Melissa Gardiner & MG3: Empowered

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Thursday, August 22


  • Advance Sale: $15.00
  • At the Door: $20.00


A quick look into the Empowered album along with some footage from the show last week at @citywinerynyc! To hear the album live, join me at City Winery BOSTON on July 22! Details can be found on my Facebook page or on the @citywinerybos website. I can’t wait to share this in Boston with Tia Fuller!…#empoweredthealbum #jazz #jazztrombone #trombone #bostonjazz #femalejazzmusician #jazzmusic #coolisbac #albumrelease #releaseparty #listeningparty #boston #empowered

Posted by Melissa Gardiner – melissamaymusic on Thursday, July 11, 2019

Trombonist and vocalist Melissa Gardiner 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.

Trombonist Melissa Gardiner has shared the stage 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, who she will be joining next when they headline at Madison Square Garden in September 2019. As a bandleader, she performs regularly with her brass band Second Line Syracuse and her jazz organ trio, MG3, which won the Grand Prize at the 2018 International Jazz Competition in Bucharest, Romania. Joined by special guests Tia Fuller amd Ingrid Jensen, Gardiner is set to release her second album, Empowered on June 21, 2019. In addition to an active performance career, Gardiner is a trombone instructor at Le Moyne College and Cornell University. She is the director for the all-female Jazz Cats program at Opus Music. 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.

Openers: Way Off Bass Trio

Way Off Bass is: Miguel Gonzalez, piano ; Luke Hart, saxophone/guitar ; Jack Zizza, drums. Way Off Bass formed during the summer of 2018 after each of the members attended the CNY Jazz Workshop in Syracuse, NY. What started out as jam sessions focused on jazz and blues standards has quickly grown to include several notable songs, which include their signature tune, Strasbourg St. Denis. Way Off Bass has performed at the Stand by Me Cancer benefit, the Cayuga Records Release party, and has opened for jazz veterans Peter Mack and the Macktets. Due to the absence of a bass player, the group quickly decided to call themselves Way Off Bass. In addition to their jazz pursuits, each of the members has participated in the Exchange Street Records (ESR) program through the Auburn Public Theater. Mr. John Dare, of Dare Drums Studio, is currently mentoring the trio.


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