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Elliot Scozzaro presents Derrick Gardner
Saturday, March 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm$15 – $20
Jazz trumpeter, Derrick Gardner, inspired by the finest hard-blowing funky bop bands of the 1960s, is working to extend that great tradition as a composer, arranger, performer, leader, and educator. He began a top-flight career that has taken him around the world performing internationally with the Count Basie Orchestra, (1991-present), Frank Foster’s Loud Minority Band, Harry Connick Jr. Big Band, The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and Swiss tenor player Roman Schwaller’s European Sextet. Over the last 18 years, Derrick has worked with a tremendous litany of artists that include late Dizzy Gillespie, George Benson, Frank Foster, Jon Faddis, Nancy Wilson, Tony Bennett, Joe Williams, Rufus Reid, and Clark Terry just to name a few.
Mr. Gardner formed his own sextet, The Jazz Prophets, in 1991; it continues to be the primary vehicle of his distinctive, hard-driving music. The band’s three-man horn line, consisting of himself, tenor sax player Rob Dixon and trombonist Vincent Gardner of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, has been together since the beginning. Derrick Gardner & the Jazz Prophets second release on Owl Studios, Echoes of Ethnicity, was heralded with rave reviews and received the honor of being awarded, ‘Best Jazz Album of the Year’ by the Independent Music Awards. Echoes of Ethnicity is a solid, dynamic collection of excellence that highlights the deep talent and professional sound being produced by this hard-driving group.
In addition to his own releases, Derrick has performed on multiple recordings with the Count Basie Orchestra (including Grammy-winning The Count Basie Orchestra Live at Manchester Craftman’s Guild), the New York Voices in 1997 and four sessions with Harry Connick Jr. including 2007’s Hurricane Katrina inspired Oh, My Nola. 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.