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One critic described Derrick Earl Gardner as "having a way of moving past the notes in a solo and getting into formal realms that make sense and heighten interest." Other critics cited Gardner's trumpet work as "Soulful and Intelligent, a tremendous talent with a vivid and unusual imagination. "These are qualities that Derrick has demonstrated as a freelance trumpet player, composer/arranger in New York City and with some of the biggest names in jazz today. Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Gardner began playing trumpet at age 9. As he progressed through high school and college, Derrick was recognized by instructors as having "strong improvisational skills and a marvelous imagination." Derrick has developed a distinctive style of playing which would soon lead him toward a professional career that has taken him all over the world including Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, Japan and Thailand as well as many premier venues in the United States

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!

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 ...

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

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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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