April 12, 2011

Wycliffe Gordon, Voices of Praise Team Up for the Gospel According to Jazz

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre will be swingin’ this weekend as renowned jazz trombonist Wycliffe Gordon takes the stage for an evening of gospel music. Gordon will team up with Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and Rochester’s own Voices of Praise for two electrifying concerts, April 15 and 16 at 8:00 pm.

One of the nation’s foremost jazz musicians, Wycliffe Gordon has received numerous accolades, including the Jazz Journalists Association Award for Trombonist of the Year. Gordon is a former member of two premiere jazz ensembles—the Wynton Marsalis Septet and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra—and has performed with jazz legends past and present, including Dizzy Gillespie and Lionel Hampton. Use this link to see a video of Wycliffe performing.

In addition to being an acclaimed musician, Gordon is also an accomplished composer and arranger, and will play several of his own compositions. The program will also include jazz and gospel standards such as Mood Indigo, Basin Street Blues, Down By the Riverside, O Happy Day, and a special performance of There Will Never Be Another You, featuring Gordon and the RPO trombone section. Click here for an audio preview.

Gordon will be joined by Rochester-based gospel choir Voices of Praise, under the direction of Julius Dicks. VOP sings at the Baber A.M.E. Church, and also participates in community events, including the Memorial Art Gallery’s 2010 Fashion Show.

Tickets start at $15 and can be purchased by calling 454-2100, or by clicking here. Select seats will be “Pay What You Can” with a suggested minimum donation of $5, sponsored by Eastman Kodak Co. These tickets will be available the night of the show, at the door.

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