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February 28, 2013

Wycliffe Gordon to perform at NSU

— TAHLEQUAH — Renowned trombonist Wycliffe Gordon will join NSU for its 46th annual Green Country Jazz Festival starting Sunday.

The ninth annual Judges Jam is first on the agenda, beginning at 8 p.m. Sunday in the Jazz Lab at 315 N. Muskogee Ave. in Tahlequah. Admission is $5.

At the Judge’s Jam, Gordon will perform with an all-star jazz combo featuring Robert Larson of Virginia, James Greeson of Arkansas, Jared Johnson and Mikel Combs, both of Oklahoma, and Tommy Poole, director of NSU jazz studies.

The Green Country Jazz Festival continues with an evening concert at 7 p.m. Monday at the NSU Center for the Performing Arts at 605 N. Grand Ave. in Tahlequah. The NSU Jazz Ensemble will feature Gordon on the trombone. Admission to the concert is $6 for NSU students with ID and $12 for the general public.

“Gordon tours the world performing hard-swinging, straight-ahead jazz for audiences ranging from heads of state to elementary school students,” Poole said in a media release. “He was the recipient of the Jazz Journalists Association Award, Trombonist of the Year, for 2011, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2002 and 2001.”

Gordon discovered the trombone at age 12 and developed a passion for jazz at age 13. He has since become a leading composer, performer, writer and instructor.

Gordon’s repertoire includes 15 solo CDs, seven co-leader CDs and multiple TV, radio and film performances. He has been commissioned for several compositions, including “I Saw the Light,” a tribute to Muhammed Ali, and “Beyond the Blackberry Patch,” a story about the city of Columbus, Ohio.

The Green Country Jazz Series is presented with help from the National Endowment of the Arts and the Oklahoma Arts Council.

Information and reservations: Poole at (918) 444-4602 or poolet@nsuok.edu.

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