Dexter Gordon

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About Dexter Gordon

As one of the great tenors to emerge from Los Angeles' Central Avenue scene of the 1940s, Dexter Gordon led a colorful and eventful, sometimes tragic life that included three triumphant comebacks in a four-plus-decade career. Gordon was the top tenor saxophonist during the bop era and possessed his own distinctive sound. His years as a leader, especially on Blue Note with albums like 1962's Go!, were enough to make him a legend. Following an extended period living in Europe, he returned to the states, garnering more acclaim for albums like 1979's Sophisticated Giant. As a beloved member of the bebop generation, his story inspired French director Bertrand Tavernier to tell a portion of it in the 1986 drama Round Midnight in which Gordon starred, earning a Best Actor Oscar nomination. He also won a Grammy for The Other Side of Round Midnight, his final album released five years before his death in 1999.

Los Angeles, CA, United States
February 27, 1923

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