2010/11 Artists Receive Top Honors

We are pleased to announce top honors for two artists featured in the 2010/11 Concert Season.  The Wycliffe Gordon Quartet appeared with Civic Music Association in April 2011 sponsored by Nationwide and Esperanza Spalding opened the concert season in September 2010 sponsored by Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino.

GRAMMY for Best New Artist
On Februrary 13th 2011 in Los Angeles, Esperanza Spalding received one of the music industry’s most prestigious prizes, the Grammy for Best New Artist. As Esperanza later said, she was surprised and also grateful to receive this award. It had been a very special day, as earlier on Esperanza has cohosted the pre-telecast with Bobby McFerrin and also performed with the Grammy Jazz Ensemble.  Spalding’s journey as a solo artist began with the May 2008 release of Esperanza, her debut recording for Heads Up International, a division of Concord Music Group, which went on to become the best selling album by a new jazz artist internationally in 2008. The highly acclaimed release was the first opportunity for a worldwide audience to witness her mesmerizing talents as an instrumentalist, vocalist and composer. 


2011 Trombonist of the Year
Jazz Journalists Association have named Wycliffe Gordon trombonist of the year for the sixth time.  Highly acclaimed jazz trombonist Wycliffe Gordon enjoys an extraordinary career as a soloist and recording artist, performing and touring the globe with some of the world’s most sought-after jazz musicians.  His high-energy, traditional hard-swinging style captivates audiences across time.  He is one of America’s foremost music educators touring year-round giving master classes and clinics in all settings, and is making a name for himself as a most sought-after composer as well.

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