Dr. Gordon Vernick is a Professor of Music and Coordinator of Jazz Studies at Georgia State University holding a Master of Music from the University of Miami, and a Doctor of Arts from the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley.

As a virtuoso jazz trumpet player, he has performed in all musical mediums from symphony orchestra to jazz quartet and has freelanced all over the world. He has also performed with such world-renown jazz artists as Kenny Werner, Clare Fischer, John Hart, Kevin Hays, Conrad Herwig, Marc Copland, Randy Brecker, Rez Abbasi, and many others.  He is currently active as a clinician, an adjudicator, and as a freelance trumpet player.

He is a dedicated jazz educator and has served as past president of the Georgia Association of Jazz Educators and chair of the International Association of Jazz Educators Curriculum Committee.  He is currently the Director of the Rialto Youth Jazz Orchestra and the musical director of the Rialto Jazz for Kids middle school jazz outreach program. It was an honor to have Gordon participate and perform so beautifully on our tribute project.