Piedmont Jazz Alliance presents an exciting evening of jazz history with Maxine Gordon, author of Sophisticated Giant: The Life and Legacy of Dexter Gordon. Sophisticated Giant presents the life and legacy of tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon (1923-1990), one of the major innovators of modern jazz.

Maxine Gordon has completed the book – part biography, part history, part memoir -- that her late husband began, weaving his solo turns with her voice and a chorus of voices from past and present. Reading like a jazz composition, the blend of research, anecdote, and a selection of Dexter’s personal letters reflects his colorful life and legendary times. It is clear why the celebrated trumpet genius Dizzy Gillespie said to Dexter, “Man, you ought to leave your karma to science.”

Don't miss the opportunity to hear Maxine Gordon at this event!

Q&A and book signing will follow the presentation. Books will be available for purchase.

Admission is free. RSVP is strongly encouraged.

Reserved seating available with advance book purchase from Bookmarks online and bookstore.

Visit piedmontJAZZalliance.com for details and to RSVP for seating.


  • Occurs Thursday, September 12th, 2019 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm


Footnote Coffee &

634 West 4th Street Ste #120
Winston-Salem, NC 27101


Piedmont Jazz Alliance