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Wycliffe Releases “Somebody New” Big Band CD!

Wycliffe’s first Big Band recording featuring many of his big band charts is now available! This project has been in the making for a while and we are excited to share it with you.  Recorded last fall with the DiMartino-Osland Jazz Orchestra (DOJO) in Lexington, KY, this CD features original compositions and arrangements by Wycliffe. The CD highlights Wycliffe on trombone, trumpet, tuba and vocals and features trumpeter Vince DiMartino and saxophonist Miles Osland. 
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Wycliffe receives ASCAP Plus Award


 Wycliffe is the recipient of an ASCAP Plus Award for 2015.  This award recognizes applicants for their musical endeavors and writing skills.

Wycliffe Gordon makes cover of Downbeat magazine!

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Wycliffe graces the cover of the October issue of Downbeat magazine with a special look into his music and his love and admiration for ‘Pops’ (Louis Armstrong).  Photos of Wycliffe inside the Louis Armstrong House and Museum are extra special.

Downbeat Critics Poll names Wycliffe “Best Trombone” for the third year in a row!

Well it’s official. Once again Wycliffe has been named “Best in Trombone” by the Downbeat Critics Poll for his contributions to jazz in 2014. In addition, they have also bestowed upon him the “Rising Star” award for best in miscellaneous instrument–Tuba! Wycliffe is best known as a trombonist, but he is also quite accomplished on Tuba as well as the Trumpet and Soprano Trombone, both of which he plays regularly in concert performances. For more information on all of the 2014 winners, click here.

Wycliffe and Eric Reed on mini-tour!

Wycliffe reunites with pianist Eric Reed for three performances in Europe this week. Not having performed together as a duo in years, they will come together to perform in Spain, France and Switzerland selecting music from their previous recordings WE and WE2.

Wycliffe with Aaron Neville and Swing Central Jazz!

The month of March is a busy one if you are Wycliffe Gordon–19 days of the 31 are spent on the road performing with other great jazz artists, high school jazz bands, professional jazz orchestras, and giving masterclasses and working with jazz musicians of all ages and levels.  Perhaps the highlight of this month is performing with pop artist Aaron Neville at the Cobb Energy Center in Atlanta on March 27 in a “New Orleans” themed program, as well as returning to Savannah for Swing Central Jazz–something Wycliffe has been a part of since it’s inception.


Click on link to watch a video of WYCLIFFE discuss Swing Central Jazz

Wynton Marsalis Septet reunited for a successful week at Dizzy’s.


Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola ended the year on a high note with an unprecedented residency by the legendary Wynton Marsalis Septet from December 26 – 31, including two special performances on New Year’s Eve.

Led by nine-time GRAMMY® Award and Pulitzer Prize winner Wynton Marsalis, the Wynton Marsalis Septet featured pianist Eric Reed, saxophonist & clarinetist Victor Goines, saxophonist Wessell “Warmdaddy” Anderson, trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, drummer Herlin Riley, and bassist Reginald Veal.

The Wall Street Journal Review-November 28, 2013


November 28, 2013, 9:06pm

Wycliffe from Wall Street Journal

Wycliffe Gordon & Friends: ‘The Music of Duke, Dizzy, & the Dorseys’
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola Broadway at 60th Street, fifth Floor, (212) 258-9595.  Through Sunday

Let’s face it: as a holiday, Thanksgiving is the neglected middle child and weak sister of its much more virile siblings, Halloween and Christmas. Yet there’s one musician who can transform this underperforming holiday—as well as the weekend that follows—into a joyful celebration to compete with its alpha male brothers. Trombonist, vocalist and raconteur (who also pleases crowds with cornet and tuba), Wycliffe Gordon is a one-man show unto himself, and when he surrounds himself with an outstanding band, as he almost invariably does, the results are greater still. A virtuosic brassman with a huge capacity for musical history, Mr. Gordon would seem to be going through the great years of jazz  alphabetically, with a show that encompasses Duke (Ellington), Dizzy (Gillespie) and the Dorseys (Jimmy Dorsey and one of Mr. Gordon’s trombonist role models, Tommy Dorsey). This is Mr. Gordon’s second year playing Dizzy’s over this post holiday weekend, and if he’s going to keep up the tradition, music lovers are going to be eagerly awaiting Thanksgiving each year in the same way that kids look forward to Christmas.


