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Vincent Gardner

2014 Downbeat “Rising Star” Trombone Award Winner and “Rising Star” Vocalist Nominee Vincent Gardner (born in Chicago, Illinois) is an trombonist and composer. As a bandleader, Gardner has released four albums under the SteepleChase record label. He performs with his own groups frequently, in addition to being the lead trombonist for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (which also features Wynton Marsalis). Gardner also performs often with his brother, trumpeter Derrick Gardner and his ensemble, The Jazz Prophets.

Being born into a musical family in which both his father, Burgess Gardner, a trumpeter who has played with many groups including Ray Charles, Count Basie, and Horace Silver, and his mother, a pianist and choir director, are both music educators, Gardner was surrounded by music at an early age. The family moved to East Lansing, Michigan when Gardner was five, while his mother and father completed their doctorate studies at Michigan State University, and then to Virginia Beach, VA when Gardner was six years old, later settling in Hampton, VA. His mother being a church musician, he was at church often for services and choir rehearsals, and began singing in the choir as soon as he was of age, providing him with his earliest musical experiences.

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”Gardner plays with maturity and confidence...” - AllAboutJazz.com

“Gardner is an impressive, well-rounded trombonist, fleet and nimble in a boppish uptempo zone and blessed with vocalistlike expressivity when elegance is required.” - JazzTimes

“Gardner’s sound is mellow but contains enough toughness to keep things interesting.” - JazzTimes

Primary Instrument

Trombone

Willing to teach

Advanced students only.

Credentials/Background

Vincent Gardner has been one of Jazz's most in-demand teachers for the last 10 years. As lead Trombonist of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, he leads and conducts workshops, one on one private lessons, group instruction, and ensemble instruction year round and at Jazz at Lincoln Center for Beginning to Advanced ensembles. Special workshops are also available for children. For rates contact info@vincentgardner.com.

Clinic/Workshop Information

Vincent Gardner has been one of Jazz's most in-demand jazz clinicians for the last 10 years

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