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Billie
Holiday

Cannonball
Adderley

Count
Basie

Charlie
Parker

Coleman
Hawkins

Miles
Davis

Quincy
Jones

Dizzy
Gilespie

Duke
Ellington

Sarah
Vaughan

JJ
Johnson

Herbie
Hancock

Thelonious
Monk

Mary Lou
Williams

Max
Roach

John
Coltrane

Louis
Armstrong

Eric
Dolphy

Charles
Mingus

Dexter
Gordon

Sidney
Bechet

Fats
Waller

Stanley
Clarke

Sonny
Rollins

Ornette
Coleman

Wes
Montgomery

Dinah
Washington

Ella
Fitzgerald

Ben
Webster

Lionel
Hampton

Cecil
Taylor

Jimmy
Smith

Lester
Young

Wynton
Marsalis

Jelly Roll
Morton

Jazz
Legends

Back One Mars Beat Artist - Dexter Gordon

Dexter Gordon

( 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.