Bob Gordon (saxophonist)

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Bob Gordon
Born (1928-06-11)June 11, 1928
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Died August 28, 1955(1955-08-28) (aged 27)
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Saxophone
Years active 1940s–1950s
Associated acts Jack Montrose, Herbie Harper

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, Herbie Harper and Jack Montrose. He released one album as a bandleader. Gordon died in a car accident on his way to playing at a Pete Rugolo concert in San Diego.[1]

His friend 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".[2]


As leader/co-leader[edit]

  • 1953: Moods in Jazz, with Herbie Harper (Tampa)
  • 1954: Herbie Harper featuring Bud Shank and Bob Gordon (Liberty)
  • 1954: Meet Mr. Gordon (Pacific Jazz)
  • 1955: Jack Montrose with Bob Gordon (Atlantic)
  • 1955: Introducing Bob Gordon (EmArcy)
  • 2004: Bob Gordon Memorial (Fresh Sound)

As sideman[edit]

With Chet Baker

With Pete Rugolo

With Jack Montrose

With Maynard Ferguson

With Spud Murphy

With Dave Pell

With Shorty Rogers


  1. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Bob Gordon | Biography & History | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 29 November 2016. 
  2. ^ Montrose, Jack. "Bob Gordon |". Retrieved 29 November 2016.