( 1923-1990 )
Dexter Gordon, born in Los Angeles, is acknowledged as one of the first musicians to interpret the language of bebop on the tenor saxophone. Following his early recordings, such as Blow Mr. Dexter and Dexter's Deck, he became the idol of a host of tenor players. A photograph of Gordon, taken by Herman Leonard in 1948, is one of the most enduring and iconic images in the history of jazz. Gordon received an Academy Award nomination in 1986 for his performance in Round Midnight.