Sophisticated Giant: The Life and Legacy of Dexter Gordon

February 7, 2019 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

A Book Talk on Dexter Gordon by Guest Author Maxine Gordon

Sophisticated Giant presents the life and legacy of tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon (1923-1990), one of the major inventors of modern jazz.  In a context of biography, history, and memoir, Maxine Gordon 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."

Light refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public. 

Location and Address

Hillman Library

First Floor, Thorburgh Room