The Department of Music at Indiana University of Pennsylvania will present the 12th annual IUP Jazz Festival. It will be offered Saturday and Sunday, April 14 and 15, 2012, and includes two concerts.
The festival will feature two performances in Fisher Auditorium. Saturday’s concert at 7:30 p.m. features the IUP Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Band with guest trombonist Wycliffe Gordon. Sunday’s concert, beginning at 2:00 p.m., features local students in an IUP High School Honors Jazz Band.
Gordon, a musical ambassador and interpreter of America’s music, has experienced an extraordinary career touring the world performing hard-swinging, straight-ahead jazz and receiving great acclaim from audiences and critics alike. In addition to a successful solo career, he tours regularly leading the Wycliffe Gordon Quartet, headlining at legendary jazz venues and performing arts centers throughout across the globe.
Gordon is a veteran member of the Wynton Marsalis Septet and Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and has been a featured guest artist on Billy Taylor’s “Jazz at the Kennedy Center” series. Gordon’s recordings are a model of consistency and inspiration, and his musical prowess has been captured on numerous recordings, including 13 solo CDs and seven co-leader CDs.
Tickets for Saturday’s concert may be purchased at the door starting one hour before the performance or in advance at the Hadley Union Buidling. Sunday’s concert is free.