“Trombonist of the Year” for the record-breaking 15th time
Jazz Journalists Association

Best Trombone” for an unprecedented six times
Downbeat Critics Poll


8:15PM-10:15 PM

Twilight Jazz presented by Michelob ULTRA and produced by JazzAthensGA (JAGA), welcomes Friday night’s headliner jazz superstar: Wycliffe Gordon.

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, and has an extensive catalog of original compositions that span the various timbres of jazz and chamber music.  His arrangement of the theme song to NPR’s “All Things Considered” is heard daily across the globe.   

Gordon is a former veteran member of the Wynton Marsalis Septet, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and has been a featured guest artist on Billy Taylor's "Jazz at the Kennedy Center" Series.  

In addition to a successful solo career, Gordon tours regularly leading his All Stars performing at festivals and performing arts centers worldwide.  Gordon is also one of America’s most persuasive and committed music educators, and serves as Director of Jazz Studies at Augusta University in Augusta, GA.

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



BICHOS VIVOS - 7:00PM - 8:00PM

Twilight is excited to feature a current Athens favorite, Bichos Vivos at Twilight Jazz on Friday night! Rooted in the Brazilian northeast region, Forró is party music driven by the accordion, triangle, Zabumba (big traditional drum), rounded out by guitar, bass, percussion, vocals, flute and violin. The closest equivalent here in the US is Zydeco with its infectious and highly danceable rhythms. Prepare to swing your hips and dance Friday night to this soulful music!

BIG BAND ATHENS p/b WUGA - 6:00PM - 6:45PM

Twilight is proud to have Big Band Athens usher in Twilight Jazz on Friday! Big Band Athens is an 18-member band and vocalist playing '40s dance music to preserve this rich part of American culture: the Swing Era. The ensemble is born of The Classic City Band founded in 1976 and currently stirs up swing dancers of all ages! Outside of the Twilight stage, enjoy them playing regularly at popular venues like Hendershot's and numerous events in town.


Tented Dining
A great selection of beverages
Dinner from 6PM until 8PM
Entry for Twilight Kick-Off Reception Featuring Hi-Lo Trail Mini-Documentary and Q & A Session Thursday, April 20 at Cine
Access to Twilight Downtown Music Cafes on Saturday, April 22
Drinking beer/wine in FESTIVAL ZONE
Friday, April 21 through Sunday, April 23
Merchant perks offered by Downtown Athens Businesses during Twilight