The Augusta University Jazz Ensemble welcomes Wycliffe Gordon and His International All Stars, featuring vocalist Dee Daniels, on Tuesday, February 13 – just in time for Mardi Gras and Valentine’s Day.
Wycliffe Gordon and His International All Stars formed in 2011. The name pays homage to musicians coming of age at the dawn of jazz recording, particularly jazz master Louis Armstrong and his All Stars. Returning to a time when musicians considered themselves entertainers first and foremost, striving to please the audience with their music, Wycliffe and his All Stars are consummate entertainers reveling in the old school traditions of the musicians of Armstrong’s generation.
Joining the All Stars, will be the amazing Dee Daniels and her thrilling four-octave vocal range, infused with her unique gospel and blues jazz stylings. One critic says, “Daniels’ voice has a hypnotic quality, delivering an impressive range that gives the romantic songs and verse of 50 years ago new life and raw emotion.”
The group which features the talent of amazing musicians from all over the world, includes Adrian Cunningham (from Australia) on reeds and vocals, Ehud Asherie (from Israel) on piano, Corcoran Holt (who has roots in Ghana) on bass and Dion Parson (who hails from the Virgin Islands) on drums. Wycliffe performs on trombone, trumpet, soprano trombone and vocals, and brilliantly combines the old school jazz with the new school traditions.
This program is titled “We Give You Love” and features hits from their latest All Stars recording “I Give You Love.” It’s a follow-up recording to the popular “Hello Pops” album that paid homage to Louis Armstrong. The program has a New Orleans flare and includes hits Bourbon Street Parade, When You’re Smiling, Hello Dolly, Weatherbird Rag, Rockin’ Chair, as well as favorites Just A Closer Walk with Thee, Danny Boy and original compositions by Wycliffe.
It’s a really fun and upbeat show with Wycliffe singing in his signature Louis Armstrong style, as well as performing on multiple instruments along with the band.
Wycliffe Gordon and His International All Stars, featuring vocalist Dee Daniels
February 13, 2018
Maxwell Performing Arts Theater
Augusta University – Summerville Campus
2500 Walton Way
Augusta GA 30904
General Public $15
Children and Students: $5
AU & EGSC students, faculty, and staff: Free with valid JagCard