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February 13, 2019

SvetlanaSvetlana and The Delancey Five Svetlana is "Breakfast at Tiffany's served at the 21st Century Speakeasy” says Allan Young of the New York Music Daily. Will Frieldwald of the Wall Street Journal raves that she’s an "outstanding vocalist and songwriter". BlueMonkMoods claims that she’s "making Hot Jazz sound cool!" Svetlana & The Delancey Five transports the audience to a carnival of sound, seamlessly moving from soft introspection to a "exuberant, foot-stomping music combining swing and pop-singer/songwriter sensibilities," says WPIX11TV, a jazz band fit for the 21st Century.

Fronted by vocalist Svetlana Shmulyan, the band has headlined many sold-out shows in the US and internationally, from the premier jazz clubs, such as the Blue Note, BB Kings, Iridium, Joe's Pub, Boston’s Ryles and Regatta Bar, to large scale performance arts centers throughout the country, to notable jazz festivals including the Blue Note Jazz Festival, Tel Aviv (Israel) Blues Festival, Ashdod (Israel) Jazz Festival, Gotham Jazz Festival, Make Music NY Festival. They have played to packed underground speakeasies and the band has appeared at the yearly Times Square Swing Flash mobs where several hundred people gyrate together to the band’s jubilant playing. The band headlined sold out shows in the premier venues and festivals across the US and internationally, combining the charm of Svetlana's sultry vocals, the excitement and power of a "little big band", and the intoxicating improvisational aspects of a small jazz group.

Svetlana & The Delancey Five has also appeared on various national and international TV programs (US Travel Channel, UK's Virgin Atlantic TV, Israel's iTV, Russian's My Planet, German's Channel 1, Japanese Travel TV, Brazilian Chicas of NY, and more) and has been featured in numerous international news and music and lifestyle publications including the Huffington Post, All About Jazz, PopWrapped, Wall Street Journal and more.

Their recent CD, Night at the Speakeasy, Featuring Wycliffe Gordon, produced by Guy Eckstine, premiered among the "most added" on JazzWeek and CMJ Jazz Radio charts, received a 4-star rating from AllAboutJazz, and gathered accolades as "The Best of 2016" on Classicalite and Bill’s Music Blog Music News site.



Wycliffe Gordon

Wycliffe GordonWycliffe Gordon was born into a musical family in Waynesboro, Georgia. His father, Lucius Gordon, a classical pianist and teacher, and a lover of the blues introduced young Wycliffe to music. He first learned to play the piano but later learned to play clarinet, bassoon, bass, drums and tuba, before choosing the trombone at the age of 12. Gordon attended Florida A&M University where he attended a master class conducted by Wynton Marsalis. In the late 1980s he played professionally with Marcus Roberts and others before joining the Marsalis’ band in 1989. Gordon also played with several noted jazz artists, including Dizzy Gillespie, Al Grey, Slide Hampton, Joe Henderson, Lionel Hampton and Shirley Horn. His tenure with Marsalis attracted worldwide attention and from 1990 he also became associated with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.

With numerous recording and performance to his credit, Gordon is also known for his compositions and has several commissioned pieces to his credit. He has won numerous awards include the Jazz Journalists Association’s “Trombonist of the Year” Award. In 2007 he received the ASCAP Foundation Vanguard Award and has also won the DownBeat Critics Poll “Best Trombone” Award many times.

Actively involved in education, Gordon has served as Professor of Jazz Arts at Manhattan School of Music, Professor of Jazz Studies at The Juilliard School and Associate Professor, Michigan State University. He is also the youngest member of the U.S. Statesmen of Jazz (a touring ensemble featuring senior musicians), and in many tour performances continues to serve as a musical ambassador for the U.S. State Department.

Although Gordon has expressed his great admiration for a number of trombonists of earlier generations, he claims that Louis Armstrong was his greatest musical influence.

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