Musical ambassador and interpreter of America’s music, Wycliffe Gordon experiences an impressive career touring the world performing hard-swinging, straight-ahead jazz receiving great acclaim from audiences and critics alike. His unmatched modern mastery of the plunger mute and his exceptional technique and signature sound has solidified Gordon a place in musical history known as one of the top trombonists of his generation. Gordon released his newest CD “I Give You Love” last November at his week-long performances at Dizzy’s Coca-Cola Club in New York City. This CD debuts as a follow-up to his popular “Hello Pops” album, and includes more Louis Armstrong favorites such as “Umbrella Man”, “Rockin’ Chair” and ‘Bourbon Street Parade.” Joining him on vocals is his long-time quintet member and multi-reeds musician Adrian Cunningham, along with bandmates Ehud Asherie on piano, Alvin Atkinson, Jr. on drums, and Yasushi Nakamura on bass. The group gets its name “the International All-Stars” as a play on Louis Armstrong’s world-class ensemble known as the All Stars. Wycliffe says, “we’ve added ‘International’ to the title because all of these guys hail from someplace other than the USA. We represent Israel, Japan, Australia and the Gold Coast (North Carolina that is).
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It’s an amazingly talented group of musicians and this CD is just a very fun representation of the five of us hanging out in the studio creating music that we love to play; hence, “I Give You Love” as the title.
Friday July 7, 7 pm – 8:15 pm
Marcus Garvey Park, 18 Mt Morris Park W, New York, NY 10027, 212.860.1380, www.nycgovparks.org/parks/marcus-garvey-park