There are celebrations planned for the entire 90th birth year of Dexter Gordon, the world-renowned jazz musician, band leader, composer, Academy Award nominated Actor (for the leading role in the film Round Midnight) and the world’s first Bebop tenor saxophonist. Dexter Gordon was born on February 27, 1923 and passed away on April 25, 1990.
Gordon’s wife and longtime manager, Maxine Gordon, has kept the legacy strong through lectures and guest appearances, donation of all of Gordon’s archival work to the Library of Congress, the licensing group Dex Music LLC and The Dexter Gordon Foundation. She is currently writing his biography, due for release in 2013. She often works closely with her son, Woody Louis Armstrong Shaw III, who is administrator, general manager, and web publisher for Gordon’s legacy.
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6 Original Albums (7 CDs) Included:
Homecoming: Live At The Village Vanguard [2 CDs] (1976)
Sophisticated Giant (1977)
Manhattan Symphonie (1978)
Live At Carnegie Hall (1978)
Gotham City (plus bonus tracks) (1980)
Bonus Tracks (a new compilation disc of bonus material)
Produced by Michael Cuscuna
Liner Notes by Maxine Gordon and Michael Cuscuna
Project Directed and Designed by Woody Shaw III
Complete Track Listing and Credits
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Source: Joyce Jones of “Suga’ In My Bowl” on WBAI-FM/Pacifica Radio in New York.
WBAI 90.1 | November 20, 2011
Enjoy this 2hr Dexter Gordon radio tribute and interview with Maxine Gordon, Dexter's widow and former manager-producer, along with her son (Dexter's stepson) Woody Louis Armstrong Shaw III. Together, they discuss the world behind the music and their dedicated work to keep the jazz legacy alive (2hrs).
Maxine talks about her fascinating life and career in the jazz world, Read more [...>>]
Excerpt from The Autobiography of Miles Davis with Quincy Troupe: Miles on Dexter
Since 52nd Street was going down fast, the jazz scene was moving to 47th and Broadway. One place was the Royal Roost, owned by a guy named Ralph Watkins. It was originally a chicken joint. But in 1948 Monte Kay talked Ralph into letting Symphony Sid produce a concert on an off-night there. Monte Kay was a young white guy who was hanging around the jazz scene. Back then he used to pass himself off as a light-skinned Read more [...>>]
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