“Round Midnight” (1986): Best Jazz Movies
The sax stalwart Dexter Gordon, born in 1923, outlasted many of his contemporaries. By the 1980s, though, he was running down. He’d been dealing with kidney problems, diabetes, and cancer, and “his cognac consumption was famed,” according to one fellow musician. But Gordon got a second wind when director Bertrand Tavernier cast him as the jazzman-in-exile Dale Turner (a loose composite of Lester Young and Bud Powell) in Round Midnight. Gordon earned an Academy Award nomination for the role. He died four years later, on April 25, 1990 – around midnight.
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