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Founded in 1980 as an independent music store, the Princeton Record Exchange continues to promote and support some of the best musicians and their recordings, including Johnny Hodges CDs, DVDs and more. Read about us in Published Articles and read our Customer Reviews on We appreciate your support for our indie music store!

Our in-store music selection of over 100,000 CDs and LPs includes: Rock, Alternative, Punk, Jazz, Classical, Soul, Funk, Blues, Hip Hop, other genres, and often Johnny Hodges albums. Our in-store DVD selection of over 10,000 titles includes: Action, Comedy, Criterion, Disney, TV DVDs and more. We hope you can visit our unique record store to see our Johnny Hodges record collection, Johnny Hodges CD collection and much more. We are located in historic downtown Princeton, New Jersey, about one hour from New York City and Philadelphia, which is easily accessible by car, train and bus.

Sell us your unwanted CDs DVDs and Vinyl, and they will be recycled into the hands of music and movie lovers who can appreciate them again. From personal collections to estate collections, from reviewer/radio station surplus to entire store inventories- no collection is too large! Contact us in order to determine how much we can pay you for your collection.

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They Might Be Giants played free show this past Record Store Day, April 21st, 2012!

You may not know this, but independent record stores have a holiday all their own. The third Saturday of April every year is National Record Store Day! We've participated in every one since it began five years ago, and every year we've had a fantastic turnout. This past April, we were thrilled to have the Grammy-award winning band They Might Be Giants help us celebrate by performing a free concert in the nearby Princeton Public Library courtyard. 

At this point, a very small percentage of you may be wondering, "wait, who are these guys?" I'm glad you asked - but the truth of the matter is you've probably heard them and just don't know it. Have you ever seen the intro to the hit TV show "Malcolm in the Middle"? That's them. Have you ever gotten "The Daily Show's" opening song stuck in your head? That's them, and we were honored that they chose our store as the place where they wanted to play.

We'd like to mention a special thanks to our friends at Princeton Public Library who graciously agreed to host the concert. (With all the merchandise we carry, we didn’t have the space!). The staff really went out of their way to pull this off.

The weather was great, the band was in fine form and the turnout was fantastic!  Over 1,000 folks showed up, and the band spent hours at the store after at a meet-and-greet posing for photos and signing autographs.  It was truly a memorable day.

In addition to TMBG, Record Store Day featured hundreds of limited edition vinyl records from the most talented musicians of our time. If you're interested in one of the limited edition releases at the next Record Store Day, we highly recommend you arrive early to maximize your chances of buying a copy. It's first come, first serve, so we look forward to seeing you bright and early!


Johnny Hodges Biography

John Cornelius "Johnny" Hodges (b. July 25, 1907 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, d. May 11, 1970 in New York City) was an alto saxophonist and lead player of Duke Ellington's saxophone section. He spent 38 years with Ellington, leaving to lead his own band from 1951 to 1955. Hodges started playing with Lloyd Scott, Sidney Bechet, Lucky Roberts and Chick Webb. When Ellington wanted to expand his band in 1928, Ellington's clarinet player Barney Bigard recommended Hodges, who was featured on both alto and soprano sax. His unique sound became the identifying voice of the Ellington orchestra.

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Johnny Hodges Bio Continued

Hodges was mostly self-taught, although he did take lessons on soprano sax with Sidney Bechet. He earned the nicknames Rabbit (for his enjoyment of lettuce sandwiches) and Jeep (for his apparent speed as a runner).

