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Johnny Dodds
(April 12th 1892 - August 8th 1940)


This record was made in Chicago in December of 1927 featuring Natty Dominique trumpet, Johnny Dodds clarinet, Jimmy Blythe piano, and Baby Dodds washboard.

*"Sock That Thing" was composed by Jimmy Blythe.

On this side the "Dixieland Thumpers" showcase the tight hot improvisation between Johnny Dodds and Natty Dominique. -At two separate sessions held during August and September 1927 and undoubtedly organized by Jimmy Blythe they produced a total of four titles under the name.

Johnny Dodds was born in Waveland, Mississippi on April 12th 1892 and moved to New Orleans with his family
as a child.

There he studied under master clarinetist Lorenzo Tio Sr. and launched his professional career on the instrument in 1910 with Frank Duson's "Eagle Band" before going on to play with Kid Ory and Fate Marable.

After moving to Chicago in the early 1920's Dodds would work with Louis Armstrong and again with Kid Ory as a member of Joe 'King' Oliver's "Creole Jazz Band".

When Oliver's group disbanded in 1924 Johnny Dodds went on to play with Louis Armstrong's "Hot Five" and "Hot Seven" bands and became a perfect addition to jazz pianist and composer Jelly Roll Morton's "Red Hot Peppers".

Renowned for his blues inflected style the clarinetist recorded extensively under his own name for various labels between 1927 and 1929.

Poor health forced Dodds to retire from music for much of the 1930's but he did attend two recording sessions at the end of the decade.

The first held on January 21st 1938 produced six sides while the second date of June 5th 1940 would
result in only two.

Johnny Dodds one of the most soulful and expressive of all New Orleans clarinetists died from a heart attack
at his Chicago home two months later on August 8th 1940.

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