DEXTER GORDON - etc • His sound influenced many young...

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DEXTER GORDON 1923 - 1990 Born in LA Started musical pursuit on the Clarinet at the age of 13 Switched to the Alto sax at the age of 15, and moved to tenor at the age of 17 Was asked to play in the Lionel Hampton band during his senior year in High school Left L.A. with the Lionel Hampton band where he made his first recordings in Chicago In 1943, when the LH band moved to NYC, he began to play with Ben Webster and Lester Young. This was considered to be one of the most important moments of his long term career in music – “people started to take notice.” Went back to L.A. in 1943, playing with Lee Young, and with Fletcher Henderson orchestra 1944-Played with the great Louis Armstrong Orchestra – a highligh of his career. 1945 – Dexter started various recording contracts with labels like Savoy records,
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Unformatted text preview: etc. • His sound influenced many young players of his day like Coltrane, and Sonny Rollins • Late 40’s Dexter played on the famed 52 nd street in NYC with Parker Fats Navarro, and Max Roach • Made Various recordings with Blue Note in the 50’s • In 1962 Dexter began playing in Europe at Ronnie Scott’s club in London. A new experience for Dexter • Settled in Copenhagen where he lived until his return to the US in 1976 • Begaan working for motion pictures in the 80’s, where he one an Oscar with Herbie Hancock • His last appearance was with the New Your Philharmonic in Ellingtones , a commissioned piece written by David Baker. QuickTime and a decompressor are needed to see this picture....
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