Johnny Dodds Trio
Feat. Lil Hardin-Armstrong
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Recorded in Chicago on February 7th 1929 featuring Johnny Dodds clarinet, Lil Hardin Armstrong piano, and Bill Johnson string bass.
“Indigo Stomp” was composed by Johnny Dodds.
Johnny Dodds developed a distinct highly improvisational style unparalleled among clarinetists of his day.
Migrating from New Orleans and settling in Chicago in the early ’20s, Dodds made his first recordings in 1923 with Joe King Oliver’s “Creole Jazz Band.”
He went on to be recruited by Louis Armstrong to play in his “Hot Five” and “Hot Seven” groups, and performed prolifically with Jelly Roll Morton’s “Red Hot Peppers.”
He was also the elder brother of drummer Baby Dodds with whom he often performed.
After spending much of the 1930s in ill health the great Johnny Dodds died on August 8th 1940.