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Trombonist Wycliffe Gordon to present concert in Topeka

By The Mercury

TOPEKA — The seventh concert in Topeka Jazz Workshop’s 44th season will be Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Ramada Hotel’s Regency Ballroom. It will feature world renowned jazz trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, backed by Kansas Citians Joe Cartwright on piano, Bob Bowman on bass, Rod Fleeman on guitar, and Mike Warren on drums.

Admission is by season membership, which will be available for sale at the door on Sunday for $70 for an adult and $35 for a student under 21.  These tickets will be good for two more concerts this season: March 17 featuring another group of talented musicians from Kansas City and April 28 featuring a young guitarist from the West Coast, Graham Dechter, with an all-star rhythm section including world famous drummer Jeff Hamilton.

Gordon wowed audiences at the Topeka Jazz Festivals of 2002, 2003 and 2004 at the Topeka Performing Arts Center. 

The 45-year-old, born in Waynesboro, Ga., tours the world performing hard-swinging, straight ahead jazz for audiences ranging from heads of state to elementary school students.  He is considered one of the top trombonists of his generation, having been named Trombonist of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association seven times since 2000, and he has received many other cawards.

Gordon has played with such jazz stalwarts as the Wynton Marsalis Septet, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and Billy Taylor’s Jazz at the Kennedy Center series.  He is a gifted composer, arranger and educator and has a unique ability to relate musically to people of all ages.

If you are a fan of “All Things Considered” on National Public Radio, Gordon’s arrangement of the theme song is heard daily across the globe.

For more information about the Topeka Jazz Workshop’s series of concerts, contact Executive Director Marcene Grimes at or the website at

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