Well it’s official. Once again Wycliffe has been named “Best in Trombone” by the Downbeat Critics Poll for his contributions to jazz in 2014. In addition, they have also bestowed upon him the “Rising Star” award for best in miscellaneous instrument–Tuba! Wycliffe is best known as a trombonist, but he is also quite accomplished on Tuba as well as the Trumpet and Soprano Trombone, both of which he plays regularly in concert performances. For more information on all of the 2014 winners, click here.
Soon to be released is a Big Band recording featuring the big band charts of Wycliffe Gordon! This project has been in the making for a while and we are excited to be nearing completion. Recorded last fall with the DiMartino-Osland Jazz Orchestra (DOJO) in Lexington, KY, this CD will feature original compositions and arrangements by Wycliffe. The CD highlights Wycliffe on trombone, trumpet, tuba and vocals and features trumpeter Vince DiMartino and saxophonist Miles Osland.
Wycliffe reunites with pianist Eric Reed for three performances in Europe this week. Not having performed together as a duo in years, they will come together to perform in Spain, France and Switzerland selecting music from their previous recordings WE and WE2.
The month of March is a busy one if you are Wycliffe Gordon–19 days of the 31 are spent on the road performing with other great jazz artists, high school jazz bands, professional jazz orchestras, and giving masterclasses and working with jazz musicians of all ages and levels. Perhaps the highlight of this month is performing with pop artist Aaron Neville at the Cobb Energy Center in Atlanta on March 27 in a “New Orleans” themed program, as well as returning to Savannah for Swing Central Jazz–something Wycliffe has been a part of since it’s inception.
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola ended the year on a high note with an unprecedented residency by the legendary Wynton Marsalis Septet from December 26 – 31, including two special performances on New Year’s Eve.
Led by nine-time GRAMMY® Award and Pulitzer Prize winner Wynton Marsalis, the Wynton Marsalis Septet featured pianist Eric Reed, saxophonist & clarinetist Victor Goines, saxophonist Wessell “Warmdaddy” Anderson, trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, drummer Herlin Riley, and bassist Reginald Veal.