Earl Gardner (musician)

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Earl Gardner
Born (1950-04-19) April 19, 1950 (age 71)
New York City, New York, United States
Associated actsThe Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra

Earl Wesley Gardner, Jr. (born April 19, 1950 in New York City) 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. He has later joined Carla Bleys Big Band.


With Carla Bley

With George Benson

With Angela Bofill

With David Bowie

With David Byrne

With Casiopea

With Hank Crawford

With Robin Eubanks

With Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra

With Tom Harrell

With Joe Henderson

With Dave Holland

With James Ingram

With Branford Marsalis

With John Scofield

With Zoot Sims and the Benny Carter Orchestra

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

With Bob Stewart

With The Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra

With Stanley Turrentine

With McCoy Tyner


  1. ^ Feather, Leonard & Gitler, Ira The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz Oxford University Press US, 2007 ISBN 9780195320008