Gordon, Dexter, 1923-1990

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Dexter Gordon (b. Feb. 27, 1923, in Los Angeles; d. Apr. 25, 1990, in Philadelphia) was an American jazz tenor saxophonist, composer, and actor.

From the description of Dexter Gordon collection, circa 1940-1996 (bulk 1960-1988). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71056532

Biographical Note

  • 1923, Feb. 27: Born in Watts, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • 1936: Studied music with Lloyd Reese Played in rehearsal band with Charles Mingus and Buddy Collette
  • 1940: Quit high school and joined Lionel Hampton’s touring band
  • 1942: Made recordings with Lionel Hampton’s band
  • 1944: Moved to New York City Appeared with Billy Eckstine’s big band
  • 1945 - 1946 : Recorded album Long Tall Dexter
  • 1947: Recorded album The Chase with Wardell Gray
  • circa 1950 - circa 1959 : Struggled with drug addiction
  • 1955: Featured in the film Unchained Recorded album Dexter Blows Hot and Cool
  • 1960: Actor, musician, composer, for Jack Gelber’s play, The Connection, Los Angeles, Calif. Recorded album The Resurgence of Dexter Gordon
  • 1961: Began series of recordings for Blue Note records, including albums Doin' Allright and Dexter Calling
  • 1962: Recorded album Go! Toured Europe Moved to Copenhagen
  • 1963: Recorded Our Man in Paris
  • 1967: Recorded Body and Soul
  • 1968: Featured in the film Jag älskar, du älskar
  • 1970: Appeared at the Newport Jazz Festival
  • 1971: Recorded Just Jazz segment for PBS television
  • 1972: Appeared at the Tangier Jazz Festival
  • 1974: Recorded album The Apartment
  • 1975: Toured Japan
  • 1976: Moved to New York Recorded album Homecoming
  • 1978: Honored at the White House Jazz Festival
  • 1979: Published Jazz Saxophone Solos. Hollywood, Calif.: Almo Publications (transcriptions from original recordings)
  • 1980: Named “Best Tenor Saxophonist” and “Jazz Musician of the Year” by Down Beat magazine Recorded album Gotham City
  • 1986: Starred in the film 'Round Midnight
  • 1990, Apr. 25: Died, Philadelphia, Penn.

From the guide to the Dexter Gordon Collection, circa 1940-1996, (bulk 1960-1988), (Music Division Library of Congress)

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creatorOf Gordon, Dexter, 1923-1990. Cute [Multimédia multisupport] / Dexter Gordon, saxo. tenor, saxo. soprano. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Gordon, Dexter, 1923-1990. Lullaby of birdland [Multimédia multisupport] / Dexter Gordon, saxo. tenor, saxo. soprano. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Satrio, Ponco. Graduate recital [sound recording] : University of Central Oklahoma/School of Music, Recital Hall, Tuesday, March 27, 2007, 7:30 PM / Ponco Satrio, guitar. University of Central Oklahoma, Chambers Library
referencedIn Warner Bros. production slides [graphic], 1979-1991 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf Gordon, Dexter, 1923-1990. Blues for gates [Multimédia multisupport] / Dexter Gordon, saxo. tenor, saxo. soprano. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Gordon, Dexter, 1923-1990. Seven come eleven [Multimédia multisupport] / Dexter Gordon, saxo. tenor, saxo. soprano. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Rudee, M. Lea. San Diego jazz photographs, 1981-1991. University of California, San Diego, UC San Diego Library; UCSD Library
creatorOf Gordon, Dexter, 1923-1990. Seven come eleven [Multimédia multisupport] / Dexter Gordon, saxo. tenor, saxo. soprano. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Dexter Gordon Collection, circa 1940-1996, (bulk 1960-1988) Music Division Library of Congress
creatorOf Gordon, Dexter, 1923-1990. I should care [Multimédia multisupport] / Dexter Gordon, saxo. tenor, saxo. soprano. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Gordon, Dexter, 1923-1990. Lead sheets : unpublished copyright deposits, 1946-1965 / Dexter Gordon. Library of Congress
creatorOf Gordon, Dexter, 1923-1990. Blues for gates [Multimédia multisupport] / Dexter Gordon, saxo. tenor, saxo. soprano. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Gordon, Dexter, 1923-1990. I should care [Multimédia multisupport] / Dexter Gordon, saxo. tenor, saxo. soprano. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Gordon, Dexter, 1923-1990. They say that falling in love is wonderful [Multimédia multisupport] / Dexter Gordon, saxo. tenor, saxo. soprano. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Gordon, Dexter, 1923-1990. Cute [Multimédia multisupport] / Dexter Gordon, saxo. tenor, saxo. soprano. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Gordon, Dexter, 1923-1990. Lullaby of birdland [Multimédia multisupport] / Dexter Gordon, saxo. tenor, saxo. soprano. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Gordon, Dexter, 1923-1990. Dexter Gordon collection, circa 1940-1996 (bulk 1960-1988). Library of Congress
creatorOf Gordon, Dexter, 1923-1990. They say that falling in love is wonderful [Multimédia multisupport] / Dexter Gordon, saxo. tenor, saxo. soprano. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Nicolas Slonimsky Collection, 1873-1997, (bulk 1920-1990) Music Division Library of Congress
referencedIn Duke Ellington recordings collection Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library, Harvard College Library
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associatedWith Blue Note (Firm) corporateBody
associatedWith Burnett, Charles person
correspondedWith Carter, Jimmy, 1924- person
associatedWith David Rayfiel person
associatedWith Dodge, Joseph Jeffers person
correspondedWith Gillespie, Dizzy, 1917-1993 person
associatedWith Gordon, Maxine. person
associatedWith Hickman, Gail person
correspondedWith Lion, Alfred person
correspondedWith Lion, Alfred person
associatedWith Oliver Sacks person
correspondedWith Parker, Charlie, 1920-1955 person
correspondedWith Reagan, Ronald person
associatedWith Reynolds, Jonathan person
associatedWith Rudee, M. Lea. person
associatedWith Satrio, Ponco. person
associatedWith Slonimsky, Nicolas, 1894-1995 person
associatedWith Steven Zaillian person
correspondedWith Tavernier, Bertrand person
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correspondedWith Wolff, Francis person
correspondedWith Wolff, Francis person
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Jazz musicians--Photographs
Jazz musicians
Jazz musicians--United States--Photographs
Music--Manuscripts
Music--Manuscripts--United States
Music--Manuscripts--Facsimiles
Saxophonists--United States
Saxophonists
Jazz musicians--United States
Jazz--Lead sheets
Jazz
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Birth 1923-02-27

Death 1990-04-25

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