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A Swingin’ Affair: “Dex @ 90″


Jimmy Mak's
221 NW 10th

Dec. 10, 2014, 7:30 p.m.


Under the musical direction of David Evans, Charlie Porter, George Colligan, Tom Wakeling, and Alan Jones celebrate the music of Dexter Gordon. A “sophisticated giant” of a tenor man at six-foot-six inches, Gordon was an early pioneer of the Bebop era.  He got his start with Lionel Hampton and Never Looked Back.  Playing with the best bands of the war era, Fletcher Henderson, Louis Armstrong, Billy Eckstine, and Illinois Jacquet.  Having influences by Lester Young, Gordon played and recorded with Charlie Parker and was an influence on John Coltrane.  He spent considerable time in Europe and documented upwards of 50 solo albums.  His Blue Note sessions are considered his best and define the golden age of mainstream jazz.  His 1986 performance on Round Midnight earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Leading Role and he won a Grammy® for Best Soundtrack. 

David Evans / saxophone
Charlie Porter / trumpet
George Colligan / piano
Tom Wakeling / bass
Alan Jones / drums

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