The Photo Request has been fulfilled.

 
 Dexter Keith Gordon

Dexter Keith Gordon

Birth
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Death 26 Apr 1990 (aged 67)
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
Memorial ID 6946855 · View Source
Suggest Edits

Jazz Musician. He was a tenor saxophone player who is considered the first "real" be bop tenor saxophonist. Dexter Gordon had a long and intresting life in which he disappeared from the jazz scene on many occassions with his life at times in some disarray due to two broken marriages, drinking and also a drug problem. He eventually finished out his career on top of his game. Gordon was born and raised in Watts, CA. He began his musical career studying clarinet; by his mid-teens he had switched to tenor saxophone. At 17, he started performing with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra and before he was 30, he had adorned the stages with some of the top names in jazz history, including Louis Armstrong, Charlie "Bird" Parker, Miles Davis and Billy Ekstine. Throughout the 1960s and into the 1970s, Gordon toured extensively, becoming especially popular in Europe where he mostly resided. He is the only muscian ever nominated for an Oscar for his role in the most praised jazz film of all time, Bertrand Tavernier's, "Round Midnight". After his return from Europe to New York in 1976 he was elected to the Jazz Hall of Fame and in 1978 and 1980, Downbeat Magazine named him "Muscian of the Year". Dexter Gordon died in Philadelphia, PA in 1990. He still stands as a true giant in the legacy of jazz and his recordings stand as a eloquent testimony to a man who influenced many musicians.

Bio by: Curtis Jackson


Advertisement

Advertisement

See more Gordon memorials in:

Advertisement

Advertisement

How famous was Dexter Keith Gordon?

Current rating:

59 votes

Sign-in to cast your vote.

  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Curtis Jackson
  • Added: 23 Nov 2002
  • Find A Grave Memorial 6946855
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dexter Keith Gordon (27 Feb 1923–26 Apr 1990), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6946855, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.