Alto Saxophone Tree of Lineage

Buddy Bolden King Oliver Jelly Roll Morton Kid Ory Johnny Dodds Louis Armstrong Sidney Bechet Frank Trumbauer Benny Carter Johnny Hodges Lester Young Earl Bostic Buster Smith Eddie Cleanhead Vinson Charlie Parker Sonny Stitt Lou Donaldson Cannonball Adderley Sonny Criss

This magnificent image by Kareen Cox depicts just part of the lineage of the alto saxophone. Starting at the roots before the development of jazz, moving into its earliest innovators, the tree shows how Johnny Hodges acquired his own unique voice from those who came before, and how his was embedded in the language of jazz by the greats who came after him.

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