Dexter Gordon

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s famous pronouncement that “There are no second acts in American lives” is proven wrong every day. Case in point: the masterful and broadly influential tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon, who had several comebacks in his career, culminating with a 1986 Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Round Midnight. Although the Bertrand Tavernier film was based on the life stories of Lester Young and Bud Powell, Gordon’s portrayal of “Dale Turner” could easily have been a portrait of Gordon’s own travails and triumphs during his decades in the... Read More

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