Otto Hardwick

A long since forgotten member of Duke Ellington’s Orchestra, Otto Hardwick served as Lead Alto with Duke until the mid to late 1940’s when Johnny Hodges took over for him. An extremely well versed musician, Hardwick often performed on Violin, Upright Bass, Clarinet, Alto, Soprano, Baritone, and Bass Saxophones. While Hodges’s innate melodic ability and technique landed him most of the alto solos, Hardwick was still featured on quite a few different occasions. Dispelling popular belief, the soloist on Duke’s “Black and Tan Fantasy” is actually Hardwick, and not Hodges as most people believe it to be.

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