Jazz trumpeter, Derrick Gardner, inspired by the finest hard-blowing funky bop bands of the 1960‟s, is working to extend that great tradition as a composer, arranger, performer, leader and educator. Gardner quickly made his mark upon arriving on the New York jazz scene in 1991 where he began a top-flight career that has taken him around the world. Gardner has performed internationally with the Count Basie Orchestra, (1991-present), Frank Foster‟s Loud Minority Band, Harry Connick Jr.’s Big Band, and The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra.
In addition to his own releases, Gardner has performed on multiple recordings with the Count Basie Orchestra — including GRAMMY-winning The Count Basie Orchestra Live at Manchester Craftman’s Guild) — and four sessions with Harry Connick Jr. In addition to recording and touring with the Harry Connick Jr. Big Band, Gardner was the feature trumpet soloist in the Broadway musical Thou Shalt Not, for which Connick wrote the music and lyrics. As a sideman, Derrick has been on numerous recordings by arranging mentor and close friend Frank Foster, Carlos Garnett, Stefon Harris, Roman Schwaller and Liz Wright, among others.
SEE DERRICK GARDNER HOSTING THE LATE NIGHT JAM
TUE JUNE 20 – SAT JUNE 24 @ THE VG LOUNGE | 11 PM TILL THEY DROP