Wycliffe Gordon’s impressive career has taken him around the world, performing to great acclaim while solidifying his place in musical history as one of the best trombonists of his generation. He was awarded “Best Trombone” by Downbeat Magazine’s Critics’ Poll for the last three years, and Jazz Journalists Association has named him “Trombonist of the Year” eight times. Wycliffe is a former veteran member of the Wynton Marsalis Septet and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. He is a prolific composer as well as recording artist, and as a leader he has released more than 20 CDs and performed on countless recordings for artists of all caliber. His jazz arrangement of the theme song for NPR’s “All Things Considered” is heard daily on stations around the world. Additionally, Gordon is one of America’s most committed music educators. Highly sought after for master classes and workshops, he also serves on the faculty at Manhattan School of Music and in 2014 he was named Artist-in-Residence at Georgia Regents University.
B-Love’s Hip Hop Jazzy Groove
B-Love’s Hip Hop Jazzy Groove is written, directed, and choreographed by Traci Bartlow and featuring Ray F. Davis. A native of Oakland, California Ms. Bartlow is proficient in many styles of dance, and uses African, Jazz and Hip Hop as a base for her choreography. Ms. Bartlow’s choreography has been presented at the Malcolm X Jazz Arts Festival, the Black Choreographers Festival, and The Sisyphus Syndrome-A Jazz Opera by Amiri Baraka. She has received commissions for her choreography from the Illadelph Legend Dance Festival in Philadelphia, and the Eastbay Community Foundation in Oakland, and is proud to be an official Frankie Manning Ambassador of Lindy Hop. As a historian on black dance she has worked for a wide range of artist and organizations such as Rhodessa Jones, Dessy Di Lauro, Martin Luther McCoy, The Coup, Cal Shakes and, the University of California at Berkeley and the University of California at Davis.
True to her name, Brooklyn native Karisma Jay has been dancing and performing since the tender age of 2. Currently, she is a featured performer with the international sensation, STOMP. She is also the Founder and Artistic Director of Brooklyn’s AbunDance Academy of the Arts. Teaching dance since the age of 10, she has become skilled at developing the confidence and charisma of even her shyest students, who range in age from 2 to 92. An alumna of LaGuardia High School of Music & Art (Dance) and NYU Gallatin (Pre-Med and Performing Arts), Karisma has performed/toured with prestigious dance companies such as Brooklyn Ballet, Maimouna Keita, Creative Outlet, Asase Yaa, and Ronald K. Brown’s Evidence. Her TV credits include programs aired on Netflix, BET, MTV, NBC, and VH1, to name a few.
Samuel Coleman (Master Class, 3pm)
Samuel Coleman is an Alvin Ailey School trained dancer and teacher, with a focus on lindy hop (swing) dancing. Coleman teaches in Harlem and Albany, and performs with the Big Apple Lindy Hoppers and the Rhythm Stompers. Coleman was a 2011 Frankie Manning Ambassador scholarship recipient.
The performance will take place at 41st Ave. & Vernon Blvd.