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Wycliffe Gordon Named LALPC Artist-In-Residence

Chicago Jazz Ensemble Announces trombonist as mentor for local students

The Chicago Jazz Ensemble (CJE), with Artistic Director Dana Hall, has announced the inaugural Guest-Artist-In-Residence for its 2012 Louis Armstrong Legacy Program and Celebration (LALPC): trombonist, composer and arranger Wycliffe Gordon. Gordon was recently named the Jazz Journalists Association’s 2011 Trombonist of the Year and is also a music educator.

LALPC, the CJE’s signature education program now in its fifth year, sends musicians from the ensemble into nearly a dozen local schools each spring semester as mentors to share the artistic legacy of Louis Armstrong and jazz in general. During two one-week residencies, Gordon will work directly with students and educators in the Chicago public schools leading up to the program’s culmination on May 23-24, 2012, when the students give a public celebration performance at the Chicago Cultural Center, demonstrating the progress they have made.

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