Live from Crown presents The Stephen Gordon Quartet
March 25, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
JazzArts Charlotte’s virtual live music series is excited to present drummer and Carolina-Native Stephen Gordon, performing his own vibrant jazz compositions and their ability to weave a story.
Stephen Gordon, drums
Lovell Bradford, piano
Matt Kosma, tenor saxophone
Lovell Bradford Jr., acoustic bass
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Stephen Gordon, a native of Charlotte, N.C., began exploring music at 4 years old, after his parents heard him pick out melodies of hymns from church. “My family are the ones who hipped me to Gospel, R&B, Soul, Jazz and Folk music, and because of that extensive institution, I went on to find the music that inspired me.” Gordon attended the prestigious Northwest School of the Arts initially focused on visual arts, and he believes practicing a variety of arts from music to photography to theatre have influenced his work. Since 2002, Gordon has played and toured with a broad genre of musicians, including The Headhunters, Steve Turre (Woody Shaw), Mike Clark (Herbie Hancock), Donald Harrison, Jr., Shannon Powell (Harry Connick, Jr.), Dr. Mondre Moffett, Bobby Shew, Cyrus Chestnut (Betty Carter), Abiodun Oyewole (The Last Poets), Victor Atkins (Elvin Jones), Adonis Rose (Nicholas Payton), Wessell Anderson (Wynton Marsalis), Wayne Henderson (The Crusaders), Delfeayo Marsalis & The Uptown Jazz Orchestra, Tyrone Jefferson (James Brown and the JB’s), Ivan Hampton (Janet Jackson), Christian Scott, and more. Gordon attended Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA to pursue Jazz/Classical piano and percussion. Throughout the years, Gordon has pursued the education of music to all ages, with teaching affiliations that include The New Orleans Jazz Institute (NOJI), Community School of the Arts, Queens University (Charlotte, NC), Central Piedmont Community College (Charlotte, NC), Smith Language Academy, and has had many opportunities to present masterclasses regionally and globally. Gordon was musical director for the production “Miles and Coltrane: The Blue Sessions” written/produced by On Q Productions/Concrete Generation/Stephen Gordon, which toured nationwide. Check out more about Stephen Gordon at https://stephenrgordon.com/
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Thank you to our sponsors, Knight Foundation, O’s Place Jazz, Arts and Science Council, NC Arts Council, Crown Station and our many donors who keep jazz thriving.