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Joe Gordon was born Joseph Henry Gordon on May 15, 1928 in Boston, Massachusetts and took up trumpet in his youth. His first professional gigs were in Boston in 1947 and he would later play with Georgie Auld, Charlie Mariano, Lionel Hampton, Charlie Parker, Art Blakey and Don Redman into the mid Fifties.

In 1956 he toured the Middle East with Dizzy Gillespie’s big band soloing on “A Night In Tunisia”. Following this Gordon played with Horace Silver and then moved to Los Angeles. During his California stay over the next five years he recorded with Barney Kessel, Benny Carter, Harold Land, Shelly Manne, Donald Byrd, Dexter Gordon and Thelonious Monk.

Trumpeter Joe Gordon would record two studio sessions and one live album as a leader prior to his death in a house fire on November 4, 1963 in Santa Monica, California.

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