Chicago-born jazz trumpeter who has played with some of jazz's most popular groups, such as the
He picked up trumpet at age nine and became a local sensation upon moving to New York City in 1991.
His own group, Derrick Gardner & the Jazz Prophets, won the Independent Music Award for Best Jazz Album for their 2009 album "Echoes of Ethnicity".
His mother Effie is a classically-trained musician who earned her doctorate from Michigan State University.
He has worked with a long list of collaborators, including saxophone legend James Moody.