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January 18, 2009


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Johnny Sharpeye

Milton Berle Meets Johnny Hodges~

I asked my old buddy Vince Giordano of the Night Hawks and he was not sure, so he asked Dan Morgenstern @ Rutgers and Dan confirms it is Johnny Hodges. He thinks the bassist may be Wendell Marshall. Both men were in the Ellington band together in 1955 only, but no telling yet if Duke was on the Berle show with his band.

Here is a less cropped version of the photo showing more musicians :


Another nugget unearthed.


Anyone wishing to hear Valino's version, will find it here:



et maintentant, Paris vous appartient: les croques messieurs, les esteak frites, les apparitions dans le Metro... et les Jazz CDs aussi. c'est bon!

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