Johnny Hodges Discography Updated January 2007
Johnny Hodges Albums

Studio Johnny Hodges Vinyl & Johnny Hodges CDs

1950 The Rabbit in Paris Inner City
1951 Johnny Hodges Collates, Vol. 1 Clef
1951 Castle Rock Polygram
1951 Memories of Ellington Norgran
1951 More of Johnny Hodges Norgran
1951 The Jeep Is Jumpin' Verve
1952 In a Tender Mood Verve
1952 The Blues Norgran
1952 Perdido Norgran
1952 Swing with Johnny Hodges Clef
1952 Alto Sax RCA Victor
1953 Johnny Hodges Collates, Vol. 2 Mercury
1954 Used to Be Duke Verve
1954 Alto Blue Verve
1954 A Man and His Music Storyville
1954 At a Dance, in a Studio, on Radio Enigma
1955 Dance Bash Norgran
1955 Creamy Norgran
1956 Ellingtonia Norgran
1956 Duke's in Bed Verve
1957 The Big Sound Verve
1958 Not So Dukish Verve
1958 Blues a Plenty Classic
1958 Side by Side Verve
1958 Johnny Hodges and His Strings Play the... Verve
1959 A Smooth One Verve
1960 Masters of Jazz, Vol. 9 Storyville
1960 The Prettiest Gershwin Verve
1960 Duke Ellington and Johnny Hodges Play the...
1960 Johnny Hodges Verve
1961 At Sportpalast, Berlin (live) Pablo
1961 Blue Hodges Verve
1961 Johnny Hodges with Billy Strayhorn and the... Polygram
1963 The Eleventh Hour Verve
1963 Previously Unreleased Verve
1963 Blue Rabbit Verve
1963 Mess of Blues Verve
1963 Sandy's Gone Verve
1963 Johnny Hodges Verve
1964 Everybody Knows GRP/Impulse!
1965 Joe's Blues Verve
1965 Johnny Hodges/Wild Bill Davis, Vols. 1 & 2 RCA Jazz
1965 Wings and Things Verve
1965 Johnny Hodges with Lawrence Welk's Orchestra Ranwood
1965 Blue Pyramid Verve
1966 Stride Right Verve
1966 In a Mellow Tone Bluebird/RCA
1966 Things Ain't What They Used to Be RCA
1966 Johnny Hodges and All the Dukesmen Verve
1966 The Incomparable Pairing of Blues and Johnny... Verve
1967 Triple Play RCA
1967 Blue Notes Verve
1967 Don't Sleep in the Subway Verve
1968 Swing's Our Thing
1969 Rippin' and Runnin' Verve
1970 Three Shades of Blue Flying

Compilation Johnny Hodges Records and Johnny Hodges CD Releases

1936 Rarities & Private Recordings Suisasa
1937 Johnny Hodges and His Orchestra with Cootie... Black & Blue
1938 Hodge Podge Epic
1938 The Complete Johnny Hodges and His Orchestra... Le Jazz
1940 Passion Flower Bluebird/RCA
1946 Ellingtonia! Onyx
1946 On Keynote with Rex Stewart Polygram
1947 Caravan: With the Duke Ellington All-Stars... Prestige
1951 Johnny Hodges, Vol. 1 Mercer
1951 Johnny Hodges, Vol. 2 Mercer
1951 The Complete Johnny Hodges Sessions... Mosaic
1957 Johnny Hodges and the Ellington All-Stars American
1959 Back to Back Verve
1961 Compact Jazz: Johnny Hodges: Wild Bill Davis Verve
1965 Jazz Tribute No. 1, Vol. 1-2: 1965-1966 RCA
1971 A Memory of Johnny Hodges Master Jazz
1982 Giants of Jazz Time-Life
1989 Walkman Jazz Polygram
1994 Classic Solos (1928-1942) Topaz Jazz
1994 Jazz Tribute No. 1, Vol. 1-2: 1965-1966 RCA
1994 Passion Flower Giants of Jazz
1994 Verve Jazz Masters 35 Polygram
1996 His Best Recordings Best of Jazz
1996 Jeep's Blues ASV/Living Era
1997 On the Way Up 1965-1967 Camden
1998 Planet Jazz BMG
1998 Planet Jazz Import
1998 Plays Gershwin Verve
1998 Story 1929/1946 EPM Musique
1999 In Atlantic City (live) RCA
2000 Complete Verve Johnny Hodges Small Group... Mosaic
2000 Hodge Podge: The Best of the Duke's Men,... Definitive
2000 Who Struck John?: The Best of the Duke's... Definitive
2001 Alto Sax Story: 1937-1950 Epm Musique
2002 1945-1950 Classiscs
2002 1950-1951 Classics
2002 Everybody Knows Universal
2002 Hop, Skip and Jump Past Perfect
2002 New York to Chicago to Hollywood: 1928-1943 (live)
2002 Rabbit's Blues Past Perfect
2003 A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing Proper
2003 Castle Rock Proper
2003 Day Dream Proper
2003 Hodge Podge Proper
2003 Jeep Is Jumpin' Proper Box
2004 Used to Be Duke Verve

