Earl Gardner (musician)

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Not to be confused with Derrick Gardner.

Earl Wesley Gardner, Jr. (born NYC, April 19, 1950) is an American jazz trumpeter.[1] He is probably best known for his stint in the house band on Saturday Night Live, a chair he has held since 1985.

In 1976, he joined The Thad Jones/ Mel Lewis Orchestra.


With Robin Eubanks

With Zoot Sims and the Benny Carter Orchestra

  • Passion Flower: Zoot Sims Plays Duke Ellington (1979)

With Bob Stewart

With Stanley Turrentine