November 25th, 2013
Trombonist of the Year, Wycliffe Gordon will be joining JazzFest Jazz Camp in 2014. Gordon, who can play 22 additional instruments, has an extraordinary career as a performer, conductor, composer, arranger, and educator. He is one of America’s most persuasive and committed music educators.
“Wycliffe Gordon is an amazing addition to our stellar list of guest artists for the JazzFest Jazz Camp—his expertise as a performer, recording artist and educator will make him a fantastic addition to our already superb camp in July 2014.” said Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues Executive Director Robert Joyce.
JazzFest Jazz Camp 2014 will be July 15-19 and will take place on Augustana College Campus. At camp, students will learn from incredible instructors and guest artist Wycliffe Gordon through a variety of offerings. Camp class offerings include Jazz improvisation, Jazz Theory, History of Jazz, Combo Rehearsal, Big Band Rehearsal, Lessons, Concerts, Master Classes, evening concerts with faculty, guests, and students.
A huge highlight at camp is performing on stage at JazzFest! The top camp band will perform on the Main Stage at JazzFest with Wycliffe Gordon. JazzFest is the biggest jazz and blues festival in the upper Midwest! Featuring past performances by Joe Walsh, Sheryl Crow, the Neville Brothers, Dr. John, Little Feat, Buddy Guy, Jonny Lang, North Mississippi Allstars, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Bettye LaVette, Tower of Power, Taj Mahal, Mavis Staples, and many, many more.
Eligibility: All incoming 7th through completed 12th grade musicians may apply for submission. Applications and more information about camp can be found online HERE
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About Wycliffe Gordon:
Musical ambassador and interpreter of America’s music, Wycliffe Gordon experiences an impressive career touring the world performing hard-swinging, straight-ahead jazz receiving great acclaim from audiences and critics alike. His unmatched modern mastery of the plunger mute and his exceptional technique and signature sound, has solidified Gordon a place in musical history known as one of the top trombonists of his generation.
Gordon 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. Gordonʼs extensive performance experience includes work with many of the most renowned jazz performers of the past and present. His “Jazz a la Carte” show, which debuted at the Apollo Theater, was named one of the “top five best moments in jazz” for the year 2011 by The Wall Street Journal.
Wycliffe Gordon has been named “Trombonist of the Year” by the Jazz Journalists Association nine times since 2000. Gordon, who can play 22 additional instruments, continues to have an extraordinary career as a performer, conductor, composer, arranger, and educator. He is one of America’s most persuasive and committed music educators, and currently serves on the faculty of the Jazz Arts Program at Manhattan School of Music. 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 – powerful evidence of his unique ability to relate musically to people of all ages.