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Gordon, Wycliffe

Gordon, Wycliffe, trombone, tuba, vocals, composer (b. Waynesboro, Georgia, May 29, 1967). An 11-year veteran of the Wynton Marsalis Septet and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Wycliffe Gordon is a talented musician who is equally comfortable playing trombone or tuba. Primarily inspired by Louis Armstrong, Mahalia Jackson and J.J. Johnson, Gordon began playing trombone when he was 12, and received his first major exposure to jazz when an aunt bequeathed her jazz record collection to Gordon's family. He has led or co-led twenty CDs, including Boss Bones and You and I. He was commissioned to compose a score for the 1925 Paul Robeson silent film Body and Soul which was premiered in 2000 with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, and released on DVD in 2008. He teaches at the Manhattan School of Music and does extensive educational outreach to elementary and high school students. He taught a master class with Joseph Alessi of the New York Philharmonic entitled Two Sides of the Slide for Jazz At Lincoln Center and has made several appearances on film and television with Marsalis and his groups. His website is www.wycliffegordon.com

Contributor: Thomas Cunniffe