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Herb Gardner

BIOGRAPHY

Soon after moving to New York in 1963, Herb Gardner began touring with Wild Bill Davison, Kenny Davern and Dick Wellstood as well as becoming a regular at the Metropole, Jimmy Ryan’s and Eddie Condon’s nightclubs. During the ‘60’s and 70’s he appeared with virtually all of the classic jazz musicians in the New York City area such as Roy Eldridge, Gene Krupa, Henry “Red” Allen, Bobby Hackett, Jimmy Rushing, Doc Cheatham, Max Kaminsky and even Wingy Manone.

For many years he served as co-leader of Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks, playing for the inauguration of George Bush, Bill Clinton’s victory party and countless other society affairs. In June, 1997 he conducted the “Big Broadcasters” in the opening concert of the New York City JVC Jazz festival.

Through his association with Al “Jazzbeaux” Collins and the Smith Street Society Jazz Band, Herb has written the music and words to many specialty songs heard regularly on New York radio, including “Jazzbeaux’s Time of Night” and theme songs for many other radio personalities.

His CD, “Groundhog’s Day”, featuring 14 original songs and several Jazz Age classics is available now! Click here for ordering information.

These are some of the people Herb has worked with as a featured jazz soloist.
 
TRUMPET:
Roy Eldridge
Wild Bill Davison
Henry Red Allen
Yank Lawson
Bobby Hackett
Wingy Manone
Ruby Braff
Doc Cheatham
Rex Stewart
Charlie Shavers
Herman Autrey
Emmet Berry
Ray Nance
Shorty Baker
Pee Wee Irwin
Chris Griffin
Jimmy Maxwell
Max Kaminsky
Snooky Young
Bernie Privin
Billy Butterfield
Wynton Marsalis
Spanky Davis
Jimmy McPartland
Clark Terry
Johnny Windhurst
Mel Davis
Don Goldie
Jim Cullum
Randy Reinhart
Jon-Erik Kellso
Randy Sandke
Joe Ferrante
Glenn Zottola
Johnny Letman
Dick Sudhalter
Ernie Carson
Peter Eklund
Tommy Pletcher
Bob Millikan
Benny Ventura
Duke Heitger
Connie Jones
Brian Lynch
 
TROMBONE:
Vic Dickenson
Benny Morton
Cutty Cutshall
John Allred
Bill Allred
Dan Barrett
Tom Artin
Speigel Wilcox
George Masso
Dick Rath
Art Baron
Ed Hubble
Joel Helleney
Marshall Brown
Frank Orchard
Jim Fryer
 
CLARINET:
Johnny Mince
Pee Wee Russell
Tony Parenti
Kenny Davern
Bob Wilber
Edmond Hall
Herb Hall
Stan Rubin
Ken Peplowski
Sol Yaged
Bobby Gordon
Joe Muranyi
Allan Vache
Dan Levinson
Joe Licari
Dan Block
Russ Whitman
Orange Kellin
Paul Hubble
 
SAXOPHONES:
Al Cohn
Benny Carter
Eddie Barefield
Earl Warren
Harry Allen
Scott Hamilton
Al Klink
Bob Kindred
Al Gallidoro
Dean Kincaide
Sam Parkins
Sam Margolis
Rudy Powell
Scott Robinson
Eddie Chamblee
Don Glasser
Mike Hashim
Mark Lopeman
Chuck Wilson
Ted Nash
 
PIANO:
Dave Frishberg
Dave McKenna
Claude Hopkins
Cliff Jackson
Dick Wellstood
Ray Bryant
John Bunch
Marion McPartland
Butch Thompson
Art Hodes
Bernie Leighton
Eddie Wilcox
Marty Napoleon
Joe Raposo
Sammy Price
Dill Jones
Mark Shane
John Sheridan
Terry Waldo
Henry Thins Francis
Chuck Folds
Red Richards
Tom Roberts
Robin Verdier
Bob Pilsbury
Dave Boeddinghaus
Keith Ingham
Cyril Haynes
Bobby Pratt
John Harbison
 
BASS:
Arvell Shaw
Milt Hinton
Gene Ramey
Bob Haggart
Theo Wilson
Keeter Betts
Al Hall
Major Holley
Vince Giordano
Billy Krank
Bill Crow
Linc Milliman
Mike Weatherly
Bill Conway
Frank Tate
Jay Leonhart
Greg Cohen
Brian Glassman
 
GUITAR:
Eddie Condon
Carl Kress
Howard Alden
Al Casey
Wayne Wright
Marty Grosz
Frank Vignola
James Chirillo
Joe Cohn
Jimmy Mazzy
Matt Munisteri
Chris Flory
 
DRUMS:
Gene Krupa
Jake Hanna
Cliff Leeman
Buzzy Drootin
Eddie Locke
Connie Kay
Panama Francis
Jackie Williams
Mousey Alexander
Freddy Moore
Tommy Benford
Barrett Deems
Sonny Greer
Gus Johnson
Zutty Singleton
Alan Dawson
Johnny Blowers
Morey Feld
Bobby Rosengarden
Butch Miles
Brooks Tegler
Chuck Riggs
Robbie Scott
 
SINGERS:
Jimmy Rushing
Helen Humes
Carrie Smith
Maxine Sullivan
Banu Gibson
Terry Blaine
Carol Leigh
Paula Lockheart
Cynthia Sayer
Judy-Marie Canterino
Linda Ipanema


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