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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

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Still I Rise

Label: Impact Jazz
Released: 2020
Track listing: Push Come da Shove; Still I Rise; Soulful Brother Gelispie; Melody for Trayvon; Blues a la Burgess; 8 Ball, Side Pocket; Heavens to Murgatroyd!

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Article: Album Review

Derrick Gardner & The Big dig! Band: Still I Rise

Read "Still I Rise" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Trumpeter Derrick Gardner, a Chicagoan who has performed around the world with a who's who of jazz luminaries from Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie and Frank Foster to Nancy Wilson, Tony Bennett and Harry Connick Jr., to name only a few, traveled to Winnipeg, Canada, to assemble and record his Big Dig! Band, several sizes removed from ...

Album

Halcyon

Label: Will Bonness Music
Released: 2016
Track listing: Adrenaline Rush; Alliance; Halcyon; The Mystic; Puddles; Too Marvelous for Words; Reflections; Staring into the Sun

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Article: Album Review

Curtis Nowosad: Dialectics

Read "Dialectics" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


While it may be tempting to simply call Dialectics a straight-ahead session, Kevin Sun's liner notes set the record straight: According to Sun, “neo-hard bop" is a more accurate term for this music. What's most important to note, however, is that the music is pretty irresistible, regardless of what you call it. On ...

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News: Recording

New York-Based Canadian Jazz Drummer Curtis Nowosad To Launch Second Album Dialectics On March 17, 2015

New York-Based Canadian Jazz Drummer Curtis Nowosad To Launch Second Album Dialectics On March 17, 2015

Winnipeg-raised, New York-based jazz drummer, composer and bandleader Curtis Nowosad presents his sophomore album Dialectics, a collection of dynamic and swinging original compositions by Nowosad, as well as selected interpretations of music by Thelonious Monk, Wayne Shorter, and Mercer/Schertzinger. Dialectics is Nowosad’s debut recording on the renowned Canadian jazz label Cellar Live and will be released ...

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Article: Interview

Mike Clark: East Bay Funk

Read "Mike Clark: East Bay Funk" reviewed by George Colligan


[ Editor's Note: The following interview is reprinted from George Colligan's blog, Jazztruth]I remember the first time I heard the classic Herbie Hancock album Thrust (Columbia, 1974). It was on the radio, if you can believe it. The song “Actual Proof" burned into my brain: I had been a fan of Herbie's, especially of ...

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News: Performance / Tour

Laff House Comedy Club brings Derrick Gardner to Philadelphia

Laff House Comedy Club brings Derrick Gardner to Philadelphia

International jazz trumpeter Derrick Gardner & The Jazz Prophets to perform Sunday, August 14 at 7 p.m. at Laff House Comedy Club located at 221 South St. Laff House Comedy Club features live jazz on the first Sunday of every month in the Jazz on South Street series. Derrick Gardner & The Jazz Prophets will be ...

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Article: Live Review

TD Toronto Jazz Festival, Days 4-10: June 27-July 3, 2011

Read "TD Toronto Jazz Festival, Days 4-10: June 27-July 3, 2011" reviewed by Alain Londes


TD Toronto Jazz Festival 2011Toronto, CanadaJune 24-July 3, 2011 Monday, June 27, 2011On Monday evening, fans had a few hard choices to make among the headliners. At Koerner Hall, award-winning Dee Dee Bridgewater paid tribute to Lady Day, Billie Holiday. Meanwhile at the Enwave Theatre, Kurt Elling ...

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Article: Album Review

Vincent Gardner: Three-Five

Read "Three-Five" reviewed by George Kanzler


The title here refers to both trombonist Vincent Gardner's age and the time signatures (3/4 and 5/4) of the majority of the tracks on this CD. Gardner says the “idea for the date was to try these pieces in a different meter. It's amazing that when you drop a beat and take a tune usually played ...


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