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Legendary trombonist to perform at Alderson-Broaddus

April 5, 2012
The Inter-Mountain

The Alderson-Broaddus College Jazz Ensemble has announced a spring concert featuring legendary trombonist Wycliffe Gordon at 7:30 p.m. April 12 in Wilcox Chapel on A-B's campus.

Gordon will perform as a soloist with the Jazz Ensemble. Most of the tunes are from his latest album "Hello Pops," a tribute to Louis Armstrong, with a few others. There is an admission charge.

As a musical ambassador and interpreter of America's music, Gordon has experienced an impressive career. He has toured the world performing hard-swinging, straight-ahead jazz, and he's received great acclaim from audiences and critics alike.

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His unmatched modern mastery of the plunger mute and his exceptional technique and signature sound has solidified Gordon a place in musical history known as one of the top trombonists of his generation. Jazz Journalists Association named him "Trombonist of the Year" in 2001, 2001, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2011, and 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.

His extensive performance experience includes work with many of the most renowned jazz performers of the past and present.

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If you go

What:?Spring concert featuring legendary trombonist Wycliffe Gordon

When: 7:30 p.m. April 12

Where: Wilcox Chapel at Alderson-Broaddus College

Information: 304-457-6200

Gordon's recordings are a model of consistency and inspiration, and his musical expertise has been captured on numerous recordings, including 14 solo CDs and seven co-leader CDs.

He is also a gifted composer and arranger. He is commissioned frequently by renowned jazz groups and organizations and has an extensive songbook of original compositions that span the various timbres of jazz music. His music is performed throughout the world by musicians and ensembles of every caliber.

Gordon is one of America's most persuasive and committed music educators, and currently serves on the faculty of the Jazz Arts Program at Manhattan School of Music. He was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2006 from the University of Scranton, for his tireless dedication to the field. His work with young musicians and audiences from elementary schools to universities all over the world is extensive, and includes master classes, clinics, workshops, children's concerts and lectures.

Additional information is available at, and more information on the concert is available by calling 304-457-6200.



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