Derrick Gardner: Performer, composer and veteran of the Count Basie Orchestra and the great groups of Harry Connick Jr., Derrick Gardner has worked with artists such as Dizzy Gillespie, George Benson, Frank Foster and Tony Bennet to name a few. Derrick’s recently formed 18-piece Big Dig! Band recorded Still I Rise (Impact Jazz) – a powerful and explosive album, released in July 2020 that spent over thirty weeks in the JazzWeek Top 50 charts.
“The blues, post-bop and swing will blow your mind. Period. It doesn’t let up.” – Mike Greenblatt on Still I Rise, Goldmine Magazine
“Still I Rise is a sleek, powerful, gorgeous project, and under all the brilliance is a driving energy which is both musical and political. Buckle up—this ride is real!” — Charlene Diehl Associate editor, dig! Magazine