Musical ambassador and interpreter of America’s music, Wycliffe Gordon has toured the world performing hard-swinging, straight-ahead jazz to great acclaim. His unmatched mastery of the plunger mute and exceptional technique and signature sound have secured his place as one of the top trombonists of his generation. Named “Trombonist of the Year” in 2001, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2011 by the Jazz Journalists Association, Gordon is a recipient of the ASCAP Foundation Vanguard Award, among others.
In addition to his solo career, Gordon tours regularly with the Wycliffe Gordon Quartet, headlining at legendary jazz venues and performing arts centers throughout the world. 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. Gordon’s extensive performance experience includes work with many of the most renowned jazz performers of the past and present.
Gordon’s recordings include fourteen solo CDs and seven co-leader CDs. Frequently commissioned by jazz groups as a composer and arranger, he has an extensive songbook of original compositions and is performed throughout the world by musicians and ensembles of every caliber.
A member of the Jazz Arts faculty at Manhattan School of Music, Gordon is one of America’s most persuasive and committed music educators. He was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2006 from the University of Scranton for his dedication to the field. His extensive work with young musicians and audiences from elementary schools to universities all over the world includes master classes, clinics, workshops, children’s concerts, and lectures—powerful evidence of his ability to relate musically to people of all ages. Wycliffe Gordon is a Yamaha artist.