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Derrick Gardner

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. With extraordinary, creative natural talent, Derrick quickly made his mark upon arriving on the New York jazz scene in 1991. There 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.‟s Big Band, The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and Swiss tenor player Roman Schwaller‟s European Sextet


FOUR + Six

Label: Jazz Hang Records
Released: 2024
Track listing: On Any Given Day in Summer; Don't Care Who Knows It; Against My Desire to Imagine; The Executioner is Looking Away; Shouldn'a Did That; Today, Yesterday, Tomorrow and Forever; Without Another Word.


Article: Album Review

Mark Watkins: FOUR + Six

Read "FOUR + Six" reviewed by Chris May

We had out of nowhere, we had straight outta Compton. Here comes straight out of Brigham Young University, Idaho, where saxophone quartet FOUR leader Mark Watkins has been director of jazz studies since 1999. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints may not the most abundant source of high-grade jazz--one assumes that Watkins is a ...

Results for pages tagged "Derrick Gardner"...



Continuing a long tradition of wonderful jazz saxophone quartet recordings FOUR adds trumpet, trombone, piano, guitar, bass and drums for a smorgasbord of new tunes by the amazing composer, Mark Watkins. 

FOUR is Mark Watkins, soprano saxophone; Ray Smith, alto saxophone; Sandon Mayhew, tenor saxophone; and Jon Gudmundson, baritone saxophone. 

They are joined by Derrick Gardner, trumpet (Count Basie Band); Vincent Gardner, trombone (lead trombone with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra); Justin Nielsen, piano; Corey Christiansen, guitar; Braun Kahn, bass; and Kobie Watkins, drums (Sonny Rollins). (See Gordon Goodwin’s review in the FOUR bio and Mark’s own notes.) 



Label: HGBS
Released: 2023
Track listing: Dig That!; The Time Being; Waltz You Needn’t; Silent Voices; Highway 9; Shadows; Terre de DuSable; One Thing Led to Another.


Pan Africa

Label: Impact Jazz
Released: 2023
Track listing: Djemba Kan; Appointment in Ghana; 10,000 Ships; The Sixth Village; Highlife Suite; Blues for the Diaspora; Vicente; The Afro Mestizo; NKRUMAH ‘da RULAH; Assin Manso …. The Last Bath.


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Derrick Gardner: African Explorations

Read "Derrick Gardner: African Explorations" reviewed by David Bixler

Trumpet player Derrick Gardener recently retired from his position at the University of Manitoba in order to move back to Chicago and focus on playing, but instead he found himself as the head of Jazz Studies at Northwestern University. In this episode of LINER NOTES Derrick explains how that happened as well as sharing some of ...


Article: Album Review

Canadian Jazz Collective: Septology

Read "Septology" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The Canadian Jazz Collective is a septet comprised of several of that country's leading jazz musicians. Trumpeter Derrick Gardner, tenor saxophonist Kirk MacDonald and guitarist Lorne Lofsky certainly need no introduction to jazz fans, in Canada or most anywhere else, nor do pianist Brian Dickinson, bassist Neil Swainson, drummer Bernd Reiter and clarinetist Virginia MacDonald. Septology, ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Derrick Gardner, Lisa Sokolov, Ray Russell and More

Read "Derrick Gardner, Lisa Sokolov, Ray Russell and More" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

This eclectic show features African echoes from Derrick Gardner, moving vocals from Lisa Sokolov and Noa Fort, and ambient jazz fusion from Ray Russell. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & Air (Mosaic) 00:00 Patricia Brennan “The Woman Who ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

From Bacharach to Earscratcher with a Serving of Soul Jazz In Between

Read "From Bacharach to Earscratcher with a Serving of Soul Jazz In Between" reviewed by David Brown

This week, we “Say a Little Prayer" for Burt Bacharach (RIP) with songs performed by Cécile McLorin Salvant, Anthony Braxton and Rahsaan Roland Kirk. A soulful set of Sonny Stitt leads us into a birthday shout out to band leader Chick Webb. Things get spicy with The Eddie “Lockjaw" Davis Cookbook Vols 1-3 featuring Philly's Queen ...


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