Vincent Gardner, Trombonist
The Chicago-born Vincent Gardner is a trombonist, composer, and bandleader with four albums under the SteepleChase record label. He’s the lead trombonist for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and has taught classes in their Jazz 101 series of sessions for adults. Gardner also performs often with his brother, trumpeter Derrick Gardner and his ensemble, The Jazz Prophets.
As an early musician, Gardner started on the violin, but soon switched to saxophone and French horn. Around age 13, since his father and brother both played trumpet, he decided to play trombone. He developed a strong interest in jazz music around the 11th grade after being selected to play in the Hampton All-City Jazz Ensemble, and especially after the all-city band director introduced him to jazz trombonist J.J. Johnson.
Gardner attended Florida A&M University and The University of North Florida, where he obtained an undergraduate degree in Jazz ... Trombone Performance in 1996. Shortly thereafter, he moved to Brooklyn, began working with The Count Basie Orchestra, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, Illinois Jacquet, The Saturday Night Live Band, Lauryn Hill, Matchbox 20, Clark Terry, Jimmy Heath, Frank Foster, and others.