Dexter Gordon, tenor saxophone
From Dexter Gordon’s “Biting the Apple” (1976).
Blue Bossa was written by bebop jazz trumpeter, singer and composer Kenny Dorham (1924-1972).
Dexter Gordon (1923-1990) was considered one of the first bebop tenor sax players. A famous photograph by Herman Leonard of Gordon smoking a cigarette during a set at the Royal Roost in New York City in 1948 is one of the most iconic images in the history of jazz (see YouTube performance above). Gordon's height was 6 feet 6 inches (about 198 cm), so he was also known as 'Long Tall Dexter'.