Hot Sausage – Jodie Christian

This medium swing is straight out of the bebop and hard bop traditions with a twisting, turning melody that keeps both the musician and the listener on their toes.

Jodie Christian

February 2, 1932 – February 13, 2012

Jodie Christian was one of the most in-demand pianists in Chicago during the 1950s, but he never rose to great fame because he never left his hometown. Despite Chicago’s undeniable jazz history, New York was the epicenter of the jazz universe when Jodie was active, and thus he earned the reputation of “one of those great players who never came to New York.” But he excelled nonetheless, working with all of the biggest artists of the time: Lester Young, Johnny Griffin, Coleman Hawkins, Gene Ammons, Sonny Stitt, Eddie Harris, Sonny Rollins, Don Byas, Milt Jackson, Benny Carter, Frank Foster, Red Holloway, Teddy Edwards, Leo Parker, Ira Sullivan, and more. Read more...

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