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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 (1904-11-14)November 14, 1904
Nikolayev, Russian Empire
Died March 4, 1993(1993-03-04) (aged 88)
Harvey, Illinois, U.S.
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Piano
Associated acts Sidney Bechet, Joe Marsala, Mezz Mezzrow

Arthur W. Hodes (November 14, 1904 – March 4, 1993), 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 Bechet, Joe Marsala, and Mezz Mezzrow.

Later, Hodes founded his own band in the 1940s and it would be associated with his hometown 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 musicians such as Pee Wee Russell and Jimmy McPartland. Episodes of the show have been released on DVD.

Hodes was editor of the magazine, The Jazz Record, for five years in the 1940s.

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 visited Ireland 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 Armstrong, Wingy Manone, Gene Krupa, Muggsy Spanier, Joe Marsala, Mezz Mezzrow, Sidney Bechet, Albert Nicholas, Wild Bill Davison, Barney Bigard, and Vic Dickenson.

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

Ethan Iverson has written an article on Hodes, "Selections from the Gutter," which includes a transcription of Hodes's first 78, "Ross Tavern Boogie."


Bebop? Avant-garde? Yeah, I heard of them. I also heard of these kids called the Bright Brothers – Wright Brothers? – who claim they can make you fly. It'll never catch on, none of it.

—Art Hodes (1981)


As leader/co-leader

Year recorded Title Label Notes
1944 Apex Blues Jazzology Trio, with Mezz Mezzrow (clarinet), Danny Alvin (drums); in concert
1961? Cat on the Keys Concert-Disc w/ Milt Grosz, Eddie Burleton, Truck Parham & Freddie Kohlman
1965 And His All-Star Stompers Jazzology With Larry Conger (trumpet), Charlie Bornemann (trombone), Tony Parenti (clarinet), Johnny Haynes (bass), Cliff Leeman (drums)
1968 Bucket's Got A Hole In It Delmark With Barney Bigard (clarinet), Rail Wilson (bass), Barrett Deems (drums) - Nap Trottier (trumpet) and George Brunis (trombone) on some tracks
1971 Recollections from the Past Solo Art Solo piano, plus narration
1972 Up in Volly's Room Delmark With Nappy Trottier (trumpet), George Brunis (trombone), Volly DeFaut (clarinet), Truck Parham (bass), Barrett Deems (drums)
1976? I Remember Bessie Euphonic reissued by Delmark
1977 Indianapolis Concert Solo Art Duo, with Herb Guy (bass); in concert
1976–78 Tribute to the Greats Euphonic Solo piano; reissued by Delmark
1978 Echoes of Chicago Jazzology With full ensemble
1978 Art Hodes and the Magnolia Jazz Band, Volume One GHB
1978 Art Hodes and the Magnolia Jazz Band, Volume Two GHB
1981 Blues to Save the Trees L + R Some tracks solo piano; some tracks trio, with Reimer Von Essen (clarinet), Trevor Richards (drums)
1981 Someone to Watch Over Me, "Live at Hanratty's" Muse Solo piano
1983 South Side Memories Sackville Solo piano
1983 At Cafe Des Copains Solo Art Solo piano; in concert
1985 Blues in the Night Sackville Solo piano
1986 Glad to Be Here Solo Art Solo piano
1986 Art Hodes Jazz Trio Jazzology With Trevor Whiting (reeds), John Petters (drums), Dave Bennett (vocals)
1987 Art Hodes Trio Jazzology Trio, with Reimer Von Essen (clarinet, alto sax), Trevor Richards (drums)
1987 Art Hodes Blue Five and Six Jazzology With Al Fairweather and Pat Halcox (trumpet), Wally Fawkes (clarinet), Fapy Lafertin (guitar), Andy Brown (bass), Dave Evans and Stan Greig (drums), Johnny Mars (vocals)
1987? Joy to the Jazz World Parkwood Solo piano
1988 Pagin' Mr. Jelly Candid Solo piano
1988 Keepin' out of Mischief Now Candid Solo piano
Together Again CMJ with Wild Bill Davison & John Petters
Sensation CMJ with John Petters & Trevor Whiting
Coalition Jazzology With Wild Bill Davison (cornet), Campbell Burnap (trombone), Dave Bailey (clarinet), Keith Donald (bass), John Peters (drums)


  • Vintage Art Hodes (Jazzology, 1930–50)
  • Sessions at Blue Note (1944)
  • The Jazz Record Story (Jazzology, 1943–46)
  • The Duets (Solo Art, 1969–77)
  • The Parkwood Creative Concept Sessions, Volume I (Parkwood, 1987–89)

See also

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