Joe Gordon (musician)

Joseph Henry Gordon (May 15, 1928, in Boston, Massachusetts November 4, 1963, in Santa Monica, California) was an American jazz trumpeter.

His first professional gigs were in Boston in 1947; he played with Georgie Auld, Charlie Mariano, Lionel Hampton, Charlie Parker (195355 intermittently), Art Blakey (1954), and Don Redman.

In 1956 he toured the Middle East with Dizzy Gillespie's big band; he was a soloist on "A Night in Tunisia". Following this he played with Horace Silver.

After moving to Los Angeles, he recorded with Barney Kessel, Benny Carter, Harold Land, Shelly Manne (1958–60) and Dexter Gordon.

He recorded as a bandleader for two sessions, and appeared on one recording with Thelonious Monk.

He died in a house fire on November 4, 1963.[1]


As leader

As sideman

With Art Blakey

With Donald Byrd

With Benny Carter

With Dizzy Gillespie

With Barney Kessel

With Harold Land

With Shelly Manne

With Thelonious Monk

With Herb Pomeroy

With Horace Silver

With Jimmy Woods

With Various Artists


  1. Scott Yanow, Jazz on Record: The First Sixty Years, Backbeat Books, 2003, 2003. p 583
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