“We are excited about receiving this grant from the Porter Fleming Foundation. We wouldn’t have been able to have Mr. Gordon perform with us on the Gala Concert had this grant not come through for us,” said Angela Morgan, chair of the Department of Music.
An Augusta native, Gordon has received several awards for his compositions including the Jazz Journalists Association’s Critics’ Choice Award for Best Trombone. In the Augusta community, he has been formally recognized for his musical talent with the declaration of Wycliffe Gordon Day, August 17.
He also has appeared in film and on television in such programs as the Grammy Awards, the PBS special documentary Swingin’ with the Duke, and the film Tune in Tomorrow. Gordon currently serves on the faculty of the Jazz Arts Program at the Manhattan School of Music, and his extensive work with aspiring musicians ranges from elementary schools to universities across the nation.
The performance will be the department’s annual Gala Concert which will be Thursday, Oct. 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Maxwell Theatre. The ASU orchestra, choirs, wind ensemble and jazz ensemble also will be featured with Gordon that evening.
For more information, call the Department of Music at 706-737-1453.