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Dexter Gordon

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

ARTICLE: PROFILE

20 Seattle Jazz Musicians You Should Know: Rick Mandyck

Read "20 Seattle Jazz Musicians You Should Know: Rick Mandyck" reviewed by Paul Rauch

The city of Seattle has a jazz history that dates back to the very beginnings of the form. It was home to the first integrated club scene in America on Jackson St in the 1920's and 1930's. It saw a young Ray Charles arrive as a teenager to escape the nightmare of Jim Crow in the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Judith & Dave O'Higgins: His 'n' Hers

Read "His 'n' Hers" reviewed by Chris May

Here is a great idea for a tough tenors face-off in the tradition of the Johnny Griffin / Eddie “Lockjaw" Davis group... Get hold of a tenor duo comprising a husband and wife who are on the verge of divorce and can barely stand being in the same room together and record them as they try ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jay Thomas Quartet: Upside

Read "Upside" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Seattle-based musician Jay Thomas may be considered the oddest of ducks in the jazz universe. By that, I am referring to his fierce musicality expressed both on trumpet and saxophone, as well as most members of the brass and woodwind families. Inspired early in his career by the like minded veteran Ira Sullivan, Thomas in a ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Lisa Hilton, Randy Brecker, Dexter Gordon and More

Read "Lisa Hilton, Randy Brecker, Dexter Gordon and More" reviewed by Joe Dimino

This week we open with Malibu-based jazz Pianist Lisa Hilton and end with London-based jazz fusion guitarist Jules Hay. In between, we hear some quality work from Christian McBride, Felipe Salles, Dave Glasser and many more. Enjoy the show, my friends. Playlist Lisa Hilton “Waltz from Nowhere" Chalkboard Destiny (Ruby Slippers) 00:00 Host talks ...

ARTICLE: PROFILE

20 Seattle Jazz Musicians You Should Know: John Bishop

Read "20 Seattle Jazz Musicians You Should Know: John Bishop" reviewed by Paul Rauch

The city of Seattle has a jazz history that dates back to the very beginnings of the form. It was home to the first integrated club scene in America on Jackson St in the 1920's and 30's. It saw a young Ray Charles arrive as a teenager to escape the nightmare of Jim Crow in the ...

ARTICLE: HISTORY OF JAZZ

Charlie Parker: In Praise of Bird on His 100th Birthday!

Read "Charlie Parker: In Praise of Bird on His 100th Birthday!" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

A hundred years ago, on August 29, 1920, soon after jazz was born, Charlie Parker came into this world, and in the 35 years of a life cut short by addictions and impulse-driven living, he changed the face of the music. His innovations as one of the creators of bebop and his stunning sound and virtuosic ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Gregory Dudzienski Quartet: Beautiful Moments

Read "Beautiful Moments" reviewed by Jack Bowers

There are many Beautiful Moments on Chicago-based tenor saxophonist Gregory Dudzienski's second CD under his name, some of which enfold his warm-blooded tenor, others the spirited give-and-take with his blue-chip quartet whose other members are pianist Chris White, bassist Kelly Sill and drummer Jeff Stitely. Yes, Dudzienski is heavily influenced by the music of the 1950s ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

Doc: Dexter Gordon, 1996

Doc: Dexter Gordon, 1996

In 1996, director Don McGlynn released a documentary on tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon entitled More Than You Know. What made the documentary special was that virtually the entire story of Gordon's life came out of his mouth. McGlynn culled footage of Gordon being interviewed from multiple sources to create a flavorful oral history. Here's a clean ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Clovis Grognuz: Young Man with Horn of Plenty

Read "Clovis Grognuz: Young Man with Horn of Plenty" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

With thousands of viewers and followers on Facebook and You Tube, Swiss saxophonist Clovis Grognuz has become a worldwide saxophone-playing sensation. Astonished eyes and ears have witnessed this talented and dedicated young man performing the legendary saxophone solos--those of John Coltrane ("Giant Steps"), Charlie Parker ("Just Friends"), et al--simultaneously and note for note with the great ...


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