Texas A&M University-Kingsville

46th Annual Texas A&M University-Kingsville Jazz Festival

Bellamah Music Building, Texas A&M University-Kingsville - 03/22/13 - 03/23/13

Contact: Adriana Garza-Flores
adriana.garza@tamuk.edu or 361-593-4979

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Jazz trombonist Wycliffe Gordon—the Trombonist of the Year as declared by the Jazz Journalists Association— will highlight the Texas A&M University-Kingsville 45th Annual Jazz Festival Friday-Saturday, March 22-23. Gordon will conduct jazz clinics for area middle school and high school students who will participate in the traditional competition during the two-day program.

          A&M-Kingsville jazz ensembles will perform concerts during the festival, including Jazz Bands I, II and II and the Latin Jazz ensemble.  

46th Annual Texas A&M University-Kingsville Jazz Festival Schedule

Friday, March 22

The Jazz Festival kicks off at 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 22 with the Middle School Jazz Band Competition in Jones Auditorium. Admission to the competition is free. At 7 p.m. that evening, A&M-Kingsville Jazz Band III and the Latin Jazz Ensemble will perform a free concert in Jones Auditorium. Awards from the Middle School Jazz Band Competition will be announced at this time.

Saturday, March 23

The second day of the festival begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, March 23 with the High School Jazz Band Competition in Jones Auditorium. A one-hour Jazz Clinic by Gordon will begin at noon in the Recital Hall of the Bellamah Music Building. Admission to both the high school competition and the clinic is free. At 7 p.m. that evening, awards from the high school competition will be announced and Jazz Band II and Jazz Band I with Gordon will perform in Jones Auditorium. Admission to the concert/awards presentation is $7 per person.

About Wycliffe Gordon

          Gordon is considered a musical ambassador and interpreter of America’s music and has toured with world-performing, hard-swinging, straight-ahead jazz. Gordon has been named “Best in Trombone” by the Downbeat Critics Poll for 2012 and the Jazz Journalists Association named him “Trombonist of the Year” in 2012—the seventh time he’s received the honor in 11 years. Gordon is a past recipient of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Foundation Vanguard Award. In addition to his prosperous solo career, Gordon routinely tours with the Wycliffe Gordon Quartet, headlining at legendary jazz venues and arts centers across the globe. Gordon 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 has recorded 14 solo CDs.

            Gordon’s most recent release, “Hello Pops: A Tribute to Louis Armstrong,” has received critical acclaim and pays homage to one of Gordon’s musical heroes. He is a prolific composer and arranger who has an extensive songbook. His music is performed throughout the world by musicians and ensembles of every caliber, including Wynton Marsalis’ latest Christmas album and National Public Radio’s jazz arrangement of “All Things Considered.”

            Additionally, Gordon is a committed music educator and currently serves on the faculty of the Jazz Arts Program at the Manhattan School of Music. He received an honorary doctorate in 2006 from the University of Scranton for his tireless dedication to the field. Gordon is a Yamaha Performing Artist and has his own line of signature mouthpieces by Picket Brass.

            For more information contact the Department of Music at 361-593-2803.


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