A musician, composer, conductor and arranger, Yamaha Performing Artist Wycliffe Gordon is one of the top trombonists of his generation. He received the International Trombone Association ITA Award in 2017, recognizing the highest level of creative and artistic output in performance, composition, arranging, teaching, conducting, research and/or service.
Jazz Journalists Association named him “Trombonist of the Year” in 2018-16, 2011-13, 2006-08 and 2001-02. He received the ASCAP Plus Award in 2016 and 2015 for his contributions as a composer. He was named “Best in Trombone” by the Downbeat Critics Poll in 2018, 2016 and 2012-14. In 2007, he received the ASCAP Foundation Vanguard Award for his innovative musical activity as a composer, instrumentalist, performer and educator in the field of jazz.
Gordonʼs musical expertise has been captured on numerous recordings, including 21 solo CDs and eight co-leader CDs. His arrangement of the theme song to NPR’s “All Things Considered” is heard daily across the globe. 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 is a persuasive and committed music educator; 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. He has been named a visiting Artist in Jazz Studies at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University of the 2018-19 academic year. He will conduct lessons and master classes with Peabody students during his fall and spring semester residencies on campus. Since 2014, he has been an Artist-In-Residence at Augusta University. He was Professor of Jazz Arts at Manhattan School of Music from 2009-15 and Professor of Jazz Studies at The Juilliard School from 2002-08.
His unmatched modern mastery of the plunger mute and his exceptional technique and signature sound, has solidified Gordon a place in musical history. He has his own line of Wycliffe Gordon Pro Signature Mouthpieces by Pickett Brass.