Birth of the Cool: 20 Black Style Pioneers

Johnny Hodges

Alto saxophonist, Duke Ellington Orchestra
Left: circa 1945

“You can tell he was in Duke Ellington’s band—meaning that he was an extremely well-dressed gentleman. But at the same time, Johnny was something of a rogue, and much more of a dandy than Duke himself. Check out the hat, and the bold, super-luxe suit… I think you could say Johnny was a counterpoint to Duke’s more subdued brand of elegance.

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