the influential and legendary reed player who Hodges called “tops in my book.”

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