Prospect Lefferts Gardens store:
Thursday, November 1, 7:30 PM
Maxine Gordon presents Sophisticated Giant: The Life and Legacy of Dexter Gordon
In conversation with Darryl Pinckney
Wine reception to follow
Sophisticated Giant presents the life and legacy of tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon (1923–1990), one of the major innovators of modern jazz. In a context of biography, history, and memoir, Maxine Gordon, an independent scholar with a lifetime career working with jazz musicians, 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.” Maxine presents her book in conversation with Darryl Pinckney, author of Black Deutschland, High Cotton, and others.