Trombone legend Wycliffe Gordon to perform at 'Jazz Festival Big Band'

January 16, 2015
Wycliffe Gordon

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. —University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s Center for the Arts will present “Wycliffe Gordon with the Festival Big Band” on Friday, Feb. 6, in the Richard and Helen Brodbeck Concert Hall at 7 p.m. as part of the 2014-15 Performing Arts Series.

The festival will include performances by Wycliffe Gordon, known as one of the top trombonists of his generation, as well as clinics and performance competitions for area middle and high school students.

Gordon will perform with UW-Platteville’s College Big Band and Professional Big Band, featuring UW-Platteville faculty, alumni and area jazz performers.

Throughout the day of the festival, area middle and high school jazz ensembles, large and small, will have the opportunity to receive a clinic with UW-Platteville faculty and participate in competitive or non-competitive performances on the Center for the Arts stage. The first place high school band, chosen that day, will be invited to open the evening concert. All participants are encouraged to attend the Wycliffe Gordon master class at 4 p.m. on the CFA stage. An award ceremony will follow.

Participating schools include Platteville High School, Platteville; Solon Middle School and Solon High School, Solon, Wis.; Kettle Moraine High School, Wales, Wis.; Independence High School, Independence, Iowa; Madison East High School, Madison, Wis.; Tomah High School, Tomah, Wis.; Galena High School, Galena, Ill.; and Beloit Memorial High School, Beloit, Wis.

During his career, Gordon has toured the world performing hard swinging jazz, receiving acclaim from audiences and critics. He was named “Best in Trombone” by the Downbeat Critics Poll three years running (2012-14) and Jazz Journalists Association named him “Trombonist of the Year” in 2013, as well as previous years 2001, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2012. He is a past recipient of the ASCAP Foundation Vanguard Award, among others. In addition to a successful solo career, Gordon tours regularly leading the Wycliffe Gordon Quartet, headlining at jazz venues and performing arts centers throughout the world.

Tickets for the event are $20 for general admission, $18 for seniors 62 and over, $10 for children under 18, and $15 for UW-Platteville students with current ID.

Tickets are available through the University Box Office, located in the lower level of Ullsvik Hall. Phone orders can be made by calling toll free at 877-727-1CFA. Tickets are also available through the Online Box Office at

The next performance of the 2014-15 Performing Arts Series is Seven Brides for Seven Brothers on Friday, February 27.

Written by: Laurie Hamer and Connie Spyropoulos, College of Liberal Arts and Education, 608-342-6191,,


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