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The early recordings by Dexter Gordon(4)

September 9.2017

JustJazzCalifornia1952

Photo by courtesy of Wardell Gray Photo Gallery

Dexter Gordon worked with Louis Armstrong‘s orchestra in 1944

In those days Louis Armstrong band recorded with actress Dorothy Dandridge.

I found an interesting movie,”Atlantic City (1944 film)”.

Photo from YouTube by Atlantic City (film)

Photo from YouTube by Atlantic City (film)

Although it is regrettable that the video is not clear,I think the saxophonist is Dexter Gordon.

Then he had become a member of singer Billy Eckstine’s group.

Eckstine’s big band was the finishing school for adventurous young musicians who would shape the future of jazz.

Included in this group were Dizzy Gillespie, Dexter Gordon, Miles Davis, Art Blakey, Charlie Parker, and Fats Navarro, as well as vocalist Sarah Vaughan.

Photo by courtesy of Maxine Gordon’s Blog(Unfortunately Dexter Gordon is not shown.)
残念ながらDexter Gordonは写っていませんがBilly Eckstine楽団の貴重な写真をご覧下さい。 Charles “Teenie” Harris, 1908–1998, Billy Eckstine orchestra performing on stage, seen from above, including Sarah Vaughan, Billy Eckstine, Lucky Thompson, Charlie Parker, Bob “Junior” Williams, Leo Parker, Charlie Rouse, Dizzy Gillespie, Marion “Boonie” Hazel, Howard McGhee, Howard Scott, Jerry Valentine, Taswell Baird, Linton Garner, Art Blakey, and Connie Wainwright, in Aragon Ballroom, August 1944

1944年、Dexter GordonはLouis Armstrongに雇われました。

その当時Louis Armstrong orchestraは女優のDorothy Dandridge(ドロシー・ダンドリッジ)と映画で共演しています。

今回、サッチモとDorothyが共演した「Atlantic City(1944年製作)」という映画のワンシーンを見ました。

YouTube映像が不鮮明ではっきりしませんが、Dexter Gordonによく似たサックス奏者がサッチモの後ろで演奏しています。(間違っていたらご指摘下さい)

Louis Armstrong楽団を退団した後、Billy Eckstine楽団に加入しました。

Billy Eckstine楽団は下記に記載したように冒険的な若い演奏家が多く在籍していました。

Dizzy Gillespie、Dexter Gordon、Miles Davis、Art Blakey、Charlie Parker、Fats Navarro、Sarah Vaughan等が在籍していました。

Here is Louis Armstrong orchestra with Dorothy Dandridge play “Ain’t Misbehavin’”and  “Harlem On Parade” from Atlantic City (film) May, 1944.

Here is Billy Eckstine band with Dexter Gordon play “Lonesome Lover Blues”.