“What I'm doing, I prefer to call that jazz, because it is a beautiful word - I love it.” - Dexter Gordon
Screening of Round Midnight
The High Point Preservation Society presents a screening of the Academy Award Nominated film Round Midnight starring tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon, with an introduction by his wife Maxine Gordon.
Friday, September 13, 2019 Jackie’s Place 607 E. Washington St., High Point, NC 6:00pm—9:00pm Admission—$10.00 at the door.
All donations & proceeds will go towards the preservation of John Coltrane's childhood home.
This event is a partnership with Piedmont Jazz Alliance and High Point Preservation Society sponsors & supporters.
Round Midnight is a 1986 American-French musical drama film directed by Bertrand Tavernier and written by Tavernier and David Rayfiel. It stars Dexter Gordon, François Cluzet and Herbie Hancock. Martin Scorsese, Philippe Noiret and Wayne Shorter appear in cameos.
Dexter Gordon plays jazzman Dale Turner (based on a composite of real-life jazz legends Lester Young and Bud Powell), a troubled saxophonist who rekindles his spirit in Paris.
Gordon was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role and won a Grammy for the film's soundtrack entitled The Other Side of Round Midnight in the category for Best Instrumental Jazz Performance, Soloist. Hancock won the Academy Award for Best Music, Original Score. The soundtrack was released in two parts: Round Midnight and The Other Side of Round Midnight.
Author Talk & Book Signing with Maxine Gordon
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 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.”
Dexter Gordon—the icon—is the Dexter who is now known and beloved and celebrated, on albums and on film and in jazz lore—even in a street named for him in Copenhagen. But this image of the cool jazzman fails to come to terms with the three-dimensional man full of humor and wisdom, a figure who struggled to reconcile being both a creative outsider who broke the rules and a comforting insider who was a son, father, husband, and world citizen. This essential book is an attempt to fill in the gaps, the gaps created by our misperceptions, but also the gaps left by Dexter himself.
The author Maxine Gordon is an independent scholar with a lifetime career working with jazz musicians. As an oral historian and archivist in the fields of jazz and African American cultural history, '"Sophisticated Giant" fulfills the promise she made to her late husband, jazz saxophonist, and Academy Award-nominated actor Dexter Gordon, to complete his biography.
Thursday, September 12, 2019 6:30PM
Footnote Coffee & Cocktails 634 W 4th Street Suite 120 Winston-Salem, NC
Q&A and book signing will follow the presentation. Book will be available for purchase.
Admission is free. RSVP Strongly Encouraged
Book Signing will be held next door at Bookmarks Bookstore 634 W 4th Street Suite 110 Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Footnote and Bookmarks are accessible from 4th Street through the breezeway between Dominos Pizza and Design Archives, and the parking lot on Holly Avenue.
Throughout the book, Maxine provides rich descriptions of people, places, and events, often quoting from Dexter. Through her meticulous research, new information about him emerges. . . While meticulous about details, the author is also a good storyteller, so, aside from its scholarly discipline, the book is intriguing and leads the reader forward like an absorbing detective novel. — All About Jazz
Piedmont JAZZ Alliance at Bookmarks Festival
Bookmarks' 15th Festival of Books and Authors will be held this weekend - September 5 - 8 in downtown Winston-Salem! PJA will be at booth 35 in front of Milton Rhodes Center on Saturday, September 7 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Please stop by to learn more about PJA events and purchase your copy of Sophisticated Giant: The Life and Legacy of Dexter Gordon. For a full schedule, visit: https://www.bookmarksnc.org/festival19.