Other Johnny Hodges Vinyl and Johnny Hodges CD's: Appearances

Duke Ellington
Early Ellington: The Complete... (1926) Clarinet, Sax (Alto), Sax (Soprano)
Jungle Nights in Harlem (1927) Clarinet, Reeds, Sax (Alto), Sax (Soprano)
OKeh Ellington (1927) Clarinet, Sax (Alto), Sax (Soprano)
Rockin' in Rhythm (Jazz Hour) (1927) Sax (Alto)
Duke Ellington (1927-1934) (1927) Reeds, Reeds (Multiple)
Great Original Performances 1927... (1927) Clarinet, Sax (Alto), Sax (Soprano)
Playing the Blues (1927-1939) (1927) Clarinet, Sax (Alto), Sax (Baritone), Sax (Soprano)
Jubilee Stomp (1928) Clarinet, Sax (Alto), Sax (Soprano)
Jazz Cocktail (1928) Clarinet, Sax (Alto), Sax (Soprano)
1928 (1928) Clarinet, Sax (Alto), Sax (Soprano)
1928-1929 (1928) Clarinet, Sax (Alto), Sax (Soprano)
Duke Ellington, Vol. 9: Pianist (1928) Sax (Alto)
Jungle Band: Brunswick Era, Vol. 2 (1929) Sax (Alto), Sax (Soprano)
1929 (1929) Clarinet, Sax (Alto), Sax (Soprano)
1929-1930 (1929) Clarinet, Sax (Alto), Sax (Soprano)
1930 (1930) Clarinet, Sax (Alto), Sax (Soprano)
1930, Vol. 2 (1930) Clarinet, Sax (Alto), Sax (Soprano)
1930-1931 (1930) Multi Instruments
1931-1932 (1931) Clarinet, Sax (Alto), Sax (Soprano)
1932-1933 (1932) Clarinet, Sax (Alto), Sax (Soprano)
Duke Ellington and His Great... (1932) Saxophone
British Connexion (1933) Sax (Alto), Sax (Soprano)
Duke's Men: The Small Groups, Vol. (1934) Sax (Alto), Sax (Soprano)
Back Room Romp (1936) Performer
Braggin' in Brass: The Immortal... (1938) Clarinet, Sax (Alto), Sax (Soprano)
Duke's Men: The Small Groups, Vol. (1938) Sax (Alto), Sax (Soprano), Orchestra
Blanton-Webster Band (1939) Clarinet, Horn, Sax (Alto), Sax (Soprano)
In Boston 1939-1940 (1939) Sax (Alto), Sax (Soprano)
Through the Roof (1939) Sax (Alto)
In a Mellotone (1940) Clarinet, Sax (Alto), Sax (Soprano)
Fargo 1940, Vol. 1 (1940) Sax (Alto)
Fargo 1940, Vol. 2 (1940) Alto
Sophisticated Lady (RCA) (1940) Clarinet, Sax (Alto), Sax (Soprano)
Sophisticated Lady (Bluebird) (1941) Clarinet, Sax (Alto), Sax (Soprano)
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra,... (1943) Sax (Alto)
Carnegie Hall Concerts (January... (1943) Reeds
Duke Ellington and His Orchestra (1943) Reeds, Sax (Alto)
Carnegie Hall Concerts (December... (1944) Reeds
1944-1945 (1944) Sax (Alto), Sax (Soprano)
Uncollected Duke Ellington & His... (1946) Reeds
Carnegie Hall Concerts (January... (1946) Reeds
Happy-Go-Lucky Local (1946) Saxophone
Duke Ellington & His World Famous... (1946) Reeds
Great Chicago Concerts (1946) Reeds, Sax (Alto)
Duke Ellington Centenary... (1946) Reeds
Carnegie Hall Concerts (December... (1947) Reeds
Duke Elilngton Cornell University Concert (1948) Sax (Alto)
Masterpieces by Ellington (1950) Reeds
Live at the Blue Note (1952) Reeds, Reeds (Multiple)
Two Great Concerts (1952) Saxophone
Duke Plays Ellington (1953) Clarinet, Sax (Alto), Sax (Soprano)
Jazz Profile (1953) Sax (Alto)
Duke Ellington Presents (1956) Sax (Alto)
Private Collection, Vol. 1: Studio (1956) Sax (Alto)
Ellington at Newport (1956) Sax (Alto)
Historically Speaking: The Duke (1956) Sax (Alto)
