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place Washington, D.C.
is_reported_in Duke Ellington: Music is my Mistress
time the 1920's
agent Duke Ellington
Subject performance of 'Saxophone music'
has_evidence_text Otto Hardwick was known as the little brother of John Hardwick in Washington, D.C., during the '20s. I think John played banjo, and he always felt responsible for watching over him. Otto was considered to be a nice kid, and to have music potential. I forget exactly when, but on one of those occasions when the more mature saxophone players were all engaged, we turned to him… He read very well and played even better, so he was no longer looked on as too young to be called for a job… [H]e gradually became like my first chair saxophone around Washington… Otto, or "Toby" as he liked to be called, was Mr. C Melody himself, and nobody ever quite captured the overall illusion of his sound. His tone was one of my first outstanding sound identities. The C melody saxophone was his instrument, but later he added the baritone saxophone to his accessories. He was one of the first, if not the first, to do so, and he was an inspiration to other baritone players, notably Harry Carney, who was soon to be acknowledged as the symbol of the baritone saxophone.
has_medium Medium.Live
initial_graph claims
pages 69
Approved 2015-09-01T09:18:37.000Z
Submitted 2015-04-14T08:55:27.000Z
Type Experience