Owen Broder’s “Hodges & Duke” celebrates the 60th anniversary of two iconic recordings by jazz masters Johnny Hodges and Duke Ellington. The albums Back To Back and Side By Side are rare examples of Ellington’s lead alto saxophonist in a small-group setting; Broder brings these historic gems to life with an all-star ensemble.
“Hodges & Duke” is the newest addition to Broder’s performance projects as a leader. The New York City saxophonist / bandleader was named 2018 Debut Artist of the Year (Francis Davis, NPR) for his American Roots Project’s debut album, Heritage (ArtistShare, 2018). His quintet, Cowboys & Frenchmen, actively tours the country and received four stars from Downbeat Magazine for its sophomore album, Bluer Than You Think (Outside In Music, 2017). As a sideman, Broder performs with the Anat Cohen Tentet, the YouTube sensation Postmodern Jukebox, and Ryan Truesdell’s Gil Evans Project.