Juilliard Jazz presents “An Evening with Wycliffe Gordon” on Monday, February 4 at 8 PM in Juilliard’s Paul Hall. Trombonist Wycliffe Gordon is artist-in-residence this season at Juilliard Jazz and performs with Juilliard Jazz Ensembles. The program features arrangements by Wycliffe Gordon, Fats Waller, Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie and James Brown. The two Juilliard Ensembles performing on the February 4th concert have been coached by Juilliard faculty members Frank Kimbrough and Xavier Davis.
Xavier Davis’ ensemble features Gabriel Medd (trumpet), Matthew Musselman (trombone), Samora Pinderhughes (piano), Luke Sellick (bass), and Carmen Intorre (drums). Their set, Swing That Music, includes: Swing That Music" (Louis Armstrong), Cheeky" (W. Gordon), Hello Pops" (W. Gordon), Black and Blue" (Fats Waller), Keyhole Blues" (Louis Armstrong), Umbrella Man" (Dizzy Gillespie), What You Dealin’ With" (W. Gordon).
Frank Kimbrough’s ensemble features Jordan Pettay (alto saxophone), Chase Baird (tenor saxophone), Alphonso Horne (trumpet), David Lantz (piano), Joshua Crumbly (bass), and Jimmy Mcbride (drums). Their set, Welcome to Georgia Town, features: We Have Come Into This House" (traditional), Welcome to Georgia Town" (W. Gordon), Early In Da Moanin’" (W. Gordon), Grease Bucket" (W. Gordon), Savannah Song" (W. Gordon), The Nick of Time" (W. Gordon), and I Got The Feeling" (James Brown).
About Wycliffe Gordon: Musical ambassador and interpreter of America’s music, trombonist Wycliffe Gordon experiences an extraordinary career touring the world performing hard-swinging, straight-ahead jazz receiving acclaim from audiences and critics alike. His unmatched modern mastery of the plunger mute and his prodigious technique and signature sound have solidified Gordon a place in musical history as one of the top trombonists of his generation. In addition to a successful solo career, Gordon regularly tours leading the Wycliffe Gordon Quartet, headlining at legendary jazz venues and performing arts centers throughout the world. He is a former veteran member of the Wynton Marsalis Septet and Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. His numerous recordings include fourteen solo CDs and seven co-leader CDs. His recent independent release, Hello Pops, A Tribute to Louis Armstrong, pay homage to his musical hero and continues to receive rave reviews.
Mr. Gordon was named “Best in Trombone” by the DownBeat Critics Poll for 2012 and Jazz Journalists Association named him “Trombonist of the Year” again in 2012, as well as previous years (2001, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2011). He is a past recipient of the ASCAP Foundation Vanguard Award, among others.
Wycliffe Gordon is a gifted composer and arranger. He is commissioned frequently by renowned jazz groups and organizations and has an extensive songbook of original compositions. A committed music educator, he serves on the faculty of the Jazz Arts Program at Manhattan School of Music. He is an artist-in-residence at Juilliard Jazz this season.
FREE tickets will be available beginning January 22 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from 10 AM to 6 PM.