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Dexter Gordon @ 90! - Celebrations Underway All Over The Globe
(Published: February 19, 2013)

There are celebrations planned for the entire 90th birth year of Dexter Gordon, the world-renowned jazz musician, band leader, composer, Academy Award nominated Actor (for the leading role in the film Round Midnight) and the world's first Bebop tenor saxophonist. Dexter Gordon was born on February 27, 1923 and passed away on April 25, 1990.

For Dexter's birthday celebration, two nights at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, New York City, will feature George Cables as musical director of a band including Victor Lewis, drums; Dezron Douglas, bass; Joe Locke, vibes; Brandon Lee, trumpet; Jerry Weldon, tenor saxophone; and Walter Blanding, Jr., tenor saxophone. On Tuesday, February 26, 2013, at 6pm, there will be a listening session at Dizzy's with George Cables and Michael Cuscuna hosted by Michael Mwenso, late night host at Dizzy's. On Tuesday, February 26, 2013 and Wednesday, February 27, 2013, there will be two sets with the band, 7:30 and 9:30pm.

The Dexter Gordon Society which was formed to honor and preserve the legacy of Dexter Gordon will be launched on February 27, 2013.

The Dexter Gordon Society has been created to honor, preserve, document, and present the life's work and musical legacy of world-renowned Jazz musician, band leader, composer, Academy Award nominated actor, and the world's first Bebop tenor saxophonist, Dexter Keith Gordon (1923-1990).

The Society will serve to increase public awareness and appreciation for the cultural and artistic contributions of Dexter Gordon and his musical contemporaries through historical research and documentation, educational workshops, musical performance, public panels and presentations, technology, and archival work. http://www.dextergordon.c...

From Monday, March 11-Thursday, March 14, 2013, events are scheduled in Madison, Wisconsin including screenings of Round Midnight and talks by Maxine Gordon at the University of Wisconsin with legendary bassist and educator Richard Davis.

On Sunday, March 24, 2013, at International House, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, at 5:00 pm, there will be a screening of Round Midnight followed by a reception and discussion.

The Tri-C JazzFest will present Javon Jackson with the TCJF Sound Works on Sunday, April 21, 2013, 7pm, in Cleveland, Ohio. Maxine Gordon will be giving a presentation at this concert and introduce the band. For tickets, call Nighttown, 216-795-0550.tri-c.edu/EN...

On Sunday, May 26, 2013, a tribute concert will be presented and Round Midnight will be screened in Paris, France.

Other celebrations are planned for Copenhagen, Denmark and Gothenburg, Sweden and in the fall, there are celebrations at the University of Kansas and in Baltimore, Maryland, Washington, DC, San Francisco and other locations in the U.S. http://www.dextergordon.c...

For further information on the Dexter Gordon Celebrations or The Dexter Gordon Society, contact dexmusic@dextergordon.com

More Information: http://www.dextergordon.com/dex-at-90/

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