Dexter Story

Multi-hyphenate Dexter Story is a composer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, music producer, sound designer and freelance go-to music guy. Named after the jazz saxophonist Dexter Gordon by his audiophile father, Story grew up on a steady diet of music theory, guitar and piano which eventually led to him fronting and touring in local Los Angeles bands by age 14. While earning his undergraduate degree at UC Berkeley and Bordeaux's National Conservatory of Music in France, Story performed with a diverse array of masters including Wynton Marsalis, Ravi Coltrane, Ernie Watts, John Stubblefield, Slide Hampton, Jeff Narell and Eric Reed. Alongside a successful on-stage music career, Story also worked in every facet of the music industry business (from marketing director at Priority, Def Jam and Bad Boy Records to talent buyer at the legendary Temple Bar) enjoying 15 years at the epicenter of popular music culture. His latest and most notable endeavors however are focused on music production and composing music-to-picture. Story recently music-directed the highly-acclaimed "Peace Go With You, Gil" tribute concert at Grand Performances in the Summer of 2012 and is gearing up for a similar stellar tribute to the late great Nina Simone in Summer 2013. Story collaborates regularly with producer/DJ Carlos Niño as co-founder of the breakthrough experimental group The Life Force Trio as well as with acclaimed jazz/vocalist Dwight Trible, international producer Mark de Clive-Lowe and Todd Simon's Ethio Cali Ensemble. Dexter Story has toured and recorded with Sa-Ra, Quadron, Steve Spacek, The Long Lost (Daedelus' and Laura Darling's duet), Build An Ark, Rumer Willis, and he just released his debut album Seasons in February 2013 on Kindred Spirits which features a who's-who of underground and international talent. Story currently lives in Los Angeles. Read more on User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.