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Tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon directly influenced Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane, which means he indirectly influenced just about everyone. “Long Tall” Dexter’s definitive behind-the-beat phrasing and dynamic harmonics were couched in a tone that ran from Lester Young’s sweetness to Illinois Jacquet’s might. But after helping define modern jazz in the ’40s, Gordon spent much of the ’50s suffering the era’s lifestyle with two drug-related convictions. Gordon rebounded by moving to Copenhagen, where he spent 15 years before returning to the U.S. in 1976, where he died in 1989. Tonight’s U.S. premiere of Dexter GordonMore Than You Know, a documentary made for Danish TV, is introduced by Bruce Lundvall, who signed Gordon to Columbia upon his return to America. (Footage from the Homecoming session is included, as is Gordon’s screen test for his Oscar-nominated role in ‘Round Midnight). Tomorrow, D.C.’s hard-bop database Rusty Hassan hosts. At 7 p.m. Tuesday & Wednesday at the Library of Congress’ Pickford Theater, James Madison Building, 1st & Independence Ave. SE. FREE. (202) 707-5502. (CP)