Powerhouse Improv

Wycliffe Gordon

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Improvisation in the Pandemic

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

4:00-5:30 pm


High School Students

Wycliffe Gordon will share ways to use the concept of improvisation to adapt to the making and sharing of music during this time. He will expound on the concepts from “Sing It First” to show how practical application of improvisation techniques can prepare us for any challenge we may be presented with, pandemic and otherwise.

A musician, composer, conductor and arranger, Yamaha Performing Artist Wycliffe Gordon is one of the top trombonists of his generation. Jazz Journalists Association named him “Trombonist of the Year” in 2016-2020, 2011-13, 2006-08 and 2001-02. He received Downbeat magazine’s “Best Trombone” award 2018, 2016 and 2012-14. His recordings include 21 solo CDs and eight co-leader CDs. “Jazz a la Carte” was named one of the five best moments in jazz by the Wall Street Journal. His extensive commissioned works include “Still, We Rise: He Heard My Cry” and “A Soldier’s Heart.” 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. He is Director of Jazz Studies at Augusta University.

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