Facts about Dexter Gordon
Dexter Gordon Biography
Dexter “Long Tall Dexter” Gordon was one of the most famous tenor sax players of the 20th century, a towering figure of bop jazz (literally — he was 6′ 5″ tall).
He is considered one of the first tenor sax players to develop a personal style in bop during the ’50s, influenced by or influencing players such as Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane.
After 1960 he spent most of his time in Europe, living in Denmark while touring and recording. In the ’70s and ’80s his popularity resurged in the U.S. and he returned for several successful tours.
He reached audiences beyond the jazz world with his performance in the 1986 film ‘Round Midnight, for which he earned an Oscar nomination as Best Actor (although it was generally agreed that he wasn’t so much acting as playing himself). His albums include One Flight Up (1964), Dexter Plays Hot and Cool (1955) and Sophisticated Giant (1977).