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WYCLIFFE GORDON SEPTET (article first published : 2006-05-15)

The US Department of Stateís Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs is sponsoring Jazz at Lincoln Centreís first South African cultural exchange programme with the Field Band Foundation to produce performances and educational events in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town.

The 2006 SA tour of Jazz by the Lincoln Centre's Wycliffe Gordon Septet led by Wycliffe Gordon will perform a programme of New Orleans Jazz at the University of KwaZulu-Natalís Centre for Jazz on May 17.

Wycliffe Gordon has an extraordinary career as a performer, conductor, composer, arranger, and educator, receiving high praise from audiences and critics alike. Gordon tours the world performing hard swinging, straight ahead jazz for audiences ranging from heads of state to elementary school students. His trombone playing mixes powerful, intricate runs with sweet notes extended over clean melodies, and has been hailed by The New York Times as "masterful".

The septet also features Herlin Riley who began playing the drums at age three. He has performed and/or recorded with Dianne Reeves, Marcus Roberts, Harry Connick, Jr. and George Benson, among others. In 1988, he joined Wynton Marsalis's Septet, and has performed regularly with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra since it began touring in 1992.

Drummer, Shannon Powell has worked with banjoist/guitarist Danny Barker as well as pianist Ellis Marsalis. Powell undoubtedly received his widest recognition during his six years in Harry Connick Jr's band that resulted in two platinum records.

Mark Braud began playing the trumpet at the age of 12. In 2001, he joined the Harry Connick Jr Big Band and is still a member. In 2002, Mark was in the Broadway production of One Mo' Time in which he received critical acclaim.

Roderick Paulin grew up immersed in the New Orleans brass-band tradition. He began studying saxophone when he was in the fourth grade and soon started performing with his father as the youngest member of the 'Doc' Paulin Brass Band.

Doreen Ketchens has been called the "Queen of Jazz," "The Female Louis Armstrong" and "Miss Satchmo" in every place she has performed. Doreen is a rising star whose brilliance shines forth from the purest, most profound and living sources of New Orleans jazz. She is the leader of Doreen's Jazz New Orleans, a group whose interest lies in spreading the culture and traditional music of New Orleans all over the world.

Lawrence H Ketchenís talents for playing his tuba, has made him a powerful soloist as well as a great bass-man. He plays for the ensemble Doreen's Jazz New Orleans, a group whose interest lies in spreading the culture and traditional music of New Orleans all over the world.

The concert runs from 17h30 to 19h15. For more information contact Glynis at the Jazz Centre on 031 260 3385. The popular cash bar will be open and there is plenty of parking.




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