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Screening: ‘Round Midnight starring Dexter Gordon, plus Q&A with Maxine Gordon, Dexter’s widow and biographer
Saturday, July 20 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Eastport Arts Center and Peavey Memorial Library will host a two-day series of jazz events July 19 and 20, featuring Maxine Gordon, widow of jazz great and tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon, and author of his biography, Sophisticated Giant: the Life and Legacy of Dexter Gordon.
On Friday, July 19 at 1 pm, at Peavey Memorial Library, there will be an author’s reading, book signing and panel discussion with local jazz bassist and radio personality Joan Lowden and local musicians. Maxine will speak about the book and about husband Dexter, modern jazz, Bebop, American expatriates in Paris, and her life as a promoter, producer, road manager, grant writer, wife and mother in the jazz world of New York, the U.S. and Europe.
Also on Friday, Lowden will conduct a radio interview with Maxine on her ‘Talkin’ bout the Arts’ show on WSHD 93.3 FM. The interview will air at 11 am and 4 pm, and will also be available to hear anytime after the initial broadcast online at basslady.com/radio.
The finale event, Saturday, July 20 at 6 pm, at Eastport Arts Center, will be a screening of the film, ‘Round Midnight (1986), directed by Bernard Tavernier and starring Dexter Gordon, François Cluzet and Herbie Hancock, with cameos by Martin Scorsese, Philippe Noiret and Wayne Shorter. Gordon was nominated for an Academy Award for his role as Dale Turner, a jazz musician in Paris in the 60’s/70’s (he lost the Oscar to Paul Newman). Herbie Hancock’s score received the Academy Award for best score, original music. The story is about music, the jazz life, black expatriates in Paris, friendship, and the players’ passionate drive to make music.
The film will be introduced by Maxine. Afterwards, there will be a reception and discussion with Maxine facilitated by Joan Lowden and Maxine’s old friend Helen Swallow.
Events are by donation. Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport, and at eastportartscenter.org. Peavey Memorial Library is at 26 Water Street, Eastport. Both venues are handicapped-accessible.