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Tue, Nov 17


Online Event for All Ages


Join Wycliffe Gordon and MJI faculty member Marcya Daneille for a conversation about Wycliffe’s amazing career as a musician, composer, conductor, arranger, and educator. He is the winner of “Best Trombonist” in this year’s annual DownBeat International Critics Poll.

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Time & Location

Nov 17, 2020, 6:30 PM – 7:15 PM CST

Online Event for All Ages

About the Event

A Conversation with Wycliffe Gordon

Wycliffe Gordon experiences an impressive career touring the world performing to great acclaim from audiences and critics alike.

Jazz Journalists Association named him “2019 Trombonist of the Year” for the 12th time, and Downbeat Critics Poll named Wycliffe “Best Trombone” again for 2020 (2020, 2018, 2016, 2014, 2013 & 2012). In 2018, Wycliffe received the “Louie Award” honoring his dedication and commitment to the music of Louis Armstrong, and received the International Trombone Association Award in 2017, which recognizes the highest level of creative and artistic achievement. In 2015, Wycliffe was presented the Satchmo award from the Sarasota Jazz Club, received the Louis Armstrong Memorial Prize presented by the Swing Jazz Culture Foundation, and was named Artist of the Year (2015) by the Augusta Arts Council. He is also a past recipient of the ASCAP Foundation Vanguard Award, among others.

In addition to an extremely successful solo career, Gordon tours regularly leading his quintet known as Wycliffe Gordon and His International All-Stars, headlining at legendary jazz venues and performing arts centers throughout the world. He is commissioned frequently, and has an extensive catalog of original compositions that span the various timbres of jazz and chamber music. Musicians and ensembles of every caliber perform his music throughout the world and his arrangement of the theme song to NPR’s “All Things Considered” is heard daily across the globe.

Gordon is a former veteran member of the Wynton Marsalis Septet, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and has been a featured guest artist on Billy Taylor's "Jazz at the Kennedy Center" Series. Gordon is also one of Americaʼs most persuasive and committed music educators; he is Visiting Artist in Jazz Studies at the Arizona State University in Phoenix, and is Director of Jazz Studies at Augusta University in Augusta, GA.

Wycliffe Gordon is a Yamaha Performing Artist and has his own line of Wycliffe Gordon Pro Signature Mouthpieces by Pickett Brass. Visit


Cost: This program is part of the Jazz Circle and is FREE

The Jazz Circle of the Milwaukee Jazz Institute provides free online classes and events for youth and adults who want to learn more about jazz. Those who wish to make a donation to support this program and other MJI initiatives can make a donation here: DONATE NOW.


Attendees need to reserve advance tickets. Attendees will receive a link and instructions an hour prior to the event to allow easy access to the workshop from a computer, tablet, or smartphone via Zoom Video Conferencing. Registration is open until 15 minutes before the start of the workshop. Links will be sent promptly to those who sign up just prior to the start time. (Be sure to check your SPAM/JUNK if you don't find a message in your inbox.) 

Participants will be able to see and hear the conversation through live video. Attendees will not be seen on video but will have the option of asking questions during the session. Please call (414) 234-5565 or send an email to if you have questions or need more info.


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