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Oct. 1, 2004

Wycliffe Gordon Concludes Residency With Oct. 20 Hancher Concert

Jazz trombonist Wycliffe Gordon and his quartet will conclude a three-day University of Iowa residency with a concert at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20 in Hancher Auditorium.

Gordon, whose dedication to education includes a teaching post at the Juilliard School in New York, will present three workshops, a discussion and a Stage Door performance for school groups during his time at the UI.

In addition to the ticketed concert, there will be three free events:

-- a workshop, in which Gordon and his band members will work with UI and high school music students, 12:30-2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18, in the auditorium at Iowa City West High School;

-- a workshop at West Music Company in Davenport at 7 p.m. Oct. 18; and

-- a discussion on the relationship between jazz, gospel music and African-American religious practice, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, in the African-American Historical Museum and Cultural Center of Iowa in Cedar Rapids.

In addition, the Wycliffe Gordon Quartet will offer a workshop for area teachers, and will perform for area school groups in a Stage Door concert at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20. For additional information about these events, contact Hancher's education coordinator, Emily Hansen, at 319-335-0009 or emily-hansen@uiowa.edu.

The quartet will complete its visit to Iowa with an Oct. 21 performance and educational activities at the Lakes Arts Center in Okoboji, as part of an on-going collaboration between Hancher and this community arts center in Northwest Iowa.

For many years Gordon was a regular member of Wynton Marsalis' Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, including several performances in Hancher.

Today he enjoys a busy and diverse career as a performer, conductor, composer, arranger and educator. He tours the world performing hard-swinging, straight-ahead jazz for audiences ranging from heads of state to elementary school students. When he arrives in Iowa, he will just be back from a tour of northern Europe, and from Iowa he heads back to New York for performances with the Sidney Bechet Society and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.

His playing, which mixes intricate runs with sweet notes extended over clean melodies, has been universally hailed by jazz critics. Gordon received the Jazz Journalists Association 2002 and 2001 Award for Trombonist of the Year, the Jazz Journalists Association 2000 Critics' Choice Award for Best Trombone, and he was nominated for the 2003 Jazzpar Award.

A review of one of his recordings asserted, "If Wycliffe Gordon is not the best DAMN trombone player performing in jazz today, I will eat my hat."

Gordon's extensive performance experience includes gigs with legendary artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Nat Adderley, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Joe Henderson, Al Grey, Clark Terry, Branford Marsalis, Tommy Flanagan, Shirley Scott, Lionel Hampton and Shirley Horn. He was also a featured guest artist on Billy Taylor's Jazz at the Kennedy Center series.

Gordon's discography includes seven solo CDs and three co-leader CDs. He is featured on numerous recordings with the Wynton Marsalis Septet, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, and with many other artists and groups.

He was commissioned to compose a new score for the 1925 classic silent film "Body and Soul" (notable as the screen debut of Paul Robeson), which was premiered at the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra's 2000-01 season opening night performance at Avery Fisher Hall.

Gordon's compositions have been performed by the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and the Wynton Marsalis Septet, and included in programs at Carnegie Hall, the Gershwin Festival in Switzerland, Jazz Aspen/Snowmass, and as a part of PBS's "Marsalis on Music" series.

Gordon's TV appearances have included the 1999 Grammy Awards, in the PBS special documentary "Swingin' with the Duke" and on "Live from Lincoln Center" broadcasts. He also appeared in Ken Burns' documentary series "Jazz" and with the Wynton Marsalis Septet in the feature film "Tune In Tomorrow," starring Peter Falk, Keanu Reeves and Barbara Hershey.

Gordon has becoming one of America's most committed music educators. In addition to his position at the Juilliard School, he serves as an artist-in-residence in the School of Music at Michigan State University.

His work with young musicians and audiences from elementary schools to universities all over the world is extensive, and includes master classes, clinics, workshops, children's concerts and lectures.

West Music Company is the local sponsor of the concert and residency, through the University of Iowa Foundation.

Tickets for the Oct. 20 Hancher concert are $32/30/27; UI student $28.80/15; senior citizen $28.80/27/24.30; youth $22.40/21/18.90.

Hancher Auditorium box office business hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. From the local calling area, dial 319-335-1160. Long distance is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. Fax to 319-353-2284. People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial 319-335-1158, which is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.

Tickets may be ordered on-line 24 hours a day, seven days a week through Hancher's website: <http://www.hancher.uiowa.edu>.

Orders may be charged to VISA, MasterCard or American Express. UI students may charge their purchases to their university bills, and UI faculty and staff may select the option of payroll deduction. Information and brochures may be requested by e-mail: hancher-box-office@uiowa.edu.

For UI arts information and calendar updates, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, ur-acr@uiowa.edu.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Winston Barclay, 319-384-0073, winston-barclay@uiowa.edu.

PHOTOS are available at http://www.uiowa.edu/hancher/media.html.