Jazz Festival to feature trombonist Wycliffe Gordon

January 12, 2012

Peoria, IL (January 12, 2012) The Eighth Annual Bradley University Jazz Festival will take place on Tuesday, February 21, in the Michel Student Center, located at 915 N. Elmwood.

The festival will feature fourteen high school bands, guest artist Wycliffe Gordon, and clinicians Mary Jo Papich, Andrew Goodrich, and Larry Harms. The Bradley Jazz Festival is sponsored by Yamaha of America and Kidder Music.

The high school bands will perform throughout the day, starting at 8:00 a.m. Those performances are open to the public.

The evening concert will feature the Bradley Jazz Lab Band and Jazz Ensemble with Wycliffe Gordon at 7:30 p.m. in the Michel Student Center ballroom. Tickets for the evening concert are $15 for adults and $10 for students. For more information, call the Bradley Cultural Events Box Office at 677-2650.

Musical ambassador and interpreter of America’s music, Wycliffe Gordon has had an impressive career touring the world performing hard-swinging, straight-ahead jazz receiving great acclaim from audiences and critics alike. Jazz Journalists Association named him “Trombonist of the Year” in 2001, 2001, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2011, and he is a past recipient of the ASCAP Foundation Vanguard Award, among others. Gordon tours regularly leading the Wycliffe Gordon Quartet, headlining at legendary jazz venues and performing arts centers throughout the world. He is a former 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. He also is a gifted composer and arranger.

Gordon serves on the faculty of the Jazz Arts Program at Manhattan School of Music. He was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2006 from the University of Scranton, for his tireless dedication to the field.

The Bradley Jazz Ensemble, under the leadership of Dr. Todd Kelly, is the most visible ensemble in the Bradley Jazz program. In past years, they have performed at the Illinois Collegiate Jazz Festival and the Elmhurst College Jazz Festival, as well as three European tours. They have brought many world renowned jazz clinicians and soloists to the Bradley campus, including Mike Lee, The Mike Vax Big Band, Matt   Wilson, Rachael Lee, Allen Vizzutti, Ron Jones, Tom Garling, Byron Stripling, Chris Vadala, the Jeff Hamilton Trio, Wayne Bergeron, Denis DiBlasio, Kathy Kosins, Michael Davis, and Allen Vizzutti. Each spring, the Bradley Jazz Festival is held on Bradley’s campus. In the summer of 2012, the band will travel to Italy, where they will perform in Siena, Cinque Terre, Vertibo, and Rome.