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Dexter @ 95 - The Official Birthday Celebration!

Dexter Gordon Birthday Celebration 2018 “Dexter at 95” Live at Parker Jazz Club

 The 2018 Dexter Gordon Birthday Celebration "Dexter at 95" will be held at Parker Jazz Club in Austin, TX . This year the celebration will take place for 2 nights on February 26th and on Dexter's birthday February 27th. Dexter's wife Maxine Gordon will be on hand to MC the event and tell great stories about the man himself. The all­ star band includes Doug Lawrence, Eric Reed, John Webber, Kris Johnson & legendary drummer Louis Hayes.


About The Band

 "Doug Lawrence is the tall tenor of choice to represent Dexter Gordon. He who sits in Lester Young's seat on the Basie band reigns supreme!" ­ Maxine Gordon

 "Louis Hayes is a living legend. He was the drummer on Dexter's Grammy® Winning "Homecoming" album and he is also known for his monumental recordings with Cannonball Adderley, Nancy Wilson, Horace Silver and numerous others. This year Louis' new album on Blue Note Records has been nominated for 6 Grammy's®.

 For over a quarter century Eric Reed has been in demand as the "first­call" pianist for musicians such as Wynton Marsalis, Billy Higgins, Gerald Wilson, Teddy Edwards and others. Eric is a prolific band leader himself with 26 album releases under his name with such jazz illuminary as Ron Carter, Jose' James, Al Foster and others.

 John Webber has been the bassist of choice for a veritable "who's who" of tenor saxophonists including Johnny Griffin and Junior Cook, and for the last 20 years Eric Alexander, George Coleman and Doug Lawrence. John has also recorded with jazz legends Jimmy Cobb, Hank Jones, Tommy Flanagan, Horace Silver and many others.

Trumpeter Kris Johnson was picked by Maxine Gordon herself to hold down the chair in the Dexter Gordon Legacy Quintet that the Legendary Woody Shaw occupied in Dexter's quintet in the 1980's. Kris, another product of Detroit's thriving jazz scene, has been Doug's band­mate with the Legendary Count Basie Orchestra for the last 10 years.


Two Shows: 8PM and 10PM

Earlier Event: February 26
Ryan Davis Trio
Later Event: February 27
Ryan Davis Trio