Kafé Kirk with special guest Wycliffe Gordon

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CROSSTOWN THEATER

Kemmons Wilson Family Stage

1350 Concourse Ave.

Memphis, TN 38104

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Join us for Kafé Kirk at Crosstown Theater, featuring Grammy-winning saxophonist Kirk Whalum and special guest Wycliffe Gordon.

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Join Grammy-winning saxophonist Kirk Whalum for Kafé Kirk, a monthly jazz series in Crosstown Theater featuring musical and spiritual collaborations with special guest artists. This month’s guest: jazz trombonist Wycliffe Gordon.

Doors at 5 pm | performance at 6 pm

General admission tickets — $45

VIP tickets (includes a meet-and-greet and free CD) — $60

About Kirk Whalum:

Soulful, passionate, stirring … these are the words most often used to describe Kirk’s music. Forged from his Memphis gospel roots and his 1980s initiation into the thriving Houston nightclub scene, Kirk’s big, rich tenor sound is unmistakably his.The 80s were highlighted by Kirk’s stepping out of his blossoming sideman role and forming his own band. It was there that Kirk ultimately developed both his “voice” and songwriting in the crucible of the local club scene — especially at a rooftop club called Cody’s. It was also in Houston where jazz pianist Bob James “discovered” him and brought him on tour, which led to five successful albums with Columbia Records, including Cache, Kirk’s first No. 1 album. Kirk and Bob also received a Grammy nomination for their collaboration album, Joined at the Hip.

After moving to Los Angeles, Kirk became an in-demand session player for top artists like Barbara Streisand, Al Jarreau, Luther Vandross, Larry Carlton, Quincy Jones, and, most notably, Whitney Houston, amongst many others. It’s his sax heard on the mega-hit, “I Will Always Love You.” Kirk soon followed that career high point with his phenomenal hit album released on Warner Bros. Records, For You, perhaps the most successful of over 25 solo recordings to date. Others include his eclectic, and much-lauded, Gospel According to Jazz series, (Chapters 1, 2, 3 and 4). In addition to his many solo projects, Kirk was also a member of the popular soul/jazz group, BWB, which features Kirk as the “W” of the group with Rick Braun (trumpet) and Norman Brown (guitar).

About Wycliffe Gordon:

Renowned Musician, Composer, Conductor, Arranger

Veteran member of the Wynton Marsalis Septet, 1989-1995

Original member of Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, 1995-2000

Featured guest artist on Billy Taylor’s “Jazz at the Kennedy Center” Series

Arrangement of the theme song to NPR’s “All Things Considered” is heard daily across the globe.

His show “Jazz a la Carte” was named one of the five best moments in jazz by the Wall Street Journal.

Performance experience includes work with David Sanborn, Wynton Marsalis, Paul Simon, Natalie Merchant, Rene Marie, Dianne Reeves, Anat Cohen, Ricky Skaggs, Arturo Sandoval, Doc Severinsen, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Tommy Flanagan, Shirley Horn, Joe Henderson, Eric Reed, Randy Sandke and Branford Marsalis, to name a few.

Compositions performed by the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Wycliffe Gordon and Friends, the Brass Band of Battle Creek and numerous other ensembles, and performed in programs throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Wycliffe Gordon is a Yamaha Performing Artist and has his own line of Wycliffe Gordon Pro Signature Mouthpieces by Pickett Brass.

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CROSSTOWN THEATER

Kemmons Wilson Family Stage

1350 Concourse Ave.

Memphis, TN 38104

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