Bob Gordon

Bob Gordon

born on 11/6/1928 in St. Louis, MO, United States

died on 28/8/1955 in California, United States

Bob Gordon (saxophonist)

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Bob Gordon (saxophonist)

Bob Gordon (11 June 1928–28 August 1955) was an American cool jazz baritone saxophonist born in St. Louis, Missouri, best known as a sideman for musicians like Stan Kenton, Shelly Manne, Chet Baker, Maynard Ferguson, trombonist Herbie Harper and tenor saxophonist Jack Montrose, among others.[1]

Bob Gordon died in a car accident on his way to playing at a Pete Rugolo concert in San Diego.[2] His friend and fellow saxophonist Jack Montrose wrote:

The union of Bob Gordon and the baritone saxophone must have been decreed in Heaven for never have I viewed such rapport between the natural tendencies of a musical instrument and the mind of the man using it. I cannot imagine Bob Gordon using any other instrument...[3]


As leader/co-leader

  • 1953: Moods in Jazz, with Herbie Harper (Tampa Records)
  • 1954: Herbie Harper featuring Bud Shank and Bob Gordon - Herbie Harper, Bud Shank (tenor and baritone saxes), Bob Gordon (baritone sax), Harry Babasin (double bass), Roy Harte (drums), Jimmy Rowles (piano), Marty Paich (piano) (Liberty Records)
  • 1954: Meet Mr. Gordon (Pacific Jazz)
  • 1955: Jack Montrose with Bob Gordon (Atlantic)
  • 1955: Introducing Bob Gordon (EmArcy)
  • Bob Gordon Memorial (Fresh Sound, compiled 2004)
  • Complete Recordings (Quintet/Sextet with Herbie Harper & Jack Montrose) (Lone Hill Jazz, recorded 1954-55, compiled 2004-05)

As sideman

With Chet Baker
  • 1953: Grey December (Pacific Jazz)
  • 1953: The Trumpet Artistry of Chet Baker (Pacific Jazz)
With Maynard Ferguson
  • 1955: Dimensions (EmArcy)
  • 1955: Maynard Ferguson Octet (EmArcy)
With Lyle Murphy
  • 1955: Four Saxophones in Twelve Tones (GNP)
With Shorty Rogers
  • 1954: Shorty Rogers Courts the Count (RCA Victor)
  • Shorty Rogers & His Orchestra featuring The Giants - West Coast Sounds 1950-1956 (IsraBox, compiled 2006)


  1. Yanow, Scott. [Bob Gordon (saxophonist) at All Music Guide Bob Gordon Biography]. Allmusic. Retrieved on 2007-06-24.
  2. Bob Gordon biography at MTV
  3. Bob Gordon at
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