As part of the Dexter Gordon worldwide 90th birthday celebration, “Dexter @ 90,” International House, Philadelphia, PA (37th and Chestnut Street) will present an uncut screening of the iconic jazz film Round Midnight with an in-person appearance by Dexter Gordon’s widow, Maxine, an active jazz scholar and director of the Dexter Gordon Foundation. Maxine will introduce the film and lead a discussion after the screening. WRTI DJ Bob Perkins will host. A reception will follow.
Round Midnight (dir. Bertrand Tavernier, France/US, 1986) stars legendary jazz saxophonist Dexter Gordon as an expatriate jazz musician living in Paris in the 1950s. Director Bernard Tavernier creates a moving tale of an unlikely friendship and life in post-WWII Paris and New York, backed with a musical soundtrack featuring Herbie Hancock, who received an Oscar for the score. Dexter Gordon was nominated for an Academy Award as best leading actor for his portrayal of Dale Turner, whose life story was based on legendary jazz artists Lester Young and Bud Powell.
Dexter Gordon was born on February 27, 1923 and died in Philadelphia in 1990. Celebrations commemorating Dexter’s 90th birthday are scheduled for Paris, Copenhagen, New York, and many other cities.
Ticket Info: $9 General Admission: $7 Students & Seniors; FREE for IHP Member; Available through the IHP Box Office, in person or by phone: 215-387-5125; Tue-Sat from 1pm-8pm. Or online at TicketFly.com
The event is Event Co-sponsored by: International House, The Dexter Gordon Society, All About Jazz, and Jazz Bridge.
Information about other worldwide Dexter@90 events can be found at: dextergordon.com