Trombonist Melissa Gardiner has shared the stage with several legendary musicians including Aretha Franklin, Geri Allen, Wycliffe Gordon, Steve Turre, Gerald Wilson, Patti Austin, The Temptations, and Vulfpeck.
In addition to her post at Le Moyne, Gardiner is also a trombone instructor at Cornell University and Syracuse University. As a bandleader, she performs regularly with her jazz organ trio, MG3, and Second Line Syracuse.
Embodying the concept of artist as citizen, Gardiner aims to re-connect jazz music to the community, and create an environment of mentorship where students and professionals can make music together. This is accomplished in the form of regular weekly jazz jam sessions, and with Unity Street Band, a community brass band that performs at a variety of events to bring people together through music support good causes.
Gardiner received her master’s degree in jazz performance at The Juilliard School where she studied with Steve Turre. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree at The University of Michigan where she studied with Dennis Wilson (jazz) and David Jackson (classical). Former teachers also include Bill Harris, Curtis Fuller, and Wycliffe Gordon.
Gardiner is a member of The Professional Musicians of Central New York Local 78 AFM.
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