We are thrilled to welcome Trombonist of the Year (Jazz Journalists Association 2016) Wycliffe Gordon and his International All-Stars to Caramoor. Gordon, a former member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the Wynton Marsalis Septet, has built an impressive career touring the world performing hard-swinging, straight-ahead jazz. His unmatched modern mastery of the plunger mute, his exceptional technique, and his signature sound have solidified his place in musical history.
Musical ambassador and interpreter of America’s music, Wycliffe Gordon experiences an impressive career touring the world performing hard-swinging, straight-ahead jazz receiving great acclaim from audiences and critics alike.
DownBeat Critics Poll named Wycliffe “Best Trombone” for four years, (2016, 2014, 2013 & 2012), and Jazz Journalists Association named him “Trombonist of the Year” in 2016, as well as eight times previously. In 2015, Wycliffe was presented the Satchmo award from the Sarasota Jazz Club, received the Louis Armstrong Memorial Prize presented by the Swing Jazz Culture Foundation, and was named Artist of the Year (2015) by the Augusta Arts Council. He is also a past recipient of the ASCAP Foundation Vanguard Award, among others.
In addition to an extremely successful solo career, Gordon tours regularly leading his quintet known as Wycliffe Gordon and His International All-Stars, headlining at legendary jazz venues and performing arts centers throughout the world. He released I Give You Love – a follow up album to his very popular Hello Pops: A Tribute to Louis Armstrong cd with this band last year. Gordon performed a week-long celebration at Dizzy’s Coca-Cola club at Jazz at Lincoln Center and a year-end performance with Pensacola Symphony for a New Year’s Eve bash.
In addition to performing, composing and recording, Gordon is one of Americaʼs most persuasive and committed music educators, and serves as Artist-in-Residence at Augusta University in Augusta, GA. Last season he returned for a residency at Columbia College in Chicago, and continued as Music Director for the LALPC (Louis Armstrong Legacy Project). This year, he returns to the James Morrison Academy in Australia and to Centrum and Vail music camps, just to name a few.
Wycliffe Gordon is a Yamaha Performing Artist and has his own line of Wycliffe Gordon Pro Signature Mouthpieces by Pickett Brass. His musical compositions including works for trombone ensemble and big band are available for purchase on his website.