Gift of Jazz: A Blind Tiger Tribute to Dexter Gordon featuring Jeremy Wendelin with Dave Hanson (piano), Mark Simon (bass), Todd Reid (drums)
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Dexter Gordon — Dexter Gordon would have been 100 this month, February 2023. Nicknamed “Long Tall Dex” for his 6-foot 5-inch frame, Gordon started out playing in Lionel Hampton’s band at 17, and continued to draw attention by playing with many other legends, and making it a habit to have saxophone duels with Wardell Gray. His tone can be described as direct, yet still carries great warmth. Gordon was part of the bebop era, but listening to his music shows he played tenor sax with lyricism, tenderness, as well as with energy and drive.
Gordon had a prolific career in the US, and in the 1960s he took long-term gigs in Europe, naming it a much easier place to live, saying that he experienced less racism and greater respect for jazz musicians there than in the United States. In addition to a full music career, Gordon began acting and was nominated for an Oscar for “‘Round Midnight,” and entered the Downbeat Jazz Hall of Fame in 1980.
Dexter Gordon created music that changed the course of jazz, and his story is one that deserves attention. The Gift of Jazz is greatly looking forward to a night of diving into Dexter Gordon’s life and music. Join us for this rich experience.
Jeremy Wendelin — Colorado saxophonist Jeremy Wendelin brings passion and artistry to every performance. As a freelance player, Jeremy has performed from street corner to club to concert hall — from solo saxophone to symphony orchestra. He is the lead alto player for the Ultraphonic Jazz Orchestra and saxophonist for the Spotlight Band. Jeremy regularly leads his jazz quartet at clubs, concerts, and events. Whether playing classic jazz or new compositions, the quartet is always entertaining and exciting. In addition, Jeremy leads the Latin Jazz quintet Moderno, which explores Afro-Caribbean jazz from traditional to contemporary. As a jazz player, teacher, classical soloist — on every stage, Jeremy crafts a great musical experience and invites his audience to enjoy. For this tribute to Dexter Gordon, Jeremy will be joined by Dave Hanson on piano, Mark Simon on bass, and Todd Reid on drums.