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Peter Apfelbaum Sextet
Kenny Barron / Terrell Stafford / Dayna Stephens / Matt Wilson
Alan Broadbent Trio
Jimmy Cobb Quartet featuring Kenny Barron
Ruth Davies Blues Night featuring Barbara Morrison
Basie and Beyond: Jamie Davis and the Fred Barry Jazz Orchestra
Sasha Dobson Trio
Lou Donaldson Quartet
Madeline Eastman / Dena DeRose
Taylor Eigsti / Julian Lage Group
Eddie Gomez Trio / Frank Wess Quartet
Wycliffe Gordon Presents the Jazz Mentors
Wycliffe Gordon Quartet featuring Matt Wilson
Albert "Tootie" Heath
Jimmy Heath
Bobby Hutcherson
Nancy King
Lee Konitz
Maria Marquez Quintet
Jeb Patton Trio featuring Tootie Heath
Nicholas Payton Quintet
Kurt Rosenwinkel Group
John Santos Quintet
The Latin Side of the Great American Songbook with Peggy Stern
(New) Standards Night wtih Peter Stoltzman
Patrick Wolff Trio

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Wycliffe Gordon Quartet featuring Matt Wilson
Wycliffe’s trombone playing, described as “mixing powerful, intricate runs with sweet notes extended over clean melodies,” has made him one of today’s leading performers of hardswinging, straight ahead jazz. Gordon received the Jazz Journalists Association 2002 and 2001 Award for Trombonist of the Year, the Jazz Journalists Association 2000 Critics’ Choice Award for Best Trombone and has been nominated for the Jazzpar Award.

Born in Waynesboro, Georgia, Gordon was first introduced to music by his late father, Lucius Gordon, a classical pianist and teacher. His interest in the trombone was sparked at age twelve by his elder brother who played the instrument in his junior high school band. A year later, an aunt bequeathed Gordon her jazz record collection, and so began his passion for jazz music.

Wycliffe is a former veteran member of the Wynton Marsalis Septet, The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, and The Gully Low Jazz Band, and has been a featured guest artist on Billy Taylor’s “Jazz at The Kennedy Center” Series. His numerous recordings include ten solo CDs and three co-leader CDs, of which the latest are “Cone’s Coup,” “Standards Only” and “The Rhythm of My Mind” (with Jay Leonhart). A gifted composer and arranger, he was commissioned to compose a vibrant new score for the 1925 classic silent film “Body and Soul” (notable as the screen debut of Paul Robeson), which was premiered at the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra’s 2000–01 season opening night performance at Avery Fisher Hall. Gordon’s compositions have been performed by The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, The Wynton Marsalis Septet, The Wycliffe Gordon Quartet, The Brass Band of Battle Creek and numerous other ensembles, and performed in programs throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Gordon’s television appearances have included the Grammy Awards, the PBS special
documentary “Swingin’ with the Duke,” and two Live from Lincoln Center broadcasts with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra—“Uptown Blues, Ellington at 100” (a collaboration with the New York Philharmonic) and “Big Train.” Gordon also appeared in Ken Burns’ documentary “Jazz.” Other television appearances include “A Carnegie Hall Christmas Concert” and “Live from Lincoln Center: The Juilliard School at 100 Years.”

Gordon is rapidly becoming one of America’s most persuasive and committed music educators. He currently serves on the faculty of the Jazz Studies Program at The Juilliard School, a position he has held since the founding of the program. Gordon is currently working on a collection of trombone quartets, trios and duos to be entitled “Trombone Majesty,” with expected publication in late 2006. In addition, his first method book “Wycliffe Gordon’s Suggested Studies for Trombone,” a compilation of the materials, exercises and approaches he uses in his teaching and in his own practice regimen, will be released in January 2007.

Gordon is the youngest member of the U.S. Statesmen of Jazz, and in many tour performances has served and continues to serve as a musical ambassador for the U.S. State Department.

To read a feature article about Wycliffe and his work with Stanford Jazz Workshop written by Rebecca Wallace for the Palo Alto Weekly , click here for our "Media Archives" page.

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