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February 27, 2007

John Reid Quintet to Honour Dexter Gordon

Written by
cindy mcleod

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John Reid Quintet Keeps Dexter’s Music Alive

The Instrumental Society of Calgary presents another evening in their ongoing concert season with a night of jazz. ‘Dexter Lives!’ tribute to the virtuoso tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon on the 84th anniversary of his birth.

Performing a selection of Dexter’s music for tribute concert is the John Reid Quintet. The Calgary tenor sax and flute man brings his quintet sound to the stage with Paul Ashwell (trombone), Brian Sharron (piano), John Hyde (bass), and John DeWaal (drums).

‘Dexter Lives!’ honours jazz great Dexter Gordon, the tenor saxophonist who was a member of the Lionel Hampton, Louis Armstrong, Fletcher Henderson, Billy Eckstein and Charlie Parker bands.

Going on to lead his own groups and appearing in numerous other configurations in the US and Europe over his career that lasted over four decades until his death in 1990, Dexter recorded dozens of acclaimed albums for Blue Note, Prestige, Steeplechase, Columbia and other labels.

Dexter is noted for being the first musician to translate the language of bebop to the tenor saxophone during the late 1940s.

A member of the Jazz Hall of Fame, Dexter was voted Musician of the Year by Downbeat Magazine in 1978 & 1980. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1986, for his portrayal of fictional sax man Dale Turner in Bernard Tavernier’s film, Round Midnight, and appeared in a non-speaking role in the film Awakenings.

Friday, March 9, 2007 8 pm
John Reid Quintet
John Reid, (tenor saxophone, flute), Paul Ashwell (trombone), Brian Sharron (piano), John Hyde (bass), John DeWaal (drums)
Scarboro United Church / Calgary

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