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Scotty Barnhart & Wycliffe Gordon: Jazz Masters


Scotty Barnhart & Wycliffe Gordon: Jazz Masters
Saturday, August 7, 2021 • 7:30 p.m.


Koger Center Presents
Live in the Lobby: Jazz
Scotty Barnhart & Wycliffe Gordon: Jazz Masters
Sponsored by Ghost Coast Distillery

Tickets are $35

The Scotty Barnhart & Wycliffe Gordon: Jazz Masters concert presents a unique opportunity for guests to experience these jazz greats while seated on the expansive Koger Center stage with these renowned musicians.  Following the most recent scientific guidelines for safe performances, the musicians will be placed fifteen feet from the nearest audience member.  Concert seating is not pre-assigned, but will be on a first-come, first-served basis.  Guests at the performance will be seated as individuals or with their social group in pairs of two with each pair or individual guest separated by a three-foot distance from the next group.  To further enhance safe social distancing, there will be several wide aisles separating the audience into six groups of distinct seating. The Koger Center continues to place a priority on the safety of its patrons and provides state-of-the-art air filtration, hand-sanitizing stations and an experienced staff trained in performance safety protocols.  If you have any further questions about the performance, please contact 803-777-7500.

Live in the Lobby: Koger Center Jazz is a unique series that was created as a partnership between the Koger Center for the Arts and the ColaJazz Foundation. Koger Center Jazz concerts are typically held in the lobby, this concert, however, is a Behind the Curtain performance which will take place with the audience and the performers together on the Koger Center for the Arts stage. Thirty minutes before start time, the concert will kick off with an optional dynamic discussion between the artists and the audience about the music they are about to hear. Join us to experience this one-of-a-kind concert designed for the audience seeking premier jazz and specialty experiences in exceptional settings.

Scotty Barnhart and Wycliffe Gordon are both internationally known and respected powerhouse musicians within the jazz community. While they have known each other and worked together since the mid 1980’s it is rare to see a concert that is co-headlined by both of these legends.

Scotty Barnhart is an internationally acclaimed Jazz trumpeter, composer, arranger, educator, author, and is the Director of The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra. A featured trumpet soloist with the orchestra for over twenty years, he's a two-time Grammy Award winner, appears on three critically acclaimed recordings with pianist Marcus Roberts, and over fifteen others with artists as diverse as Tony Bennett, Diana Krall, Ray Charles, and Tito Puente. Acknowledged as an authority on the history of Jazz trumpet, he has given two keynote lecture-demonstrations at The International Trumpet Guild Conference and continues to give lectures and seminars at universities in South America, Japan, China, Europe, South Africa, and all across the United States. Hal Leonard published his groundbreaking book, The World of Jazz Trumpet – A Comprehensive History and Practical Philosophy worldwide in December 2005 to rave reviews.

Wycliffe Gordon experiences an impressive career touring the world performing to great acclaim from audiences and critics alike. Jazz Journalists Association named him 2021 “Trombonist of the Year” for the record breaking 14th time, and he’s topped Downbeat Critics Poll for “Best Trombone” for an unprecedented six times (2020, 2018, 2016, 2014, 2013 & 2012). Additionally, he was the recipient of the “Louie Award”, the International Trombone Award and the Satchmo Award, among others. Wycliffe is a prolific recording artist and is extremely popular for his unmatched signature sound, plunger technique and unique vocals. He can be heard on hundreds of recordings, soundtracks, live DVD’s and documentaries. Gordon is commissioned frequently, and has an extensive catalog of original compositions that span the various timbres of jazz and chamber music. Musicians and ensembles of every caliber perform his music throughout the world and his arrangement of the theme song to NPR’s “All Things Considered” is heard daily across the globe.