JAZZMOBILE PRESENTS – WINTERFEST @ MINTON’S – WYCLIFFE GORDON
206 West 118th Street
206 West 118th Street
btw ACP, Jr. Blvd. & St. Nicholas Ave.
FRI, DEC 13 | 2 SETS: 7:30 pm | 9:30 pm
$20 COVER | $10 FOOD/ DRINK MINIMUM
HAPPY HOUR 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Renowned Musician, Composer, Conductor, Arranger
- Veteran member of the Wynton Marsalis Septet, 1989-1995
- Original member of Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, 1995-2000
- Featured guest artist on Billy Taylor’s “Jazz at the Kennedy Center” Series
- Arrangement of the theme song to NPR’s “All Things Considered” is heard daily across the globe.
- His show “Jazz a la Carte” was named one of the five best moments in jazz by the Wall Street Journal.
- Performance experience includes work with David Sanborn, Wynton Marsalis, Paul Simon, Natalie Merchant, Rene Marie, Dianne Reeves, Anat Cohen, Ricky Skaggs, Arturo Sandoval, Doc Severinsen, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Tommy Flanagan, Shirley Horn, Joe Henderson, Eric Reed, Randy Sandke and Branford Marsalis, to name a few.
- Compositions performed by the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Wycliffe Gordon and Friends, the Brass Band of Battle Creek and numerous other ensembles, and performed in programs throughout the U.S. and abroad.
- Wycliffe Gordon is a Yamaha Performing Artist and has his own line of Wycliffe Gordon Pro Signature Mouthpieces by Pickett Brass.
- “Still, We Rise: He Heard My Cry.” Commissioned by the Gailliard Center in Charleston, SC to honor the ongoing preservation and recognition of the “Slave Dwelling Project” a joint effort with the Historic Charleston Foundation, to bring attention to the enslaved people of these dwellings and how they lived and prospered behind the “big houses.” Premiered Jan. 13, 2019 Charleston, SC at the Gailliard Center.
- “A Soldier’s Heart.” Commissioned by the Savannah Children’s Choir to commemorate D day in Normandy, France. The lyrics were written by Roger Moss and are based on a quote from General Marshall on D Day with reference to the 320 Barrage Balloon Battalion. Premiered April 29, 2018 at the Yamacraw Center for the Performing Arts in Savannah, GA and again on June 6, 2018 at the American Cemetery in Coleville-Sur-Mer, Normandy, France.
- “Celebration Suite: I, II and III.” Commissioned by the U.S. Embassy for the 70thanniversary of U.S.-Sri Lankan relations.The work is representative of the historical and positive relationship between the United States and Sri Lanka since the recognition of Ceylon (now known as Sri Lanka) by President Harry S. Truman, and has elements representative of Sri Lankan culture, music and dance. Premiered during a US State Dept. Tour by Wycliffe Gordon February 2018.
- “Within Our Gates”: Jazzmobile commissioned Wycliffe to compose a new score for a silent film by Oscar Micheaux to include a full jazz orchestra and vocalists. It debuted August 2011 at the Miller Theater and was performed a second time at Symphony Space April 2013. Premiered in Georgia at the Savannah Music Festival in 2016.
- “Hancher Shall Forever Be”: Commissioned by University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium to compose a dedication piece for the reopening of Hancher Auditorium. Premiered the work with the Iowa Symphony and Choir in 2016.
- “Apollo: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow”: The world famous Apollo Theatre celebrated 75 years of existence by commissioning Wycliffe Gordon as the musical director and composer to present a new work that premiered May 2011.
- “Beyond the Blackberry Patch”: The city of Columbus, Ohio commissioned Wycliffe to compose a work about the story of this prominent neighborhood and its story through performance that involved grade school students and members of the community. Premiered March 2012.
- Vibrant new score for the 1925 classic silent film “Body and Soul” (notable as the screen debut of Paul Robeson – premiered at the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra’s 2000-01 season opening night performance at Avery Fisher Hall; released on DVD in 2008.
- “I Saw the Light,” a musical tribute to Muhammad Ali – premiered by the Brass Band of Battle Creek in March 2004.