Dexter Gordon
Dexter Gordon

Dexter Gordon

About Dexter Gordon

As one of the great tenors to emerge from Los Angeles' Central Avenue scene, Dexter Gordon led a colorful, sometimes tragic life that included three triumphant comebacks in a four-plus-decade career. An influential member of the bebop generation, his story inspired French director Bertrand Tavernier to tell a portion of it in the 1986 drama Round Midnight and to cast him in a lead role. Gordon possessed a lyrical, distinctive sound, created a large body of superior work, and could successfully battle nearly anyone at a jam session. His years as a leader and co-leader at Dial, Savoy, and Blue Note were enough to make him a legend. Living in Europe for more than a dozen years, he recorded equally fine albums for Prestige, SteepleChase, and other labels, and his return to the U.S. resulted in several releases for Columbia and Blue Note.

  • HOMETOWN
    Los Angeles, CA
  • BORN
    February 27, 1923

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