Dexter Gordon jazz book signing & Civic Jazz Orchestra concert! FREE!

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Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center

3711 Woodward Ave · Detroit, MI

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*This is NOT a BCD event. This is just something we love.*

Sophisticated Giant Dexter Gordon book talk & signing with author Maxine Gordon

Wednesday, February 20, 2019


The Cube (inside Fisher Music Center)
3711 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, Michigan


Dexter Gordon [masked]) was one of the world's great tenor saxophonists.

If you're unfamiliar with his work, start by listening to the albums 'One Flight Up' (1964) and 'Go' (1962).

Maxine Gordon was married to Dexter and has written a tremendous book on his life and legacy.

The Cube is a great concert space inside the Fisher Music Center.

After the talk, Detroit's Civic Jazz Orchestra will perform a tribute to Dexter!

From the author:

In a context of biography, history, and memoir, Maxine Gordon has completed the book that her late husband began, weaving his “solo” turns with her voice and a chorus of voices from past and present. Reading like a jazz composition, the blend of research, anecdote, and a selection of Dexter’s personal letters reflects his colorful life and legendary times. It is clear why the celebrated trumpet genius Dizzy Gillespie said to Dexter, “Man, you ought to leave your karma to science.”

Dexter Gordon the icon is the Dexter beloved and celebrated on albums, on film, and in jazz lore--even in a street named for him in Copenhagen. But this image of the cool jazzman fails to come to terms with the multidimensional man full of humor and wisdom, a figure who struggled to reconcile being both a creative outsider who broke the rules and a comforting insider who was a son, father, husband, and world citizen. This essential book is an attempt to fill in the gaps created by our misperceptions as well as the gaps left by Dexter himself.