In Partnership with the New Mexico Jazz Festival…
Thursday, July 13, 7:00 pm- TCA
FREE Film Showing!
Starring Dexter Gordon.
With Grammy Award-winning score by Herbie Hancock
The 30th Anniversary Celebration of the release of the film. Maxine Gordon, Dexter's widow, will be present for a Q&A after the film. FREE to all!
Taos Center for the Arts
133 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, 575-758-2052
In "Round Midnight" Dexter Gordon was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Dale Turner… "an American jazzman who goes to Paris in 1959 to play at a club called the Blue Note. Turner is about 60, an alcoholic and drug user whose pattern has been to pull things together for a while and then let them slide. Each slide is closer to death.
He is on the wagon in Paris, working in this smoky little club every night… Turner is the most hopeless kind of alcoholic, the kind who tries to stay dry by depending on his own willpower and the enforcement of others. Sooner or later, his willpower will fail him, and sooner or later the others will not be there, so sooner or later he will be drunk. A young Frenchman who admires his music senses this, and also senses the overwhelming loneliness of Dale's life. He invites him home for food and talk. That seemingly very slight gesture - a fan trying to help the man he admires - is the heart of "Round Midnight." It has more jazz in it than any other fiction film ever made… it makes its best points with music, not words."
– Roger Ebert, 1986
THE DEXTER GORDON PROJECT
Friday, July 14, 7:30 pm– Harwood Museum
Tribute to Dexter Gordon
Legendary drummer, Jimmy Cobb Trio
John Campbell, piano; John Webber, bass; Jimmy Cobb, drums
& Special Guest, Doug Lawrence
July 14, 7:30 pm
Tickets $25 / $20 Members
Tickets only available at Harwood Museum
238 Ledoux Street, Taos, NM
or by calling 575-758-9826
Presented in partnership with the New Mexico Jazz Festival and the Harwood Museum
Saxophonist Dexter Gordon was a towering figure in 20th century jazz…widely regarded as the first musician to translate the language of mid-20th century modern jazz - a.k.a. "bebop" - to the tenor saxophone. Possessor of his own distinctive sound, Dexter was known for his heavy doses of swing.
The Dexter Gordon Tribute stars some jazz legends in their own right: Drummer Jimmy Cobb and the great tenor-man, Doug Lawrence.
Jimmy Cobb is the elder statesman of all the incredible Miles Davis bands with Miles, John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley. Among his many recordings with Miles is the masterpiece "Kind of Blue", the most popular jazz recording in history.
And here's what's been said of world-traveling sax man,
"Think of Coleman Hawkins, Louis Armstrong, Ben Webster, Lester Young, Billie Holiday, Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra. They were able to touch our collective soul with their extraordinary sense of phrasing. Tenor man Doug Lawrence has got it. His phrasing is fluid, relaxed, conversational and charming, just like his easy going, seductive Southern drawl." - Bill Milkowski - JAZZTIMES
Doug Lawrence's appearance is made possible in part by Tenor Madness, one of the premiere saxophone repair and restoration shops in the US. Learn more about them at www.tenormadness.com.
We are grateful for the support of The Richard B. Siegel Foundation, Martin Foundation for the Creative Arts, Taos County Lodger's Tax, Natelson Law Firm, Taos Inn and Tenor Madness.