The Lee’s Summit North High School Jazz Band hosted guest clinician Wycliffe Gordon on March 21.
Gordon spoke to music students from Lee’s Summit High School, Lee’s Summit North High School and Lee’s Summit West High School. Students had the opportunity to interact with the guest clinician on a variety of musical topics, including his singing approach to improvisation.
Considered one of the top trombonists of his generation, Gordon has been named “Best in Trombone” by the Downbeat Critics Poll and “Trombonist of the Year” by the Jazz Journalists Association.
In addition to his successful solo career, he tours regularly with the Wycliffe Gordon Quartet, headlining at legendary jazz venues and performing arts centers throughout the world.
Gordon has released 16 solo CDS and seven co-leader CDs with his most recent releases, “Hello Pops, A Tribute to Louis Armstrong” and “Dreams of New Orleans,” receiving outstanding reviews. He is also the author of numerous original compositions spanning the various timbres of jazz music.
He serves on the faculty of the Jazz Arts Program at Manhattan School of Music and has received an honorary doctorate from the University of Scranton for his devotion to his field.