Sax Gordon

W Sax Gordon

“Sax” Gordon Beadle was born in Det roi t in 1965. He gained his fi rst musical
experiences in Nor thern Cali fornia wi th combos and big bands in the
Sacramento area, eventual ly per forming and recording with Bay Area Blues giant
Johnny Hear tsman before leaving for the east coast. Early on Gordon
established a reputation for his hard-blowing, gutsy sax style and his abili ty to
excite an audience.
Since coming to Boston, Gordon has become one of the most sought-after
saxophonists in his field, both in recording studios and in clubs and concert halls
worldwide. He’s been featured as a soloist on both the tours and recordings of such
highly-respected artists as Duke Robillard, Jay McShann, Matt “Guitar” Murphy,
Jimmy Witherspoon, Luther “Guitar Jr.” Johnson, and Roomful of Blues. His
flamboyant solos have appeared on award-winning recordings by such legendary R&B
pioneers as Jimmy McGriff, Champion Jack Dupree, Rosco Gordon, Pinetop Perkins,
Jimmy “T99” Nelson, Billy Boy Arnold and Charles Brown, and Gordon has been
called upon to play live with many of the great artists of Blues, Jazz, and Soul,
including Solomon Burke, Little Milton, Johnny Copeland, Clarence “Gatemouth”
Brown, Herb Ellis, Ben E. King, Keely Smith, Howard Tate, Martha Reeves, Junior
Wells, Mighty Sam McClain, Charlie Musselwhite, Reuben Wilson & the Masters of
Groove (featuring Grant Green Jr. & Bernard Purdie), Johnny Johnson, James
Cotton, Sam Moore (of Sam & Dave), Hubert Sumlin, Big Jay McNeely, Sherman
Robertson, Junior Watson, and John Hammond.
Gordon has per formed in Europe, Aust ralia, South America, Af rica, Cent ral
America, Scandinavia, the Caribbean, all over Nor th America, and toured in
opening bands for such notable acts as the Rol ling Stones, BB King and the
Neville Brothers. With his own groups or as a sideman Gordon has appeared at
world- renowned festivals including the Monterey Jazz fest ival, New Orleans
Jazz & Her itage Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival (Holland), Luxembourg Blues
and Jazz Rallye, San Francisco Blues Festival, Newport Rhythm & Blues
Festival, King Biscui t Festival (Helena, AR), Istanbul Blues Festival, Boston
Blues Festival, the Handy Awards, Memphis in May, Imatra Big Band Festival
(Finland), Tanglewood Jazz Fest ival, Nescafe Blues Festival (Brazil), Blues
Estafet te (Netherlands) , Kabila Blues (Mor rocco).. .
In 1998 Gordon began recording for Rounder’ s Bullseye Blues & Jazz label . On
his fi rst CD, Hav e Horn Wi l l Trav e l , Gordon caught the at tention of noted cri tics
Chris Mor ris of Billboard, and Bi ll Milkowski of Jazz Times with his rocking
original tunes, huge sound, and his abil ity to bui ld upon the styles of inf luences
like Sil Austin, Freddie Mitchell, King Cur tis, Gene Ammons, Ike Quebec, and
Clif ford Scot t. He received the French Euroblues Agency’ s “Trophees France
Blues – Internat ional Musician (Divers)” in 1998, 2000 and 2003, and performed
with his own groups in the USA, Holland, Belgium, France, Switzerland and
His second CD, You Knock Me Out , was released in 2000 with Gordon showing
an even wider range of t radi tional R&B Sax influences like J.T. Brown, Eddie
Shaw, Maxwell Davis, Lee Allen, Hank Crawford, Joe Houston, Earl Bostic, and
Arnett Cobb, while managing to retain a sound and feel al l his own. Living
Blues magazine said “Sax Gordon per forms wi th a skill and taste, f requently
careening to the edge of glorious chaos”.
Since then Gordon has cont inued working in the USA and overseas wi th his
own groups as wel l as with other ar tists, and was nominated for a W.C. Handy
Award in the “Inst rumental ist – Horns” category in 2001, 2002, 2004, and 2005.


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