Derrick formed his own sextet, The Jazz Prophets, in 1991, and 18 years later it continues to be the primary vehicle of his distinctive, hard-driving music. Derrick's latest recording by The Jazz Prophets, Echoes of Ethnicity marks his second Owl Studios label release. Like A Ride to the Other Side.., his highly regarded first recording for the Owl Studios label, Echoes of Ethnicity bubbles with the long-standing collective's sheer love of the soulful, funky jazz sound for which Cannonball Adderley and Horace Silver built solid foundations with their 1950s and '60s ensembles. Only they're taking that sound into a new and invigorating territory. The band's three-man horn line, consisting of Derrick, tenor sax player Rob Dixon and Derrick's brother, trombonist Vincent Gardner of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, has been together since the beginning. Echoes of Ethnicity adds alto saxophonist Brad Leali and Jason Marshall on baritone saxophone to expand the front horn line to five.
The Independent Music Awards (http://www.independentmusicawards.com/ima/) is a prestigious international program that awards top-ranked independent artists and albums the recognition they need to reach millions of fans worldwide. Now in its 9th year, the IMAs honor artists who broaden the definition of commercial success & represent the diversity of the global Indie scene. Independent artists from 6 continents and more than 75 countries (even Greenland!) participated in The 9th IMAs, making 2009/2010 a record year indeed. The diversity of talent is astounding and truly reflects the broad spectrum of the global independent music scene.
While we anxiously await the results from the judges of the Independent Music Awards, the voting has begun for the 'People's Choice' (IMA Vox Pop) poll. While the results of this 'People's Choice' poll will not affect the judges decision, these IMA Vox Pop Winners will benefit from special marketing support from the IMAs. The Judge-determined Independent Music Awards Winners will be announced in January; the fan-selected Vox Pop Winners will be announced in June. To vote for Derrick Gardner simply copy and paste this link, register and go to the Jazz Album and Jazz Song categories and submit a vote for Derrick Gardner & The Jazz Prophets (http://www.independentmusicawards.com/imafinalist/Login.aspx?maincat=9&yr=2010&scat=10)
For more information on Owl Studios and Derrick Gardner please visit the Owl Studios website: www.owlstudios.com
About Owl Studios: Indianapolis-based Owl Studios is an independent record label dedicated to a financial and artistic partnership with highly creative, talented musicians. In the short time since its inception, Owl Studios has become a well-respected, artist- friendly, independent record label in the genres of Jazz, R&B/Soul, and Fusion/Jam Band. The label includes established artists that have made names for themselves performing throughout the world. In addition to their reputations as composers, performers and arrangers, many of our artists are also educators at top music institutions. Owl Studios artists also boast award winners, including a Grammy nomination; jazz historian/ arranger/ conductor for the Smithsonian Institute; winner of the Independent Music Awards; winner of the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Performer Award; winner of the Grand Prize for the American Pianists' Association Jazz Piano competition; and the music director for the award- winning, nationally syndicated Bob & Tom morning radio program.
Label Contact: Matthew D. Altizer