Friday, October 20
JazzMN Orchestra With Special Guest Wycliffe Gordon
Internationally acclaimed jazz trombonist Wycliffe Gordon opens the JazzMN Orchestra 2017-18 series at the new 900 seat Ordway Concert Hall. Gordon has had an extremely successful solo career, touring the world performing hard-swinging, straight-ahead jazz to the delight of audiences and critics alike. His unmatched modern mastery of the plunger mute and his exceptional technique and signature sound has solidified Gordon’s place in musical history as one of the top trombonists of his generation. Featured regularly as a member of the Wynton Marsalis Septet, Gordon has been named “Best Trombone” by the Downbeat Critics Poll for the last four years, was the recipient of the 2015 and 2016 ASCAP Plus Award and was named Downbeat Magazine’s “Trombone Player of the Year” three years in a row.
Also featuring vocalist Yolande Bruce, who is well known throughout the Twin Cities and beyond as a member of the award-winning ensemble Moore by Four. With MB4, Bruce has performed nationally and internationally, opening for such legendary artists as Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughan, and BB King. A featured vocalist at many churches both locally and abroad, she was a Minnesota Music Awards nominee for Best Female Jazz Artist. Active in local theater, Yolande has appeared in productions on Penumbra, Illusion, Guthrie and Ordway stages, and has performed at local venues such as the Dakota, Orchestra Hall, and The Fitzgerald Theater.
This performance is made possible in part by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.