When Saxophonist Gordon Towell’s not teaching jazz in a Loyola University classroom, he’s likely to be performing with many national acts. Towell, who holds a BEd in music education from the University of Alberta, an MM in jazz studies from Indiana University and a DME with a cognate in jazz studies from the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, has shared his expertise with students at the University of Cincinnati, Morehead State University, Indiana University, Keyano College, Grant MacEwan College, and numerous public schools. As Coordinator of jazz studies at Loyola University, New Orleans, Towell directs jazz band I and jazz combos, teaches jazz history, arranging/composition, and improvisation. He also finds time to adjudicate, guest solo and perform with national and international artists, and conduct throughout Canada and the U.S. His saxophone performance can be heard on Outlier, Sketch Pad, Ask Me Now, Blue Duck Suit, and Still Friends, which are all available through cdbaby.com. These CDs have been featured on NPR, CBC, and CKUA radio.
Gordon is a recipient of the 2001 Morehead State University’s Distinguished Creative Productions Award. He is a Conn Selmer clinician and plays Selmer saxophones.