Donald's Encyclopedia of Popular Music
(b 14 Nov. '04, Nikoliev, Russia; d 4 March '93, Chicago) Pianist in trad. jazz style, specializing in blues. Emigrated to USA age six months; grew up in Chicago, played dances at Hull House, worked in Midwest, mainly Chicago, until '38; to East Coast, mainly NYC, until back to Chicago '50 (meanwhile edited magazine Jazz Record '43--7; published Selections From The Gutter '77 of profiles from the magazine edited by Hodes and Chadwick Hansen). Overlooked and patronized by some as a white man sticking to trad. style, in fact he did it with genuine feeling and got better as he got older. Made record debut with Wingy Manone '28, also worked with Mezz Mezzrow, many others. Albums (many solo) incl. Art Of Hodes, When Music Was Music and I Remember Bessie on Euphonic; five on Jazzology incl. Home Cookin' '74 and Echoes Of Chicago '78 as well as reissues of earlier stuff from '43--4; three on Delmark with Pops Foster, George Brunis, Barney Bigard etc; Just The Two Of Us (duet with Milt Hinton) and solo Someone To Watch Over Me both '81 on Muse; two vols with Magnolia Jazz Band on GHB made in San Francisco '84; several more incl. solos South Side Memories '83 and Blues In The Night '85 on Sackville. The Complete Art Hodes Blue Note Sessions was issued on five LPs in a limited edition by Mosaic. Among his last recordings were in '88: Something Personal Alone With Friends on Dawn Club (from Cadillac in UK); Pagin' Mr Jelly (solo tribute to Jelly Roll Morton) and Keepin' Out Of Mischief Now both on Candid.