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Dexter Gordon (I) (1923–1990)

Dexter Gordon was considered one of the greatest jazz saxophonists ever, During his heyday, namely `45-`80, he played tenor sax with many of the all-time jazz greats, including Lionel Hampton, Louis Armstrong, Billy Eckstine and many others. In the 60s, he left his vices behind and created some wonderful music. He played in Europe extensively where... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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'Round Midnight Dale Turner
The Age of Adaline Soundtrack
Black Mass Soundtrack
Awakenings Rolando


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 1990 Awakenings
 1988 Crime Story (TV Series)
- Moulin Rouge (1988) ... Rollie
 1986 'Round Midnight
Dale Turner
 1964 Jazzorama (TV Series)
Musician - Saxophone
- Episode #1.1 (1964) ... Musician - Saxophone
 1963 Stop for Bud (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1963 Jazzland (TV Movie)
 1956 Meet Me in Las Vegas
Saxophone Player (uncredited)
 1955 Unchained
Saxophone Player (uncredited)
 1950 Young Man with a Horn
Saxophone Player (uncredited)
Show Show Music department (3 credits)
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Show Show Soundtrack (8 credits)
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CD: "Daddy Plays the Horn" (CBS) See more »

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1 Biographical Movie | 2 Articles | See more »


6' 5" (1.96 m)


Maxine  (his death)  (1 child) | See more »

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Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 341-343. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1999. See more »


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