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An internationally-acclaimed trombonist, composer, arranger, and educator originally from Waynesboro, Georgia, Wycliffe Gordon has enjoyed an award-winning career performing and teaching hard-swinging, straight-ahead jazz for audiences around the world.
In addition to leading the Wycliffe Gordon Quartet, Gordon is a former member of the Wynton Marsalis Septet and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. He has also been a featured artist on Billy Taylor’s “Jazz at the Kennedy Center” Series. A gifted composer, he was commissioned to produce a new score for the 1925 silent film Body and Soul, and his musical tribute to Muhammad Ali, I Saw the Light, premiered in a performance by the Brass Band of Battle Creek in March 2004.
Gordon’s work as an educator includes master classes, clinics, and children’s concerts. He is currently developing a collection of trombone quartets, trios, and duos to be entitled Trombone Majesty, with expected publication in fall 2008.
Gordon performed with Seattle’s award-winning Garfield High School Jazz Band, which, under the 37-year leadership of Clarence Acox, was named the Outstanding Festival Band at the prestigious Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival for the seventh time in 2006 and has garnered top awards for seven consecutive years at the Essentially Ellington National Jazz Band Competition and Festival.
The band has also performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, Jazz á Vienne in France, and the North Sea Jazz Festival.
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