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Jazzschool Studio Bands feat. special guest trombonist Wycliffe Gordon
June 03, 2013
Keith Johnson, DirectorOpening performance by the Jazzschool’s Middle School Honor Big Band under the direction of Dave Gregoric.
Monday, June 3
7pm $20 advance / $25 day of show
About the Jazzschool Studio Bands Now in their seventh season, the award-winning Jazzschool Studio Bands are two of the Bay Area’s premiere high school jazz ensembles. The groups feature some of the finest up-and-coming young jazz musicians from around the San Francisco Bay Area and have established themselves as two of the Bay Area’s finest ensembles of their kind. The bands have received several awards and recognition for their exciting programming, detailed interpretation and energetic performances. Studio Band alumni are now attending some of the nation’s top universities and music schools such as Manhattan School of Music, Berklee College of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, the New School, University of Miami, NYU, USC, and UCLA among several others.
In addition to performances throughout the Bay Area at esteemed jazz clubs such as Yoshi’s Oakland the Jazzschool Studio Bands have traveled and performed in venues throughout the United States and abroad. The bands have performed in New York, Seattle, Idaho, Italy, France, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Germany, and Canada and have performed at many of the world’s top jazz festivals including at the Monterey Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, Jazz á Vienne, Umbria Jazz Festival, and Victoria Jazz Festival as well as venues and music festivals across North America and Europe.
The Monday Night Studio Band has been the recipient of four DownBeat Magazine national awards; in 2010, 2012, and 2013 for “Outstanding Performance” and in 2011, winning “Outstanding Large Jazz Ensemble” in the High School Arts category. The Monday Night Studio Band has also taken 1st place at the Next Generation Festival (presented by the Monterey Jazz Festival) in 2009, 2010, and 2011 and also placed 2nd in 2008 and 2012. The Thursday Night Studio Band has also been selected as one of six finalists for this festival and has placed 3rd two out of the last four years attended.
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. The Critics seem to agree. Wycliffe has been named “Best in Trombone” by the Downbeat Critics Poll for 2012 and Jazz Journalists Association named him “Trombonist of the Year” again this year in 2012 as well as previous years 2001, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2011. He is a past recipient of the ASCAP Foundation Vanguard Award, among others.
In addition to an extremely successful solo career, Gordon tours regularly leading the Wycliffe Gordon Quartet, headlining at legendary jazz venues and performing arts centers throughout the world. 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 last year, was named one of the “top five best moments in jazz” for the year 2011 by The Wall Street Journal.
Gordonʼs recordings are a model of consistency and inspiration, and his musical expertise has been captured on numerous recordings, including fifteen solo CDs and seven co-leader CDs. His most recent releases, “Hello Pops, A Tribute to Louis Armstrong” and “Dreams of New Orleans” continue to receive rave reviews and both albums pay homage to Wycliffe’s musical hero. Wycliffe Gordon is also a gifted composer and arranger. He is commissioned frequently by renowned jazz groups and organizations, and has an extensive songbook of original compositions that span the various timbres of jazz music. Musicians and ensembles of every caliber perform his music throughout the world and his arrangement of the theme song to NPR’s “All Things Considered” is heard daily across the globe.
Gordon is one of Americaʼs most persuasive and committed music educators, and currently serves on the faculty of the Jazz Arts Program at Manhattan School of Music. His songbook “This Rhythm On My Mind with accompanying CD was recently released and “Sing It First”— Wycliffe’s own unique approach to playing the instrument, was released in 2011. He was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2006 from the University of Scranton, for his tireless dedication to the field. 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.