1) Make A Donation 

Get a tax-deduction when you make a donation to our 501c3 nonprofit organization. Donate Now >>. 

Donor Levels with Rewards:

  • Donor: $50
  • Contributor: $100
  • Advocate: $500
  • Supporter: $1,000
  • Founder: $5,000
  • Sponsor: $10,000:
  • Ambassador: $15,000 
  • Partner: $25,000 
  • Sophisticated Giant: $50,000  

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You can still donate any amount. For donations over $10,000, email us at society@dextergordon.org.

2) Become A Fundraiser and Help Us Spread the Word!

Help Raise Funds for this campaign and spread the word by telling your own Dexter Gordon stories. Join the Campaign and Help Us Fundraise! >>.

What is The Dexter Gordon Society (TDGS)? 

The Dexter Gordon Society (TDGS) is a NY-based non-profit whose mission is to preserve the legacy and life work of Dexter  Gordon.   


The Mission of The Dexter Gordon Society is to commemorate the legacy of the late great tenor saxophonist, composer, band leader and Academy Award nominated actor, Dexter Keith Gordon (1923-1990), by spreading the joy and beauty of his life's work, his artistic legacy and high moral values through cultural events, presentations, publications, musical releases, archival preservation, digital media, historical research, and education.

A New Biography: Sophisticated Giant

Launched just after the recent publication of the new Dexter Gordon biography, Sophisticated Giant, by jazz historian Maxine Gordon — this official fundraising campaign comes at a critical moment as decades of cultural and historical research are finally made available to the public.

“With “Sophisticated Giant,” Maxine Gordon has produced a homecoming even more dramatic, and perhaps more important, than the one she helped arrange for him [Dexter Gordon] in 1976.” —David Hajdu, New York Times

So there's more material on Dexter? 

Yes. Much more.

The research conducted since Dexter Gordon passed away in 1990 has resulted in thousands of digital and physical items. Since all of these materials could not be published in one singe volume, we plan to digitize, curate, publish, and disseminate the remaining elements of Maxine Gordon's research to select members of the Dexter Gordon community through The Dexter Gordon Society.

What kinds of material?

Scores, manuscripts, sheet music, letters, photographs, portraits, stationary, saxophone reeds, clothes, accessories, documents, contracts, and countless other items of memorabilia and ephemera, including Dexter Gordon’s personal and musical possessions preserved by The Society as well as items acquired and made available through the U.S. Library of Congress.

Why is preserving and sharing this material so important?

Because it is precisely these historical and archival items that made it possible for Maxine Gordon to tell Dexter Gordon's story and to cover the full historical and cultural scope of his life experience. 

When curated and organized in the context of his music and biographical history, these materials serve as invaluable educational and cultural artifacts of our collective cultural memory, providing an "index" (no pun intended) not only of Dexter Gordon's personal musical story, but of the historical development of modern jazz, and of American and African American culture and history.

How can I support this campaign?

Make A Donation
Donors will receive exclusive rewards that will be available following completion of the fundraising campaign and shipped in January 2019. All donations are tax-deductible. See the list of rewards below. 

How Can I Become A Fundraiser?

Join The Campaign
You can also contribute by helping us raise funds for this campaign and by telling your own personal Dexter Gordon Story. Help us spread the word and encourage your friends to contribute. 

Then what? . . .

  • Write an appeal to your donors (or use the default appeal)
  • Tell the world how much Dexter (and/or Maxine) Gordon mean/s to you, personally and how much Dexter's music has impacted your life
  • Share your stories, memories, favorite recordings, photos, etc
  • Tell everyone why you feel it is important to support this Fundraising Campaign!
  • Share the campaign link on social media (this page): http://dextergordon.org
  • Keep sharing until the campaign ends on January 9, 2019!

How will the funds be used?

Your generous contribution will help us implement the following projects and initiatives:

1. Office Space 

Driving forward the organization’s expansion, your contribution will help us secure a space for daily operations, staff, meetings, fundraising events, rehearsals, and research projects. 

2. Publication 

Your funds will help us cover the costs to periodically-publish rare documents from Dexter Gordon’s life and career.

3. Digitization            

Your contribution will also assist with the ongoing digitization of Maxine Gordon’s collection of the above mentioned research.

4. Education

To build upon Maxine Gordon’s ongoing global series of talks, film-screenings, research presentations, and international events, your contribution will allow us to provide scholarships and to build on existing partnerships with arts institutions around the world.

5. Events

Your generous contribution will also allow The Dexter Gordon Society to continue to host commemorative events and to cover production costs.

6. Recordings

Your contribution will help us to make select unreleased and reissued audio and video recordings of Dexter Gordon available through The Society for educational and research purposes.

7. Advocacy 

And lastly, The Dexter Gordon Society will provide a host of music advocacy and support for to artists, musicians, nonprofits, and small businesses.

Rewards and Perks:

Books, Merchandise, Memorabilia, and More!

A New Dexter Gordon "Outtakes" Book 

For "Devotees" and "Founders" (see Donor Categories below)

Select donors will get an exclusive copy of this new book with the "outtakes" (edited content) from Maxine Gordon's new biography, Sophisticated Giant. The book will contain text that did not make it into the new biography, as well as photos and facsimiles of Dexter's archival materials, including rare photos, personal items, pages from notebooks, with annotations, comments, and more. Never before released to the public. Published by The Dexter Gordon Society.

A New Dexter Gordon Blue Note Letters Book

Written correspondences between Dexter Gordon, Alfred Lion, and Francis Wolff

We will also make available an exclusive book of select letters and documents exchanged between Dexter and Blue Note Records founders Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff. The book will contain photos from Dexter's Blue Note recording sessions, with annotations, transcripts, and copies of the original archival letters exchanged between Dexter and his Blue Note colleagues. Never before released to the public. Published by The Dexter Gordon Society.

Documents and memorabilia from the film Round Midnight

The 1986 film production of Round Midnight left behind a plethora of miscellaneous documentation, images, publicity material, cards, and other items that will be published, curated, and revisited through The Society as a way of studying Dexter's artistry, style, and contribution as an actor . 

Scene from Round Midnight: "My life is music. My love is music."

Exclusive musical memorabilia from Dexter's private collection

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Saxophone Reeds

Top-Tier donors will have access to exclusive content and memorabilia including Dexter Gordon's own tenor saxophone reeds. Review the rewards section for details.

Experience Dexter's Legacy with an exclusive tour of his collection, his horn, a trip to Paris, Copenhagen, or NYC.

The highest tier of donors ("Partner" & "Sophisticated Giant") will have the opportunity to meet Maxine Gordon, visit Dexter's actual collection, saxophonists will be able to play Dexter's horn, and also get a boat ride through the river on one of three cities (New York, Paris, or Copenhagen) with a live band and lifetime membership to The Dexter Gordon Society. See the donation page or check out the top-level rewards listed on this page for further details.

Campaign Policy:

  • Physical goods and rewards will be shipped within 4-6 weeks following the end of the campaign.
  • Digital goods will sent in an email within 7 days.
  • It may take 3-5 business days to reply to inquires through this campaign.
  • If you have additional requests, send a message through this page and we will do our best to accommodate you.
  • Email us at dexmusic@dextergordon.com or support@dextergordon.com.


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