Gordon Brisker was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and had a long and successful career as a jazz musician, most notably performing with and/or writing for the Woody Herman Band.
Mostly recognized for his tenor saxophone playing and composing, he has also recorded as a pianist, flautist and clarinetist. Brisker's arrangements and compositions are also featured on many recordings.
Gordon, a Jazz Alive! founding member, created the In School Time Jazz program with the idea of reaching students of all ages to expose them to the original American art form of jazz. This program was retired shortly after his untimely death in 2004, but resurrected in 2009, thanks to the grant assistance of Arts Wave (formerly the Fine Arts Fund).
As part of the In School Time Jazz program for the 2011-2012 school year, Jazz Alive will present a tribute to Gordon Brisker in conjunction with the Cincinnati School for Creative and Performing Arts on Friday, September 30th and Saturday, October 1st featuring national jazz recording artist Javon Jackson.
On Friday, September 30th Javon will conduct a two-hour Master Class for students chosen by SCPA music instructor Erwin Stuckey.
On Saturday, October 1st Javon will also perform a concert with the SCPA Jazz Collective students and the Jazz Alive trio featuring Erwin Stuckey on piano, Jim Anderson on bass, and Art Gore on drums. The concert will be held in the Mayerson Theater and is open to the general public.
This tribute performance is sponsored in part by a grant from the Mayerson Foundation.