Tri-C JazzFest Screens 1986 Film Starring Jazz Legend Dexter Gordon at Capitol Theatre

Tue 6/25 @ 6-10PM

Tri-C JazzFest has been partnering with the Gordon Square Arts District to present a series of free events — mostly pop-up mini-concerts — at various locations in the district.

They conclude this week — just before Tri-C JazzFest kicks off at Playhouse Square (June 27-29) with a screening of the 1986 film Round Midnight. It stars the legendary jazz sax player Dexter Gordon, as an expatriate American musician living in Europe — something many American jazz musicians, including Gordon himself — did because of the more welcoming climate there for jazz and black musicians. He earned an Oscar nomination for Best Actor for the role.

Gordon, who began his musical career in 1940 when he was just 17, playing with Lionel Hampton’s band, died in 1990. But his widow, Maxine Gordon will be on hand to join in a Q&A session and sign her new book, Sophisticated Giant: The Life and Legacy of Dexter Gordon, following the film screening. Prior to the film local sax player Nathan Paul Davis will perform.

And yes, it is free, no tickets needed.


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