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Upcoming Dexter bio by Maxine Gordon

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From December 31, 2015 Dexter Gordon newsletter:

 

 
Fulfilling A Wish in 2016
 
Before Dexter's death in 1990, he asked me to complete the book he began after the Academy Award nomination and what he referred to as the "movie star" year. 2016 will see the completion of  the book,Dexter Calling: The Life and Music of Dexter Gordon, for University of California Press.

The Dexter Gordon Society was founded in 2013 to archive, preserve, and present the research that I have compiled over the past 25 years, which includes all of the research done for this book. 

By supporting The Dexter Gordon Society, you will help keep alive one of the world's most illustrious musical legacies and help continue the ongoing preservation of Dexter's legacy through archival work, publication, research, musical production and performance. Any amount that you can contribute will be used to further these efforts.

We are eternally grateful for your generosity. 
 
Maxine Gordon
 
 
 

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Caveat emptor.

Let's just say that I know a musician who would counsel you to run when this individual asks for money.

That said, I'd read the book.

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I have wondered for quite some time when it will be ready. Can´t wait to purchase that.....

And since I know that Mrs Maxine Gordon did very much research work, I´m sure it will be a great book......

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On 1/4/2016 at 10:41 AM, fasstrack said:

Care to elaborate? I guess not...

Woody III has been a board member, and he hasn't said anything about my mom's reputation, so I won't say any more about his. 

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I once spent a late afternoon/early evening in a Chicago hotel suite with a relaxed and friendly Dexter and a Maxine who was slamming stuff around in the bedroom because she was very ticked off at him for some reason  -- I think because she wanted him to be ready to go someplace else at a certain time, while he continued to talk to me about Hank Mobley, etc. in order, at least in part, to fend her off. Believe me, I wouldn't want to get crosswise with Little Red.

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London Jazz Collector on his site mentions meeting and chatting with Maxine at one of Gearbox Record's regular vinyl listening sessions in London a while back and not previously knowing the Dexter connection. They recently put out a 'Soy Califa' LP by Dexter so she must have been there as part of that.

Edited by sidewinder

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...something involving the unilateral rearranging of furniture?

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56 minutes ago, JSngry said:

...something involving the unilateral rearranging of furniture?

Something like that. But then I have a low threshhold for women expressing anger; Dexter perhaps had a high one. And/or their relationship was that of Ferdinand the bull smelling the flowers under a cork tree and a matador with a sharp sword and a long schedule.

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Maxine is a great lady. When she was in the Jazz business as a manager and agent, she kept a lot of artists' professional lives together. Hearsay is just that!

I don't know her real well, but I have never heard a derogatory word.

 

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Any news about the book ? Thought about it recently but couldn´t find no sources of informations.

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I don't think it's very nice -- the most diplomatic way I can say it -- to throw accusations at someone and then refuse to elaborate.  If you weren't going to provide any more information, you shouldn't have said anything. 

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3 hours ago, Brad said:

I don't think it's very nice -- the most diplomatic way I can say it -- to throw accusations at someone and then refuse to elaborate.  If you weren't going to provide any more information, you shouldn't have said anything. 

What is not very nice ? I just asked kindly if somebody knows more about the forthcoming book.......?

"accusations"....." refuse to elaborate"........????????.

I´m a big fan of Dexter and just hope the book will be published someday......that´s all, and I hoped maybe some insider knows more about it.

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6 hours ago, Gheorghe said:

What is not very nice ? I just asked kindly if somebody knows more about the forthcoming book.......?

"accusations"....." refuse to elaborate"........????????.

I´m a big fan of Dexter and just hope the book will be published someday......that´s all, and I hoped maybe some insider knows more about it.

I think Brad posted a response to a post by Spoont years ago.

Very late, and inartfully done since its left Georghe feeling very confused.

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Recently noticed that the "official" Dexter Gordon homepage run by Moontrane Media (aka Woody III I guess) is the most corporate looking homepage I've seen in a long time - the usual stuff like a discography, sound samples, videos ... seem to be missing - instead one can buy shirts, watches, mugs, phone cases... and donate money...

https://dextergordon.com/

DEXTERGORDON.COM is the official business website representing the legacy of late tenor saxophone legend, composer, and Academy Award nominated actor Dexter Gordon™ (1923-1990). DEXTERGORDON.COM is the exclusive property of DEX MUSIC LLC.

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@Dan Gould Thank you

@Niko Yes, I also visited that website but couldn´t find no info about the forthcoming book.

Maybe it takes more time to publish it ? I´m sure there are a lot of fans worldwide who are eager awaiting the book.

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Thank you Niko, really very interesting to read. Seems to be much more than just a bio.
I´ve seen Dexter live on many occasions, once I had to make a long trip with a really shabby old car and was glad I could catch the last 2 tunes of his set, just to have to drive back home all night long.....oh boy what memories....

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Dan is right; I was referring to the older comment. Apologies for not being clear. 

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It´s okay Dan.

The problem is, I think it´s not well received if somebody starts a new thread while there exists an old thread about the same topic.

So it happens that you don´t notice it was just updated, as in may case cause it came to my mind that to book still hasn´t been published.

I´d also prefer new threads so the answers might be "fresh" , but that´s it, you got to check out wether there´s some old stuff about it.....

Okay, from the point of view of a musician it´s a natural thing. When you tell your fellow guys on stage "let´s play some "All the Things You Are", you don´t have to compose it again, it´s old stuff and you just jam on it......

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Yes I preordered it already. Will be out in november......

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I've pre-ordered too. Very good news; it sure took a long time.

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My pre-ordered copy is due in mid-December, amazon.de says.

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