About

Gianni Gardner

Guitarist, Composer and Educator

Gianni Gardner is a New York based jazz guitarist originally from West Hartford, Connecticut. 

Gianni graduated from two renowned high school "jazz meccas”, Hall High School in West Hartford and the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, where he began studying Jazz with the local legendary guitarist Doug Maher, vocalist Dianne Mower, and saxophonist Dan O'Brien.

In 2021, Gianni earned a bachelor's degree from Western Connecticut State University where he studied with Christopher Morrison, Jimmy Greene, Jamie Begian, Andrew Beals, Dave Scott, Deborah Weisz, Jumaane Smith, and Jeff "Siege" Siegal.

In October 2021, Gianni made the decision to further his music career in New York City. As of September 2022, he currently pursues graduate studies at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music to refine his skills and share his love and dedication to composing, performing, and teaching. During his time at Manhattan School of Music, he has studied with guitarist Chris Rosenberg, as well as guitarist Mike Moreno, trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, percussionist Rogerio Boccato, bassist John Benitez, pianist Phil Markowitz, saxophonist Dayna Stephens, and pianist Marc Cary, as well as many others who are shaping and influencing the way Gianni tells his story. 

Gianni has performed at renowned venues/events such as The Side Door Jazz Club in Old Lyme, CT,  Black Eyed Sally's in Hartford, CT,  The Greater Hartford Jazz Festival, Paul Brown Jazz Series at Bushnell Park, The Iridium, The Django,  Lincoln Center's Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, and Birdland Jazz Club. As of 2022, he is the guitarist in Sean Nelson's New London Big Band. He also leads his own bands, and performs regularly with musicians throughout New York, and Connecticut.

Shows

Previous events

Date Event Location
Gianni Gardner Quintet at Hartford Public Library's Baby Grand Jazz Series 2024 Hartford Public Library, Hartford, CT Hartford Public Library, Hartford, CT
Gianni Gardner Quartet at Penny Jo's Uptown Penny Jo's Uptown, New York, New York Penny Jo's Uptown, New York, New York
Gianni Gardner Quintet Performs for The CT Guitar Society Windsor Art Center , Windsor, CT Windsor Art Center , Windsor, CT
Gianni Gardner Trio Hosts Jam Session at Three Sheets, New Haven Three Sheets, New Haven, CT Three Sheets, New Haven, CT
With Manhattan School of Music Jazz Ensemble at Verdi Square Festival Of The Arts Verdi Square, New York, NY Verdi Square, New York, NY
With Ed Fast and Conga Bop at St John's Episcopal Church St John's Episcopal Church, West Hartford, CT St John's Episcopal Church, West Hartford, CT
With Rahul Shah at O'Tooles Way O'Tooles Way, New York, NY O'Tooles Way, New York, NY
With Rahul Shah at O'Tooles Way O'Tooles Way, New York, NY O'Tooles Way, New York, NY
With Mackenzie McCarthy Quartet at Broadway Dive Broadway Dive, New York, NY Broadway Dive, New York, NY
With New London Big Band at Birdland Jazz Club NYC Birdland Jazz Club, New York, NY Birdland Jazz Club, New York, NY
With New London Big Band at The Garde Arts Center The Garde Arts Center, New London, CT The Garde Arts Center, New London, CT
With New London Big Band at The Social Bar & Kitchen The Social Bar + Kitchen, New London, CT The Social Bar + Kitchen, New London, CT
With New London Big Band at Sailfest, New London Parade Plaza, New London, CT Parade Plaza, New London, CT
With KC Sisters at Ogontz White Mountains Ogontz White Mountains, Lyman, New Hampshire Ogontz White Mountains, Lyman, New Hampshire
With New London Big Band at The Social Bar & Kitchen The Social Bar + Kitchen, New London, CT The Social Bar + Kitchen, New London, CT
With The KC Sisters at International Festival of Arts and Ideas New Haven Green, New Haven, CT New Haven Green, New Haven, CT
With Ed Fast and Conga Bop at Butler McCook House Make Music Day 2023 Butler McCook House and Garden, Hartford, CT Butler McCook House and Garden, Hartford, CT
With New London Big Band at Christ Church Cathedral Christ Church Cathedral, Hartford, CT Christ Church Cathedral, Hartford, CT
Gianni Gardner Trio at Penny Jo's Penny Jo's Uptown, New York, New York Penny Jo's Uptown, New York, New York
Private Party with New London Big Band