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.

    Los Angeles, CA
  • BORN
    February 27, 1923

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