Born: March 3, 1966
Tardy says, “Music is an expression of the soul and I always try to speak through my horn. I once heard an older musician say ‘it is better to be felt than to be heard’. I never forgot that. That is my approach regardless of what form or style I am playing.”
Born into a musical family, Gregory Tardy began his musical career studying classical clarinet. In high school, Gregory excelled in music, winning many awards and scholarships. While studying with renowned clarinetists Russell Dagon and Jack Snavely, Tardy began preparing for a symphony career. Over time, he began to be asked to play saxophone, to fill in missing gaps in various high school and college ensembles. Although he never practiced the saxophone seriously, Tardy began getting calls to play local funk gigs in the Milwaukee area. At the prodding of his older brother, Tardy finally explored the music of John Coltrane, and determined to be a jazz musician....
“Big sound, deep seated feel for the blues, and cerebral avante-garde chops.” —New York Magazine
“Tardy already has his own voice and is on track to help write the next chapter in jazz history.” —All About Jazz
“One of the bright hopes, Tardy sounds like a seeker, absolution and salvation in every solo.” —New York Times
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