WYCLIFFE GORDON & FRIENDS
Musical ambassador WYCLIFFE GORDON has built an impressive career touring the world performing hard-swinging, straight-ahead jazz, receiving great acclaim from audiences and critics alike. His unmatched modern mastery of the plunger mute and his exceptional technique and signature sound has solidified a place in musical history for Gordon, known as one of the top trombonists of his generation. The critics seem to agree: Wycliffe was named "Best in Trombone" by the Downbeat Critics Poll three years running now (2014, 2013 & 2012) and Jazz Journalists Association named him "Trombonist of the Year" in 2013, as well as previous years 2001, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2012. He is a past recipient of the ASCAP Foundation Vanguard Award, among others. In addition to an extremely successful solo career, Gordon tours regularly leading the Wycliffe Gordon Quartet, headlining at legendary jazz venues and performing arts centers throughout the world. Gordon is a former veteran member of the Wynton Marsalis Septet, Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and has been a featured guest artist on Billy Taylor's Jazz at the Kennedy Center series. Gordonʼs extensive performance experience includes work with many of the most renowned jazz performers of the past and present. His Jazz a la Carte show, which debuted at the Apollo Theater, was named one of the "Top Five Best Moments in Jazz" for the year 2011 by The Wall Street Journal. Gordonʼs recordings are a model of consistency and inspiration, and his musical expertise has been captured on numerous recordings, including sixteen solo albums and seven co-leader albums. His most recent releases, Hello Pops, A Tribute to Louis Armstrong and Dreams of New Orleans, continue to receive rave reviews and both albums pay homage to Wycliffe's musical hero.