Vocalist Hilary Gardner grew up in Wasilla, Alaska infatuated with New York City. Hilary’s latest release, The Late Set (Anzic), is a collection of piano/vocal duets with celebrated pianist Ehud Asherie and hearkens back to a bygone era of after-hours music making in tucked-away jazz haunts. Hilary and Ehud’s love of timeless songs is evident in their intimate, swinging renditions of standards both familiar and obscure by stalwarts of the Great American Songbook, including Harry Warren, Irving Berlin, Rodgers & Hart, Harold Arlen, and more.
Hilary’s critically acclaimed 2014 Anzic Records debut, The Great City, garnered effusive praise from the jazz community, including DownBeat Magazine, which named Hilary an artist to watch and a Rising Star Female Vocalist.
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An uninhibited answer to the young Doris Day. -Stephen Holden, New York Times
Gardner evokes memories of another time and place. -NPR
Gardner's ready to fly. -Paul de Barros, Seattle Times
...a sound and vibe that makes you think she's the secret love child of Peggy Lee and Tom Waits. -Midwest Record
Her poignant, direct rendition of ‘Autumn in New York’ stole the show...a voice worth seeking out. -New York Magazine
...definitely an artist to watch. -DownBeat (Editors' Pick)
...a superb singer deserving greater recognition