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Biography of Johnny Dodds (1892-1940)


American clarinetist of jazz born in Waverly, Louisiana, on April 12, 1892 and died in Chicago on August 8, 1940, one of the best interpreters of Dixieland.

He learned to play in his early teens in the hands of Lorenzo Tio, one of the greats of the instrument which was also master of S. Béchet. Carried out, as nearly all the musicians of the era, the ubiquitous film playing in various bands that brightened trips on ships that sailed the Missisippi River, he played with King Oliver and accompanied many bluesmen of the time. His dearest interpretations are that performed in the company of the Hot Five and Hot Seven by Louis Armstrong, which performed a few melodic lines fluid, almost always in the lower register of the instrument, plastered throughout and punctuated with single bright, percussive, of an emotional expression, contained. Their variations on the blues, are memorable as shown accompanying repeatedly to Jelly Roll Morton and his brother drummer Warren 'baby' Dodds.

He was active until the end of the 1930s, time in which the clarinet had been driven by Benny Goodman records to more swing, and died in an accident shortly before the revival of the "New Orleans" sound of the 1940s.


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