Celebrate Mardi Gras with some New Orleans-style jazz when Wycliffe Gordon and His International Jazz All-Stars perform at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 13, at Augusta University’s Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre.
The Valentine’s Day Eve concert is titled We Give You Love and will feature jazz musicians from several countries as well as vocalist Dee Daniels.
“I’m really excited about this concert,” said Karen Gordon, Wycliffe Gordon’s sister who acted as his spokesperson. Wycliffe Gordon was one of the featured performers on The Jazz Cruise, which sailed out of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Feb. 3 for seven days in the Gulf of Mexico and was unavailable for an interview. “There are performers from Australia, Israel and the Virgin Islands, and they are all bringing these cultural influences to the table.”
The program will feature songs such as Bourbon Street Parade, When You’re Smiling, Hello Dolly, Weatherbird RagandRockin’ Chair, as well as Just A Closer Walk with Thee, Danny Boy and original compositions by Wycliffe Gordon, according to the Augusta University website.
While members of the All-Stars have played other concerts together, this will be the first time vocalist Daniels has joined them.
Karen Gordon said this is unusual because Wycliffe is typically the only vocalist.
“It’s really exciting to see what she’s going to bring to this group,” she said. “Having a female vocalist allows him to expand the range of what the group can perform.”
Daniels has an extensive résumé, having performed internationally with numerous symphony orchestras including the Boston Pops, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Berlin Film Orchestra in Germany and the North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra. She has performed with jazz legends such as Sarah Vaughn and Lionel Hampton, and been featured in numerous jazz festivals. She has also recorded several CDs.
Part of the program has been announced on the university’s website, but Karen said there’s always the opportunity for improvisation when it comes to her brother.
“With Wycliffe, you never know what to expect,” she said.
Wycliffe Gordon, jazz trombonist, is the artist in residence at Augusta University. In December, he received the 2017 International Trombone Association Award, which recognizes the highest levels of creative and artistic achievement.
Gordon was a member of the Wynton Marsalis Septet from 1989 to 1995 and was an original member of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra from 1995 to 2000. He’s served as a professor at institutions such as The Juilliard School, Michigan State University and the Manhattan School of Music.
Tickets for the concert are $15, $5 for children and students and free for those with a valid Augusta University ID.