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Wycliffe Gordon, Trombonist
As a musical ambassador and interpreter of American music, Wycliffe Gordon has had a stellar career touring the world performing hard-swinging, straight-ahead jazz. His modern mastery of the plunger mute and exceptional technique and signature sound has solidified Gordon as one of the top trombonists of his generation. The Jazz Journalists Association named him “Trombonist of the Year” again in 2011; he received the same honor on five other occasions.
In addition to a successful solo career, Gordon tours regularly, leading the Wycliffe Gordon Quartet, headlining at legendary jazz venues and performing arts centers throughout the world. He’s an alumnus of the Wynton Marsalis Septet, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and was a featured guest artist on Billy Taylor's "Jazz at the Kennedy Center" series.