WYCLIFFE GORDON enjoys an extraordinary career as a performer, conductor, composer, arranger, and educator, touring the world performing hard-swinging, straight-ahead jazz.
In addition to his thriving solo career, he tours regularly leading the Wycliffe Gordon Quartet headlining at jazz venues throughout the country. He’s performed with such greats as Dizzy Gillespie, Nat Adderley, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Joe Henderson, Al Grey, Clark Terry, Branford Marsalis, Tommy Flanagan, Shirley Scott, Lionel Hampton, and Shirley Horn, to name just a few. Gordon’s musical prowess has been captured on numerous recordings, including several solo CDs.
Born in 1967 in Waynesboro, Georgia, Gordon was first introduced to music by his late father, Lucius Gordon, a classical pianist and teacher. His interest in the trombone was sparked at age twelve by his elder brother, who played the instrument in his school band. A year later, an aunt bequeathed Gordon her jazz record collection, beginning his passion for jazz.