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Dexter Gordon is considered to be the first musician to translate the language of Bebop to the tenor saxophone. Dexter Keith Gordon was born on February 27, 1923 in Los Angeles, California. His father, Dr. Frank Gordon, was one of the first African American doctors in Los Angeles who arrived in 1918 after graduating from Howard Medical School in Washington, D.C. Among his patients were Duke Ellington and Lionel Hampton. Dexter's mother, Gwendolyn Baker, was the daughter of Captain Edward Baker, one of the five African American Medal of Honor recipients in the Spanish-American War. He began his study of music with the clarinet at age 13, then switched to the alto saxophone at 15, and finally to the tenor saxophone at 17

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Article: Album Review

Bobby Bradford and Friends: Stealin' Home: Jackie Robinson Suite

Read "Stealin' Home: Jackie Robinson Suite" reviewed by Chuck Koton


Born in Mississippi in 1934 and raised in Dallas, Texas, cornet master and composer Bobby Bradford knows racism and segregation. When asked if Texas was completely segregated, Bradford said, “If there's a word stronger than 'completely,' that was Texas." In spite of the hate and discrimination of everyday life in the Jim Crow South, Bradford and ...

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Article: Live Review

Joel Frahm at Jazz At The Joint

Read "Joel Frahm at Jazz At The Joint" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Joel Frahm Jazz At The Joint North Little Rock, AR July 11, 2022 Synergy. The word was first used in 1600, derived from the Greek συνεργός ("synergos"), which means “to work together" or “to cooperate," with the corollary that the results of this “cooperation" afford an output greater than the sum ...

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Article: Album Review

Brian Molley Quartet: Intercontinental

Read "Intercontinental" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Scottish saxophonist Brian Molley is no stranger to Indian music, having toured India several times since 2015. Rather than merely presenting his music, Molley has sought to expand it, collaborating with the Rajasthani singer & sarangi player Asin Langa and, at the Madras Jazz Festival in 2017, with percussionist Krishna Kishor. Since then, the Brian Molley ...

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Article: The Jazz Life

I Hear a Rhapsody

Read "I Hear a Rhapsody" reviewed by David Caudill


We put out a call to visitors to AAJ to tell us their stories about how jazz has impacted, indeed shaped their lives. David Caudill heard the call. David has lived in Cincinnati for three decades and spent a long career writing, both in journalism and for a short while in corporate communications. He ...

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Anita Donndorff

Read "Take Five with Anita Donndorff" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Anita Donndorff Anita Donndorff is a 26 year-old Argentinean singer. She began her musical journey in 2017, and has become one of the most influential singers in the jazz scene in Buenos Aires. She has performed at some of the most important music venues in Argentina, such as Teatro San Martin, Virasoro Bar, Bebop Club, ...

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Dexter Gordon: 'Soul Sister'

Dexter Gordon: 'Soul Sister'

When Dexter Gordon moved to Europe alone in 1962, he hoped his then wife, Jodi, and his daughters would join him. But once there, he created a new life in Europe and the couple divorced mid-decade, writes Maxine Gordon, the tenor saxophonist's road manager and widow, in her moving and well researched memoir, Sophisticated Giant. Gordon ...

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Article: Interview

Oded Tzur: A Thrilling New Saxophone Colossus

Read "Oded Tzur: A Thrilling New Saxophone Colossus" reviewed by Chris May


Oded Tzur's 2020 album, Here Be Dragons, the Tel Aviv born, New York based tenor saxophonist's first release on ECM, triggered an eruption of purple prose. Critics competed to see who could convey the most enthusiasm. A few even suggested that the Tzur quartet was the inheritor of the mantle of the classic John Coltrane quartet. ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Give the Drummer Less

Read "Give the Drummer Less" reviewed by Patrick Burnette


Drummers are the under-sung heroes of the jazz world. At their best, they lift up and enhance whatever the so-called front-liners are up to while being ready to step up and say their piece when called upon. But every now and then things get a bit... sticky. This episode explores four recordings where to varying degrees ...

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Article: Interview

Javon Jackson: Wading In Spiritual Waters

Read "Javon Jackson: Wading In Spiritual Waters" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


Saxophonist Javon Jackson, he of the sonorous tenor tone and the inquisitive musical mind, embarked last year on a musical project with a different twist. Jackson, a follower of Sonnys Stitt and Rollins, is known as a a jazz fiend, one of the dauntless players of his era. His superb playing is marked by ...


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