Tri-C JazzFest: Cyrille Aimee and Wycliffe Gordon and His International All-Stars
Saturday, July 11, 2015 at 2:30pm
Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square 2067 E. 14th St., Cleveland, OH 44115
ATTENTION TICKETHOLDERS: Due to travel delays, the Cyrille Aimee and Wycliffe Gordon concert will begin one hour later, 3:30 p.m. The Warren Wolf / Tribute to Ray Brown concert will begin at 5:30 -- a 30-minute delay. JazzFest apologizes for the inconvenience and hopes you can still make the shows. Refunds will be available through the Playhouse Square box office.
Winner of both Montreux Jazz Festival and Sarah Vaughan’s International vocal competitions, Cyrille Aimee has a distinct gypsy fire in her approach to jazz. As a child in Samoir-sur-Seine, Aimee snuck out of her home to the nearby gypsy encampments to drink in the music of those who followed the spirit of Django Reinhardt. To this day, her musical outlook is shaped by the guitar, and her novel group features three: Michael Vileanu (jazz guitar), Adrien Moignard (steel string gypsy guitar) and Guilherme Monteiro (Brazilian guitar). Bassist Sam Anning and percussionist Rajiv Jayaweera round out the group.
Wycliffe Gordon and his International All-Stars Constant winner of DownBeat Magazine’s Critics Choice Award and Jazz Journalist Association Award, and winner of the 2015 ASCAP Plus Award, Wycliffe Gordon is a virtuoso trombonist who just so happens to sing and play 23 other instruments. These days, Wycliffe is dedicating his music and performances to Louis Armstrong, whose recordings are what attracted Wycliffe to jazz in the first place. He is a dedicated educator, holding positions at Georgia Regents University and Manhattan School of Music, and a composer of numerous commissioned works. His working man mentality – teaching, composing, playing in funk, gospel and jazz settings – stems from sheer love. Says Wycliffe “I’ve gone on vacations a few times in my life. It’s nice but it’s not as nice as sitting down and finishing a piece of music.” Wycliffe will be joined by Yasushi Nakamura (bass), Alvin Atkinson, Jr. (drums), Adrian Cunningham (reeds) and Ehud Asherie (piano).
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