Vincent R. Gardner in Concert
Presented by the Al Downing Tampa Bay Jazz Association

Vincent R. Gardner  

Program Overview

Mr. Gardner is a Trombonist presently on tour with Wynton Marsalls and The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. He will be joined by Joe Porter (Bass), John Jenkins (Drums), Stan Hunter (Keyboards), and Mike MacArthur (Saxophone).

Vincent R. Gardner was born in Chicago in 1972 and raised in Virginia. His family had a strong musical background, including his mother, his brother, and his father, Burgess Gardner, a trumpeter and music educator who has been very active on the Chicago music scene since the 1960s. Singing in church from an early age, he began playing piano when he was six, and soon switched to the violin, saxophone, and French horn before finally deciding on the trombone at age 12. Mr. Gardner became interested in jazz while attending high school and upon graduating went on to Florida A & M University in Tallahassee, Florida and the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. In college, he took a summer job performing with a jazz band at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, where he caught the ear of Mercer Ellington, who hired him on his first professional job. After graduating in 1996, he moved to New York to pursue his professional career. Mr. Gardner has performed, toured, and/or recorded with The Duke Ellington Orchestra, Bobby McFerrin, The Count Basie Orchestra, Frank Foster, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Chaka Kahn, A Tribe Called Quest, Nancy Wilson, McCoy Tyner, Nicholas Payton, Illinois Jacquet, Wynton Marsalis, Tommy Flanagan, Marcus Roberts, Matchbox 20, Jimmy Heath, Lauryn Hill and others. He has been a member of the LCJO since 2000.


Program Date & Time

3:00 - 5:00 pm


$20 - General Admission

$15 - ADTBJA Members