Wycliffe Gordon, trombone

Wycliffe is one of the nation’s foremost music educators having held positions at Juilliard School of Music, Michigan State University, Manhattan School of Music in the Jazz Arts Program and he currently is Artist in Residence at Georgia Regents University in Augusta, GA.

Gordon is regularly featured as guest faculty, teacher, clinician and conductor for All-State festivals, band clinics, the Louis Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp, the Int’l Trumpet Guild, the Int’l Trombone Festival and countless other high school and university programs and guest appearances.  He is also the Artist in Residence for the third year now with the Louis Armstrong Legacy Project in Chicago.

Wycliffe’s unique approach is based on the premise that if you can sing something then you can play it or train yourself to play it. This idea is geared toward trombonists, but the concept applies to all instrumentalists, wind, percussion, strings, etc. When you are able to sing rhythmically, melodically, and harmonically through a given exercise, etude, excerpt, or chord progression, this means you have “internalized” the music you are attempting to make and this is the best place to start.

A gifted trombonist, conductor, composer and arranger, world-renowned musician Wycliffe grew up in Waynesboro, Georgia in the United States.

He was musically influenced at a young age by his father, Lucius Gordon, a classical pianist and teacher. His musical prowess has been captured on numerous recordings, including thirteen solo albums with the Wycliffe Gordon Quartet and seven co-leader albums.

With a popular following and a loyal following, Wycliffe has won scores of awards, including the Trombonist of the Year Award from the Jazz Journalists Association, which he has won five times. He 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. Wycliffe’s extensive performance experience includes work with many of the most renowned jazz performers of the past and present.

Gordon is rapidly becoming 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. 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. Wycliffe is widely respected for his powerful sound, distinctive techniques and funky performance style, all factors which make him one of the world’s most popular trombonists.