Dexter Gordon

American jazz tenor saxophonist

Dexter Gordon (February 27, 1923 – April 25, 1990) was an American jazz tenor saxophonist.[1] He was born in Los Angeles, California. He was also known as "Long Tall Dexter" and "Sophisticated Giant". Gordon's career lasted for over 40 years. He was among the earliest tenor players to adapt the bebop musical language.

Gordon in October 1980

Gordon died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from renal failure and laryngeal cancer at the age of 67.


  1. "Dexter Gordon interview with Les Tomkins, 1962". National Jazz Archive. Retrieved 2021-03-07.

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