Curriculum Vitae


Author and Speaker, Sophisticated Giant: The Life and Legacy of Dexter Gordon, the biography of Dexter Gordon, University of California Press. Publication date: November 2018. 


Senior Interviewer, Jazz Researcher, Bronx African American History Project, Fordham University, 2005-present  

Project Director, Women Who Listen: An Oral History Project with Women Jazz Fans, 2005-present  

Consultant: Bronx Music Heritage Center, Bronx, NY, Advisory Board;

Historic Districts Council, Addisleigh Park Project; 

Weeksville Jazz Project, Brooklyn, NY; 

Jazz Consultant, Romare Bearden Foundation, 2010-present;

Mary Lou Williams Foundation, Advisory Board, 2010-2015  

Archivist: The Dexter Gordon Collections, Library of Congress;

Howard “Stretch” Johnson Collection, Butler Library Rare Books and Manuscripts Division, Columbia University, 2012 

Published WorkMischievous Lady: Dexter Gordon and Melba Liston, Journal of the Center for Black Music Research, Columbia College, 2014;

Jazz Icons, DVD Concerts of Dexter Gordon;

Columbia University Jazz Online, Bopland Revisited;

Re-issue of Elks Hall Concert, Central Avenue, for Savoy Music;

Four jazz biographies for African American National Biography  

President, The Dexter Gordon Society, a nonprofit organization that furthers the legacy and work of Dexter Gordon;

Director, Dex Music, LLC, publisher of Dexter Gordon’s compositions and licensor of his name and likeness 

Executive Producer, Serenade for Horace: Louis Hayes, Blue Note Records, 2017


Beginning in November 2018, Maxine Gordon has been touring with book events in the U.S. and will continue in Europe from April 2019 through June 2019.


Louis Armstrong Colloquium, Columbia University, 2018;

SatchmoFest Symposium, New Orleans, Louis Armstrong as King of the Zulus, 2018; 

Detroit, Michigan, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, discussion on the film Round Midnight, 2018;

University of Utah, Dexter Gordon Tribute concert and lecture, 2018;

New Mexico Jazz Festival, Dexter Gordon Tribute Project with Steve Feld, 2017; 

SatchmoFest Symposium, New Orleans, Velma Middleton and Louis Armstrong, 2017;

University of Pittsburgh, Jazz Symposium, 2016;

University of Copenhagen, A Critique of the film Cool Cats, Dexter Gordon and Ben Webster, 2016; 

SatchmoFest Symposium, New Orleans, Dexter Gordon with Louis Armstrong, 2016; 

James Baldwin Conference, Paris, France, Discussion of 1970 Baldwin Documentary, 2016; 

Romare Bearden Exhibit and Jazz Concert, Istanbul, 2015;

African Rhythms and Bebop, Jamaica Music Museum, Kingston, Jamaica, 2015;

Writing Jazz Biography, University of Manchester, UK, 2014;

Tribute to Dexter Gordon concert and film screening, Antananarivo, Madagascar, 2014; 

JazzAhead Conference, Screening and Discussion of the film Round Midnight, Bremen, Germany, 2014;

Dexter Gordon: The European Years, Museum of Musical Instruments, Brussels, Belgium, 2014


New York University (NYU), 2001-2009  

Ph.D.Candidate, History (African Diaspora)  

Teaching Assistant:  History of the Islamic Diaspora, African American Autobiography 

Columbia University, 2004, Fellow, Summer Institute on Oral History—oral history, race and ethnicity 

New York University (NYU), 2001 

M.A., Africana Studies 

City University of New York (CUNY) 

CUNY Baccalaureate Program  

B.A., Sociology, 1995  

Areas of Concentration: African American Studies, Puerto Rican Studies  


Inaugural Research Fellow, The Erroll Garner/Martha Glaser Archive, University of Pittsburgh, 2017 

Hogan Jazz Archive Fellowship, Tulane University, New Orleans, 2017 

Harry Ransom Research Center Fellowship, University of Texas, 2014  

MacCracken Fellowship, New York University, 1999-2006  

Thomas E. Smith Graduate Fellowship Award, 2005  

Smith Fellowship, City University of New York B.A. Program, 1994-1995  

Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, 1994-1995  


French: speak, read, and write with moderate competency  

Spanish: speak fluently (with local accent), read and write with high proficiency  


Professor Farah Jasmine Griffin, Columbia University,  

Professor Robert G. O’Meally, Columbia University,  

Professor Fred Moten, New York University,