Green Bay
Jazz Fest 2024

April 8 – 13

Green Bay Jazz Fest 2024 will take place April 8-13, with specially curated events celebrating all things jazz with live music, film screenings, and educational outreach to student musicians across the state.

Events will take place across the UW-Green Bay campus, on-stage at The Weidner, as well as downtown at The Tarlton Theatre and Copper State Brewing Co.

Headline Concert

with Green Bay Jazz Orchestra

Saturday, April 13 | 7:30 PM


Wycliffe Gordon

Trombonist Wycliffe Gordon comes to The Weidner stage to share his soulful, fiery playing and skillful compositions. Known for his tenure with the Wynton Marsalis Septet and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Mr. Gordon is known in educational circles as one of the most dynamic and inspiring jazz educators in the world.

Backed by the finest local jazz musicians by way of the Green Bay Jazz Orchestra, Mr. Gordon will wow audiences and students after a full day of activities with the UWGB Jazz Fest 54.


Wycliffe Gordon experiences an impressive career touring the world performing to great acclaim from audiences and critics alike.

Last year, Jazz Journalists Association named him 2022 “Trombonist of the Year” for the record-breaking 15th time, and he’s topped Downbeat Critics Poll for “Best Trombone” for an unprecedented six times (2020, 2018, 2016, 2014, 2013 & 2012). Recent awards include 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, 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.

In addition to a successful solo career, Gordon tours regularly leading the International All Stars performing at festivals and performing arts centers worldwide.  Gordon is also one of America’s most persuasive and committed music educators and is highly sought after as a clinician and guest speaker.

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

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Student Performers

Green Bay Jazz Fest 2024 continues UW-Green Bay’s 54-year tradition of providing student musicians from around the state with masterclass learning and performance opportunities with UW-Green Bay Professors and musicians.

Jazz Fest Registration Includes Free Tickets to Wycliffe Gordon Headlining Concert

Register your student jazz ensemble for Green Bay Jazz Fest 2024 by filling out the registration form, or contact Paulina Chavira at