Wycliffe Gordon’s hard-swinging, straight-ahead jazz and signature sound has earned him recognition as “Best in Trombone” by the 2012-2014 DownBeat Critics Poll and “Trombonist of the Year” by Jazz Journalists Association in 2001-2002, 2006-2008, and 2011-2013. A former member of the Wynton Marsalis Septet and Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Gordon tours regularly as a soloist and leads the Wycliffe Gordon Quartet, headlining at legendary jazz venues and performing arts centers.
Gordon has been featured on the Kennedy Center Jazz series. His Jazz a la Carte show at the Apollo Theater was among The Wall Street Journal’s 2011’s “top five best moments in jazz.”
Wycliffe Gordon’s recordings include 16 solo albums and seven co-leader albums including Hello Pops, A Tribute to Louis Armstrong, and Dreams of New Orleans that pay homage to his musical hero; and The Intimate Ellington: Ballads and Blues showcased Gordon’s knowledge of collaborators Duke Ellington’s and Billy Strayhorn’s techniques.
A composer and arranger of jazz and chamber music, Gordon is frequently commissioned by jazz groups and organizations. His arrangement of NPR’s All Things Considered theme is heard daily worldwide. His original music, lead sheets, and big band charts are available on his website.
In Fall 2014, Gordon became artist-in-residence at Georgia Regents University, teaching and developing a jazz studies program. He serves on the faculty of Manhattan School of Music’s Jazz Arts Program.