Thinking of Dexter Gordon

Saxophonist Dexter Gordon is one of the first names I mention to young students looking to get hip to the sounds of jazz.  Unmistakable for his saxophone sound and rhythmic feel, Dexter’s playing remains easily identifiable among legions of followers and imitators.  I learned a number of standards from his recorded renditions, including It’s You Or No One, Love For Sale, The Shadow of Your Smile, You Stepped Out of a Dream, and Star Eyes. While Dexter became known to a mainstream audience late in his career due to his leading role in the movie ‘Round Midnight for which he was nominated as best actor for the 1986 Oscars, he has always been known to jazz fans for his use of riffs and quotes in …

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Gigs the Weekend of June 6 and 7

I’ve got a couple of gigs going on this weekend that I want to tell you about.  Saturday night I’ll be playing with the Justin Conn Band down at The Pond in Franklin.  If the show is anything like last night’s rehearsal, it will groove hard and be a fun time.  Starts at 9pm, only $5. If you’re looking for a place to rid yourself of a Sunday morning hangover, come out to the Green Hills Whole Foods where I’ll be playing duets with Jonathan Epley from 11 – 1. And last but not least, my quintet Cobb’s Mob! will be performing at Cafe CoCo once again at 8pm this Sunday night.  I’m excited about the lineup and the tunes we’ve got prepared.  As always, …

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