Bobby Gordon

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Bobby Gordon, the jazz clarinetist who helped expand the New Orleans traditions to audiences around the world, was interviewed alongside his long time friend Bob Greene. The two men reunited for an interview and to play together at the NAMM Foundation’s Museum of Making Music in 2008. For decades, Bobby perfected his style while touring the globe. His recordings and performances have been praised for invoking the early innovative sounds of traditional jazz from New Orleans, Chicago and Kansas City. Living in La Jolla for many years, Bobby also played a vital role in creating the San Diego Dixieland Jazz Festival, which takes place each Thanksgiving Day weekend. Bobby passed away on the last day of 2013.