Wycliffe graces the cover of ITA Journal.

Wycliffe Gordon performed at this year’s International Trombone Association’s summer festival held in Columbus, GA.  He is featured on the cover of the current quarterly issue of the ITA Journal.

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JazzTimes Article–Wycliffe Gordon: A Man of Many Talents

A recent article written for JazzTimes Magazine by author Mick Carlon.

Where were you on the evening of Friday, August 1, 2013?

Well, unless you climbed into a time machine and traveled to 1922 Chicago to dig Louis Armstrong blowing second cornet at the Lincoln Gardens with King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band, I bet my August 1 beat yours, for I was standing next to George Avakian—creator of the LP, producer of Duke and Pops, and a true gentleman—listening to Wycliffe Gordon and his band play one of the most exaltedly exciting sets of jazz I’ve ever heard. 

 To read the full article click here. 

Wycliffe and Louis

2013 Trombonist of the Year

Wycliffe has been named “Trombonist of the Year” for 2013 by the Jazz Journalists Association once again.  Wycliffe has dominated this award over the past decade, winning it an unprecedented nine times since 2001. Congratulations Wycliffe!

Hello Pops! Now available on Vinyl

Wycliffe releases the very successful “Hello Pops” recording on Vinyl!  With a limited release, all signed and numbered by Wycliffe, this recording sounds great and really pays homage to Wycliffe’s hero Louis Armstrong.  The full-length LP includes all the hits from the CD recording. Order yours today!

The Intimate Ellington: Ballads and Blues released by Criss Cross Jazz

On his eighth Criss Cross leader date, Wycliffe Gordon distills his exhaustive knowledge of the oeuvre of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn on a well crafted, ten-piece program spanning a timeline from 1927 (Creole Love Call) to 1967 (The Intimacy Of The Blues). Throughout the proceedings, which explore a broad array of flavors, Gordon – spurred by a killer rhythm section of pianist Aaron Diehl, bassist Yasushi Nakamura, and drummer Alvin Atkinson – plays with characteristic effervescence and tonal creativity, matched by Adrian Cunningham on saxophones and woodwinds and, on several selections, the soulful violin virtuoso Zach Brock and vocalist Dee Daniels.”


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On the Road Again

Wycliffe’s tour schedule has been busier than ever this year starting in Atlanta as a featured performer at the JEN conference, performing on the Jazz Cruise as Gospel show director, performing concerts in OK, NY, NJ, CA, TX, AZ, UT, LA, WA and Portugal, and completing residencies with Juilliard and the Louis Armstrong Legacy Project in Chicago.  In addition, Wycliffe returned to the Savannah Music Festival (the only artist to have been there every year since it started), he performed his commissioned score for silent film “Within Our Gates” with live jazz orchestra at Symphony Space, premiered “Dizzybirds” (a tribute to Dizzy and Charlie Parker) at Dizzy’s for a week-long run, and he was featured with the Detroit Symphony under the direction of Jeff Tyzik, to name a few.  Visit the tour dates page for more information on upcoming performances.

Recent Projects

Wycliffe’s not only busy touring and performing as a leader, he stays in constant demand as a featured guest artist on many projects with other jazz artists.  He recently completed CDs with renowned clarinetist Anat Cohen on her CD titled “Claroscuro”, with NEA Jazz master Jimmy Owens on The Monk Project; was featured with the Clayton Brothers on their recent release “The Gathering” alongside Stefon Harris, and just wrapped up in the studio with jazz vocalist Rene Marie on her new album available in the fall 2013.