John Gordon: N.Y.C. Trombone Master

From time to time my friend Otto published little booklets and leaflets on musicians close to his heart. Since he had a strong interest in the not-too-well-known names who nonetheless had something special to offer, these booklets are very interesting documents, as they often contain information that might not have been published elsewhere.

One fine example is “John Gordon: N.Y.C. Trombone Master”, the little book dedicated to the career of trombonist John Gordon (1939–2003) that Otto produced in 1982. I decided to scan the whole booklet and put it up here, as it gives a fascinating insight to the everyday work of your average first -class jazz musician hustling in N.Y.C in the 1970s and 1980s.

But first, so you will know whom this booklet is about, here is a clip showing Lionel Hampton’s orchestra in Nice in summer 1978. Solos are by Lionel Hampton (vib), Jimmy Maxwell, John Gordon, Doc Cheatham, Curtis Fuller, Earl Warren and Hampton again (this time on drums).

And here is the track “No Tricks, No Gimmicks” from Gordon’s 1975 Strata East LP “Step by Step”, which you may want to listen to while skimming through the booklet:

And here is the booklet. Just click on one of the pages, a clickable gallery will pop up. Enjoy!

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3 Responses to “John Gordon: N.Y.C. Trombone Master”

  1. Peter Vacher Says:

    I remember John Gordon very well. He appeared in any number of big bands – Hamp, Clark Terry, Illinois Jacquet – when they appeared in Europe and always played well. He wasn’t often given a chance to solo but when he did it was clear he was a musician of some consequence. I spoke to him casually once or twice and he was always friendly. He seems to have died far too young. I would love to get hold of this booklet – I have others that Otto produced but this was a new one on me.n
    Bravo Otto!

  2. George "Guenti" Schmid Says:

    I knew Otti quite well in the 50s. Spend much of my youth updating his indexes but was never qite aware how much work he did. Nice of you bring it all out.

    John Gordon appears to be a very interested musician and having played with the Jazz Composers, Sam Rivers, Charles Tolliver, Andrew Cyrille, he grew with the times and from the pictures lokks like a very nice human being.

    Thank you for introducing him.

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