More than just the wife, manager and posthumous advocate for the late tenor giant Dexter Gordon, Maxine Gordon is a scholar, researcher, and archivist who has done pioneering research on jazz in Harlem in the 1930s and the history of jazz in the Bronx, NY.
A lifelong jazz fan who is currently working on a new book that will profile three important women in jazztrombonist Melba Liston
, organist Shirley Scott
, and singer Maxine Sullivan
, Maxine Gordon is a force in her own right, advocating for the music and the musicians in many capacities, as partner, friend, manager, and scholar.Victor L. Schermer
spoke with Gordon recently, and as expected, the anecdotes are many, the insights deep and the conversation free-flowing, as she looks back at a life in jazz, connected with so many of its icons, and a future that's filled with plenty of ideas to keep the music alive and relevant.
Check out Maxine Gordon: The Legacy of Dexter Gordon
, today at AllAboutJazz.com!