Those Were the Days

Dexter Gordon

Montmartre, Copenhagen, 1971

Here’s some documentary footage of Dexter Gordon practicing and performing in Copenhagen, Denmark, 1971.

As a teenager Dexter Gordon played saxophone alongside Illinois Jacquet in Lionel Hampton’s band. After experiencing life as an African-American musician Gordon found true freedom from the shackles of artist and racial oppression in 1960s Europe.


Dexter Gordon, sax
Kenny Drew, piano
Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, bass
Makaya Ntshoko, drums