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November 01, 2010

NIU Jazz Ensemble to perform Nov. 18 concert
with acclaimed trombonist Wycliffe Gordon

wycliffe gordonDeKalb -- Director Ron Carter and the legendary NIU Jazz Ensemble and will welcome internationally acclaimed jazz trombonist Wycliffe Gordon for a concert at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, in the Duke Ellington Ballroom of the Holmes Student Center.

Admission is free.

Gordon enjoys an extraordinary career as a performer, composer, arranger, educator and conductor, receiving high praise and multiple awards and honors from audiences and critics alike.

He tours the world bringing hard-swinging, straight- ahead jazz to audiences ranging from heads of state to elementary school students. In addition, Gordon is rapidly becoming one of America’s most persuasive and committed music educators, and currently serves on the faculty of the Jazz Arts Program at Manhattan School of Music.

With a roster that includes students from Miami to Milwaukee, the NIU Jazz Ensemble has long been considered one of the best college jazz bands in the world. 

The ensemble performed at the 54th annual Midwest Music Clinic in Chicago with saxophonist Jimmy Heath as the guest artist, and at the 28th annual International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE) Conference in New York with trumpeter Wynton Marsalis as the guest artist. 

During the summer of 2001 the band performed at the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands, at the Jazz à Vienne Festival in France, and at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.

For more information, contact Lynn Slater at (815) 753-1546 or lslater@niu.edu.

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Media Contact: Lynn Slater
Phone: (815) 753-1546
Email: lslater@niu.edu