Amos Gordon

Jazz Alto Saxophone Louis Armstrong, Sun Ra

Born: Birmingham, AL


Great all-around musician.

Lead Saxophonist with Louis Armstrong's big band of the late forties.

Played with Erskine Hawkins, Lucky Millender, Andy Kirk, and others.

Won many awards as bandmaster at Council and Jackson-Olin High Schools.


Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame


Amos F. Gordon Charter Members of Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame Inducted in 1978



.....As a high schooler, Adams was reluctantly recruited into Whatley's big band to take the place of Amos Gordon on saxophone, and traveled to performance dates around the South.....



An analysis of the complexities of the growth and influence of Birmingham jazz would be incomplete without some account of the role Birmingham musicians played in the development of the Alabama State Collegians, popularly known as the "Bama State Collegians." During the 1920's, Fess Whatley, music instructor at Birmingham Industrial High School, developed a friendship with Dr. H. Council Trenholm, the President of Alabama State College, a predominantly black institution of higher education located in Montgomery, Alabama. Because of their mutual concern for the education of Alabama youth, many of Whatley's top music students were awarded scholarships to the college. Some of the alumni were Amos Gordon, J.L. Lowe, Erskine Hawkins, Haywood Henry, Dud Bascomb, J.B. Simms, Wilbur Hollins, Jimmy Mitchell, Richard Sanford, Joseph Sanford, among others. The band director of the Collegians during the 1930's was Mr. William Lawrence James. He worked with Dr. Trenholm in recruiting students for the band. With a nucleus of Birmingham musicians, the band program grew and gained a reputation as one of, if not the best, college bands of the era. The positive reputation, along with the high quality of the music program at Alabama State attracted students from all over the country.


What a Wonderful World: The Magic of Louis Armstrong's Later Years


Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra

Recorded March 12, 1947

Track Time 3:21

Written by Louis Armstrong and Helen Mercer

Recorded in New York City

Louis Armstrong, trumpet, vocal; Ed Mullens, William “Chiefie” Scott, Thomas Grider, Robert Butler, trumpet; Russell “Big Chief Moore, James Whitney, Wadder Williams, Alton Moore, trombone; Arthur Dennis, Amos Gordon, alto saxophone; John Sparrow, Joe Garland, tenor saxophone; Ernest Thompson, baritone saxophone; Earl Mason, piano; Elmer Warner, guitar; Arvell Shaw, bass; James Harris, drums

Originally released on RCA Victor VPM 6044

Currently available on CD: Available on The Complete RCA Victor Recordings of Louis Armstrong.










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