First Annual Connecticut Jazz... (1956) Reeds
All Star Road Band, Vol. 2 (1957) Sax (Alto)
Indigos (1957) Sax (Alto)
Happy Reunion (1957) Sax (Alto)
Such Sweet Thunder (1957) Saxophone
Satin Doll (1957) Sax (Alto)
Live at the 1957 Stratford... (1957) Reeds, Saxophone, Sax (Alto)
Private Collection, Vol. 7: Studio (1957) Reeds
Private Collection, Vol. 8: Studio (1957) Reeds
Blues in Orbit (1958) Reeds, Sax (Alto)
Duke Ellington With Johnny Side by Side (1958) Sax (Alto), Performer
In Concert at the Pleyel Paris,... (1958) Saxophone
Duke Ellington With Johnny Back to Back (1959) Sax (Alto), Performer
Ellington Suites (1959) Reeds, Saxophone
Newport Jazz Festival (1959) (1959) Sax (Alto)
Jazz Party (1959) Saxophone, Performer
Live at the Blue Note (1959) Reeds (Multiple)
Hot Summer Dance (1960) Sax (Alto)
Piano in the Background (1960) Saxophone
Three Suites (1960) Saxophone
Unknown Session (1960) Sax (Alto)
Unheard Recordings, Pt. 2 (1960) Sax (Alto), Alto (Vocal)
Duke Ellington with Count... First Time! The Count Meets the... (1961) Sax (Alto)
S.R.O. (1961) Saxophone
Duke Ellington w/ Coleman... Duke Ellington Meets Coleman... (1962) Sax (Alto)
Featuring Paul Gonsalves (1962) Saxophone, Sax (Alto)
New Mood Indigo (1962) Reeds
Recollections of the Big Band Era (1962) Sax (Alto)
Afro-Bossa (1962) Sax (Alto)
Private Collection, Vol. 4: Studio (1962) Sax (Alto)
Feeling of Jazz (1962) Sax (Alto)
Masters of Jazz, Vol. 6 (1962) Reeds, Sax (Alto)
Private Collection, Vol. 3: Studio (1962) Sax (Alto)
Reprise Studio Recordings (1962) Sax (Alto)
Great Paris Concert (1963) Sax (Alto)
Private Collection, Vol. 4: Studio (1963) Composer, Saxophone, Sax (Alto)
In the Uncommon Market (1963) Reeds, Saxophone
Symphonic Ellington (1963) Sax (Alto)
Great London Concerts (1963) Reeds
All Star Road Band, Vol. 1-2 (1964) Sax (Alto)
Harlem (1964) Reeds, Saxophone
Ellington Era, Vol. 2 (1964) Sax (Alto), Sax (Soprano)
Jazz Group (1964) (1964) Sax (Alto)
Never-Before-Released Recordings (1965) Reeds, Reeds (Multiple)
Private Collection, Vol. 10:... (1965) Reeds
Berlin '65 Paris '67 (1965) Sax (Alto)
Cool Rock (1966) Reeds
Far East Suite (1966) Clarinet, Reeds, Saxophone, Sax (Alto)
Pianist (1966) Saxophone
Soul Call (1966) Sax (Alto)
Ella & Duke at the Cote D'azur (1966) Saxophone
Far East Suite (Special Mix) (1966) Sax (Alto)
...And His Mother Called Him Bill (1967) Clarinet, Saxophone, Sax (Alto)
Duke Ellington Small Bands Intimacy of the Blues (1967) Saxophone, Sax (Alto)
Popular Duke Ellington (Bonus... (1967) Reeds
Private Collection, Vol. 9: Studio (1968) Reeds, Sax (Alto), Sax (Tenor)
Latin American Suite (1968) Saxophone
Second Sacred Concert (1968) Reeds, Saxophone
Yale Concert (1968) Reeds, Saxophone
Private Collection, Vol. 9: Studio (1968) Reeds, Sax (Alto), Sax (Tenor)
Up in Duke's Workshop (1969) Reeds, Saxophone
Intimate Ellington (1969) Reeds, Saxophone, Reeds (Multiple)
New Orleans Suite (1970) Sax (Alto)
Best of Duke Ellington (1971) Reeds, Saxophone
Works of Duke, Vol. 15 (1973) Sax (Alto)

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