Derrick Gardner

Every night of the festival!

Late Nite Jam @ 11pm
VG Lounge in the The Fairmont

Originally from Chicago, Jazz trumpeter Derrick Gardner got his start in the New York jazz scene in 1991, and since then has worked tirelessly as a composer, arranger, performer, band leader, and educator. Inspired by the hard-blowing funky bop bands of the 1960s, Derrick can be found touring with Harry Connick Jr., working as a sideman for various artists, or recording his own music with his sextet, Derrick Gardner & the Jazz Prophets. Their second release, Echoes of Ethnicity, was heralded with rave reviews and received the honor of being awarded “Best Jazz Album of the Year‟ by the Independent Music Awards. Echoes of Ethnicity is a solid, dynamic collection of excellence that highlights the deep talent and professional sound being produced by this hard-driving group.