Trombonist Wycliffe Gordon Joins the Juilliard Jazz Artist Diploma Ensemble on Tuesday, October 4 at 8 PM in Juilliard's Paul Hall


Evening Features Compositions by Mr. Gordon and Juilliard Jazz Artist Diploma Ensemble Members

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

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Wycliffe Gordon
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Trombonist Wycliffe Gordon joins the Juilliard Jazz Artist Diploma Ensemble for an evening featuring compositions by Mr. Gordon and ensemble members on Tuesday, October 4 at 8 PM in Paul Hall at Juilliard. The Artist Diploma Ensemble comprises Juilliard Jazz’s most advanced musicians and its members are: Matthew Jodrell, trumpet; Michael Thomas, alto saxophone; Robert Haight, tenor saxophone; Christopher Ziemba, piano; John Tate, bass; and Jeremy Noller, drums.

Musical ambassador and interpreter of America’s music, trombonist Wycliffe Gordon experiences an extraordinary career touring the world performing hard-swinging, straight-ahead jazz receiving acclaim from audiences and critics alike. His unmatched modern mastery of the plunger mute and his prodigious technique and signature sound has solidified Mr. Gordon in a place in musical history as one of the top trombonists of his generation. In addition to a successful solo career, Mr. Gordon regularly tours leading the Wycliffe Gordon Quartet, headlining at legendary jazz venues and performing arts centers throughout the world. He is a former veteran member of the Wynton Marsalis Septet and Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. His numerous recordings include thirteen solo CDs and seven CDs as a co-leader. Mr. Gordon is a gifted composer and arranger. A committed music educator, he serves on the faculty of the Jazz Arts Program at Manhattan School of Music.  

FREE tickets will be available beginning September 20 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from 11 AM to 6 PM. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu.

About Juilliard Jazz

Juilliard Jazz at 10 

Juilliard Jazz is one of the newest programs of performance education inaugurated by The Juilliard School. Founded in 2001, Juilliard Jazz offers degrees at bachelor, master, and artist diploma levels. The curriculum combines tailored studio and coursework with professional performance opportunities designed to successfully integrate students into a thriving jazz environment. In addition, its faculty and students conduct national and international master classes and clinics.

Today, the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra and its ensembles play more than 50 performances annually including appearances at the Detroit Jazz Festival and New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and tour to destinations such as Costa Rica, Colombia, Japan, Spain, and Brazil. The ensembles perform regularly at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola and the world-renowned Blue Note in New York City. For the past several seasons they also have enjoyed week-long runs at Jazz at Lincoln Center with guest artists such as Frank Wess, Kenny Barron, Lew Tabackin, Gerald Wilson, Bobby Watson, Ernie Andrews, Tom Harrell and Sean Jones.

These talented Juilliard young artists are taught by today’s most active, innovative, and respected jazz musicians. The experienced Juilliard Jazz faculty combines a remarkable variety of technical and musical skill, as demonstrated on stages and in recording studios worldwide.

Recent up-and-coming alumni of the program include: Etienne Charles, Aaron Diehl, Marion Felder, and Thelonious Monk winners Kris Bowers, Jon Irabagon, Lage Lund, and Ben Williams.

About Carl Allen, Artistic Director of Juilliard Jazz Studies

With more than 200 recordings to his credit, the Milwaukee-born Carl Allen is a New York-based drummer, sideman, bandleader, entrepreneur, and educator whose propulsive percolations have provided soulful and syncopated support for three decades.

Born in 1961, Mr. Allen grew up on gospel, R&B, and funk, but later turned to jazz after hearing an LP by saxophonist Benny Carter. He studied with drum instructor Roy Sneider and band director 
Robert Siemele. His first hometown gigs were with sax greats Sonny Stitt and James Moody. He studied at the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay from 1979 to 1981, and transferred to William Paterson College in New Jersey, where he graduated in 1983 with a bachelor of music degree in Jazz Studies and Performance. Mr. Allen joined trumpeter Freddie Hubbard a year before his graduation, served as his Musical Director for eight years, and made many recordings with the trumpeter including Double Take and Life Flight.

Mr. Allen also played with Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Jennifer Holliday, J.J. Johnson, Sammy Davis Jr., Branford Marsalis, Kenny Garrett, Lena Horne, Ruth Brown, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Bobby Hutcherson, Mike Stern, Nellie McKay, Phil Woods, Benny Green, Cyrus Chestnut, Joe Henderson, Billy Childs, and many others. Mr. Allen’s sideman discography also includes Jackie McLean (Dynasty), Donald Harrison (Indian BluesNoveau Swing), Donald Byrd (A City Called Heaven), and Art Farmer (The Company I Keep). 

Piccadilly Square, released in 1989, was Mr. Allen’s first CD as leader, followed by The Dark Side of Dewey, The Pursuer, Testimonial, andGet Ready, his 2007 Mack Avenue debut release with bassist Rodney Whitaker. Mr. Allen was again joined by Mr. Whitaker for a second album entitled, Work to Do.


Tuesday, October 4, 8 PM, Paul Hall

Juilliard Jazz Artist Diploma Ensemble

Wycliffe Gordon, trombone

Artist Diploma Ensemble:

Matthew Jodrell, trumpet

Michael Thomas, alto saxophone

Robert Haight, tenor saxophone

Christopher Ziemba, piano

John Tate, bass

Jeremy Noller, drums 

An evening with Wycliffe Gordon and the Juilliard Jazz Artist Diploma Ensemble featuring compositions by Mr. Gordon and ensemble members.

FREE tickets will be available beginning September 20, 2011 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from 11 AM to 6 PM. For further information, call (212) 769-7406 or go to www.juilliard.edu.