Derrick Gardner

"My instructional philosophy for teaching jazz trumpet is built around two important rules. First, play the instrument correctly focusing on proper technique and moving the wind forward at all times; and second, apply this "forward moving wind" to jazz improvisation. This is easier said than done, which reveals that jazz improvisation on the trumpet has to have a "strategic focus on the WIND." With this strategic focus, your improvisational ideas will become a reality.The Desautels Faculty of Music was pleased to announce the appointment of jazz trumpeter Derrick Gardner to the Babs Asper Professorship in Jazz Performance, effective July 1, 2011."

DGMr. Gardner is internationally renowned as a performer and has an exceptional record as a dedicated and inspiring teacher at the post-secondary level. He brings to the Faculty over 20 years experience as a professional musician, teacher, composer, arranger, and producer. And he has performed at nearly every major national and international jazz festival.
"As the Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music continues to build an outstanding team, we are thrilled to welcome our newest colleague, Derrick Gardner, an exceptional artist and teacher,” says faculty dean Edmund Dawe.
Gardner has performed at many of the world’s premiere venues and with some of the biggest names in the history of jazz, including the Count Basie Orchestra, Frank Foster, Kenny Baron, Johnny Griffin, The Carnegie Hall Band, Stefan Harris, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Golson, The Mingus Dynasty Big Band, Slide Hampton, The Gerald Wilson Big Band, Jimmy Cobb, Cedar Walton, Lewis Nash, Jon Hendricks, Harry Connick Jr., Vanessa Rubin, James Moody, Jenna Freelon, and Jerry Dodgion. He has made television appearances with the Harry Connick Jr. Big Band on NBC, MSNBC, and ABC networks and with the Saturday Night Live Band on NBC.
Gardner holds a B.A. (Jazz Studies) from Hampton University, and a M.Mus. (Jazz Studies) from Rutgers University. He has served as an assistant professor of jazz trumpet and lecturer of jazz trumpet respectively on the jazz faculties of Michigan State University, Ohio State University and the New School for Social Research, and has had an active schedule as a clinician and guest artist throughout the USA and internationally. In addition he annually teaches masterclasses at the Generations International Jazz Workshop in Frauenfeld, Switzerland.

About The Babs Asper Professorship in Jazz Performance:
The Babs Asper Professorship in Jazz Performance is the first endowed Music Professorship in the history of the University of Manitoba, and was established with a generous $1 million gift from the Asper Family Foundation.  A successful fundraising campaign was also carried out by leading jazz supporters in Winnipeg to raise an additional $200,000 in support of the Professorship. This position will have a tremendous impact on all future generations of students at the Desautels Faculty of Music.

Performance Highlights  
Ongoing Research & Creative Activity




Awards and Recognition

B.Mus (Hampton)

Assistant Professor
Babs Asper Professorship in Jazz Trumpet


Teaching Activites:
Jazz Trumpet
Director University of Manitoba Jazz Orchestra
Jazz History

Room T337
Desautels Faculty of Music
University of Manitoba
136 Dafoe Rd.
Phone:  204.272.1673


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