Top Jazz Trombonist Wycliffe Gordon Coming to LSU to Perform as Part of School of Music Jazz Showcase March 24

01/10/2014 02:22 PM

BATON ROUGE – Critically acclaimed trombonist, composer, conductor and arranger Wycliffe Gordon will perform at the LSU School of Music’s Jazz Showcase, scheduled for Monday, March 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the LSU Union Theater.


A veteran of the Wynton Marsalis Septet and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Gordon has been named Trombonist of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association eight times since 2001, and was hailed as Downbeat magazine’s Trombonist of the Year for the second consecutive year in 2013.


The evening of music showcases the LSU School of Music’s jazz area and features the LSU Jazz Ensemble and several other jazz bands performing on a single night.


The spring 2014 Jazz Showcase will feature Gordon performing with the Jazz Ensemble. The ensemble will be directed by Brian Shaw, a member of the LSU jazz faculty.


In recent years the jazz program has featured guest artists including Rufus Reid, a jazz bassist and composer, in concerts that included original works premiered at LSU.
Gordon has shared the stage and recording studio with jazz greats and has appeared on more than 20 CD recordings. He has garnered critical praise as he built a career as performer, educator, composer and arranger.


“Wycliffe Gordon is a one-man show unto himself,” the Wall Street Journal wrote in a Nov.28, 2013, preview of an upcoming show. “A virtuosic brassman with a huge capacity for musical history, Mr. Gordon would seem to be going through the great years of jazz alphabetically with a show that encompasses Duke (Ellington), Dizzy (Gillespie) and the Dorseys (Jimmy Dorsey and one of Mr. Gordon’s trombonist role models, Tommy Dorsey).


Gordon’s performance in New Orleans during the Satchmo Summerfest in August 2013 was hailed in Jazz Times magazine by writer Mick Carlton.


“This year, Wycliffe Gordon held court, not only blowing one of the finest trombones ever, but also a deeply swinging, soulful trumpet combined with some might spicy singing,” Carlton wrote. “The set was exciting, stinging and spiritually moving.”


A featured soloist in Ken Burns’ 10-part documentary, “Jazz,” Gordon has appeared on television, radio and film, and maintains a busy performance schedule around the country and abroad. In 2014, he will be on stage at the Jazz Aspen Snowmass in Aspen, Colo.; the Louis Armstrong Legacy Project in Chicago; the National Jazz Workshop in Winchester, Va.; performing in July with LSU Alumnus Graham Breedlove; and with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in November.


A native of Waynesboro, Ga., Gordon was introduced to music by his late father Lucius Gordon – a classical pianist and teacher – and discovered the trombone at age 12 when an older brother began to play the instrument. Gordon is on the faculty member of the Jazz Arts Program at the Manhattan School of Music and has written numerous trombone method books. For more information on Gordon, visit


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Contact Ronette King Boshea
LSU School of Music


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Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014