Award-winning trombonist Wycliffe Gordon will perform with the Friends Jazz Ensembles on Monday. Here's what you need to know about the musician:
1) Gordon has been voted trombonist of the year the past three years by the Jazz Journalists Association. He's a former member of the Wynton Marsalis Septet and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.
2) In addition to a thriving solo career, he tours regularly leading the Wycliffe Gordon Quartet and headlining at jazz venues throughout the world. He's performed with many of the most renowned jazz performers of the past and present.
3) He's also a composer and arranger. He was commissioned to compose a new score for the 1925 classic silent film "Body and Soul," which was released on DVD in 2008, and he wrote a musical tribute to Muhammad Ali called "I Saw the Light," released on DVD this year.
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4) Gordon has recorded 13 solo CDs, and shared lead billing on seven more. His latest recordings, "Boss Bones" and "You and I," were released in 2008. He is now traveling the world in the midst of an extensive solo tour.
His concert is at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Sebits Auditorium, Riney Fine Arts Center, Friends University. Tickets are $8, discounts available. For more information, call 316-295-5537.