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Overview (4)

Born in Los Angeles, California, USA
Died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA  (kidney failure)
Nicknames Long Tall Dex
Society Red
Height 6' 5" (1.96 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Dexter Gordon was considered one of the greatest jazz saxophonists ever, During his heyday, namely `45-`80, he played tenor sax with many of the all-time jazz greats, including Lionel Hampton, Louis Armstrong, Billy Eckstine and many others. In the 60s, he left his vices behind and created some wonderful music. He played in Europe extensively where he was very popular and lived there for the most part during the 60s and the early to mid 70s. Around 1977, he returned to America and made some well-received records. Round Midnight was his only feature role, playing a character not unlike himself, for which he was nominated for an Oscar. He has influenced subsequent generations of musicians with his artful approach to jazz. His feel and subtle nuances are sorely missed in the world of jazz.

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Spouse (3)

Maxine (? - 25 April 1990) ( his death) ( 1 child)
Josephin Notti (? - 1966) ( divorced) ( 2 children)
Fenja (? - ?) ( divorced) ( 1 child)

Trivia (11)

Jazz saxophonist. Died of kidney failure in Philadelphia at age 67.
Not long after 'Round Midnight (1986), Coca-Cola approached Dexter Gordon about appearing in some television commercials. They changed their mind however, as they felt his skin color was "too white" and not dark enough.
Suffering from cancer of the larynx at the time of his death.
Inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1988.
Was the Godfather of Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich
His uncredited role in the prison drama "Unchained" is that of a saxophone player in the prison jazz band. The film was shot at the correctional facility in Chino, California, where he was serving time for possession of heroin.
Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 341-343. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1999.
Children: Robin, Deirdre, Mikael Solfors, Benjamin, and Woody Louis Armstrong Shaw.
Taught the saxophone; among his students was Hadley Caliman.
Friends with Melba Liston, Charles Mingus, Illiois Jacquet, and Billy Higgins.

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