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Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Dexter Gordon @ University Theatre - Info sought.

I wondered if you or the good folks who read your website might be able to help with a query regarding Dexter Gordon's appearance at the University Theatre, Newcastle. 
The gig took place during a jazz festival I think sometime in the late 70s. 
I'm trying to find out who was in the band with him. I recall George Cables on piano but after that, I'm afraid it all goes a bit vague. I'm pretty sure I had my eyes closed all night! 
I was prompted to think about this after I was reunited with a copy of his album, Homecoming. I blogged about it here...
Is there some way of asking readers of your Bebop Spoken Here site to see if someone can recall who else was playing with Cables and Gordon that night in the UT?
Sid Smith

4 comments :

Lance said...

Well Sid, I too was at that concert along with friends and fellow musicians Charlie Carmichael and Marshall Walker - both now playing in Dexter's band up there. It was an unusual gig inasmuch as Dex seemed to be pretty spaced out (mind you, so were we!) What I remember most is that, after each number, he would hold the tenor in front of him horizontally. I recall the concert started late although I don't remember the behind closed doors bit. He played brilliantly despite, or because of, whatever he was on! I can't recall the other members of the band. Dexter and Wardell Gray are two of my all-time favourite tenor players and, hopefully, someone else may be able to fill in the personnel details.

Bill Montgomery said...

A Jazz Journal review from April 1978 of a gig at Ronnie's gives the line-up as Cables on piano, Rufus Reed, double bass and Eddie Gladden on drums. Probably the same tour.

Londonjazznews(onTwitter) said...

Have you made contact with dextergordon.org/archive/

Ashington Jazz Club said...

I seem to think this gig was part of the yearly jazz festival organised by Andy Hudson. Yes Dexter and I were very pi__ed. It took an hour or two to get him on stage.The only "modern" gig I can remember about the time was Dave Brubeck at the City Hall. We sat behind the drummer Joe Morrelo on the stage

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