Jazz great Wycliffe Gordon, hailed as “Best of Trombone” by Downbeat Critics Poll for three years running, will step in to headline the opening night of the North Star Festival alongside Michael Bublé’s lead trumpeter Jumaane Smith on Friday, October 2, 2015 at 8pm at St. Mark’s Anglican Church in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Wycliffe Gordon replaces Joe Sealy who, due to illness, is unable to perform.
Musical ambassador and interpreter of America’s music, Wycliffe Gordon experiences an impressive career touring the world performing hard-swinging, straight-ahead jazz receiving great acclaim from audiences and critics alike. His unmatched modern mastery of the plunger mute and his exceptional technique and signature sound, has solidified Gordon a place in musical history known as one of the top trombonists of his generation. The Critics seem to agree. Wycliffe was named “Best in Trombone” by the Downbeat Critics Poll three years running now (2014, 2013 & 2012) 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.
Gordon is a former veteran 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. Gordonʼs extensive performance experience includes work with many of the most renowned jazz performers of the past and present - Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Tommy Flanagan, and many more. His “Jazz a la Carte” show, which debuted at the Apollo Theater, was named one of the “top five best moments in jazz” for the year 2011 by The Wall Street Journal.