Melissa Gardiner .
Trombonist and vocalist Melissa Gardiner (Vulfpeck) is celebrating the release of her sophomore album, EMPOWERED, with her band MG3 featuring Andrew Carroll on organ/keys and Byron Cage on drumset. EMPOWERED gives a voice to women who work in typically male dominated industries. Gardiner references potent personal experiences through original music. Her narrative addresses topics like first impressions, workplace harassment, the glass ceiling, domestic violence, recovery, perfectionism, mentorship, leadership, and motherhood. With single releases premiered in Jazziz and NextBop, EMPOWERED features prominent jazzwomen Ingrid Jensen, and saxophonist Tia Fuller (Beyonce).
With added influence from the blues, gospel, soul, neo-soul, R&B, funk, and fusion, MG3’s diverse repertoire that focuses on a strong groove, combined with creative reharmonization and beautiful soaring melodies. MG3 won first place in the 2018 Bucharest International Jazz Competition, one of the top rated jazz competitions in Europe.
Melissa Gardiner has performed with several legendary musicians including Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, Geri Allen, Wycliffe Gordon, Arturo O’Farrill’s Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, Dave Matthews Band, and Vulfpeck. In addition to an active performance career, Gardiner has teaching credentials at Syracuse University, Le Moyne College and Cornell University. Last year, she was inducted into the Liverpool High School Fine Arts Hall of Fame and this year into the SAMMY Hall of Fame as Educator of the Year. Gardiner received her BFA from The University of Michigan and MM from The Juilliard School. She is a BAC artist and plays a BAC Custom Trombone.