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KU Presents Wycliffe Gordon

New Orleans comes to KU Presents! with a Louis Armstrong tribute

Wycliffe Gordon

KUTZTOWN, PA - KU Presents! celebrates New Orleans, Mardi Gras, and the artistry of Satchmo with Wycliffe Gordon and his quintet at Ursa Minor's Café in the Student Union on Feb. 23, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.  Gordon is a veteran trombonist of the Wynton Marsalis Septet and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, is regarded as "easily one of the best of his generation."(John Murph, JazzTimes).

His huge brass sound and Louis-like vocals have also been heard with Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Tommy Flanagan, Shirley Horn, Joe Henderson, Eric Reed, Randy Sandke, Branford Marsalis, and has been a featured guest artist on Billy Taylor's "Jazz at The Kennedy Center" Series.  His concert called "Hello Pops" will showcase him on trombone, trumpet and vocals alongside his celebrated ensemble and featuring members of the KU Jazz band.

Gordon released an album by the same name in November, 2011.  The Jazz Journalists Association have honored Wycliffe Gordon with the "Trombonist of the Year" Award for 6 years including 2011 for his talent and contributions as a jazz musician within the field.   He began on the trombone when he was 12.  While attending a workshop given by Wynton Marsalis, he eventually invited Wycliffe to join his septet, touring world-wide.  Gordon's television appearances have included the Grammy Awards, the PBS special documentary "Swingin' with the Duke," and two Live from Lincoln Center broadcasts with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra - "Uptown Blues, Ellington at 100" (a collaboration with the New York Philharmonic) and "Big Train." Gordon also appeared in Ken Burns's documentary "Jazz." Other television appearances include "A Carnegie Hall Christmas Concert" and "Live from Lincoln Center: The Juilliard School at 100 Years."  Gordon is featured in BET's 13-part series "Journey with Jazz at Lincoln Center" and was guest artist and commentator in NPR affiliate WVIA's special program on Tommy Dorsey.  Gordon also appeared with the Wynton Marsalis Septet in the feature film "Tune In Tomorrow" starring Peter Falk and Barbara Hershey.

"Hello Pops, A Tribute to Louis Armstrong" with Wycliffe Gordon and friends

Featuring the KU Jazz Band.
Thursday, February 23 at 7:30 p.m. in McFarland Student Union Multipurpose Room.
Performing Artists Series at Ursa Minor's Café
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets: $20, $10 (non-KU students), $5 (KU students)
Tickets may be purchased:

  • online 24/7 (
  • at the Schaeffer Auditorium Box Office (11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday)
  • by phone 610-683-4092

The Performing Artists Series at Ursa Minor's Café in underwritten in part by the Reading Eagle and WEEU 830 AM.
$10 youth tickets are sponsored in part of WMFZ Channel 69.