April 24, 2010


Dexter Gordon Enters The Library of Congress (Felix Contreras, NPR: A Blog Supreme)

"Jazz, to me, is a living music. It's a music that since its beginning has expressed the feelings, the dreams, hopes of the people."

Dexter Gordon once said that.

We heard it when we attended a ceremony marking the acquisition of over 1,000 items from the saxophonist's career at the Library of Congress made available by his widow, Maxine Gordon.

The collection includes items from throughout a career that spanned five decades. From his earliest days in Los Angeles until his death in 1990 -- including memorabilia from his turn as a Oscar-nominated actor in Bertrand Tavernier's 1987 film Round Midnight -- it's all there.

Maxine Gordon's presentation about the making of Round Midnight revealed more quotables from Dexter. Seems the film's success made him a big deal in Europe, and for the first time he had to travel with bodyguards. As he was being escorted in Italy, he turned to his wife and said, "This is the first time the police have been in front of me with their lights on!"

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 24, 2010 5:21 PM
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