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Three techniques to capture the sound of the Ellington 7-Piece

Posted by DannyFratina, 10.14.2012

Let's look at three arranging techniques we can use to reproduce the sound of the Ellington/Hodges band, for melodies, chord progressions, and voicings.

The Ellington 7-piece: A brief introduction

Posted by DannyFratina, 08.22.2012

Johnny Hodges was a major player of the swing era and was a key component in the establishment of the Duke Ellington sound. He was a master of the alto saxophone and had an incredibly distinct voice on it. His band forms the foundation of what on this site I call the Ellington 7-piece.