Melissa Gardiner: Rising Star of Trombone
February 26, 2015
Check out this recent feature in the International Musician about Melissa Gardiner, detailing her experiences navigating the Syracuse music scene, and the road to becoming a professional musician and educator.
March 11, 2015
In the jazz musician’s journey, student and professional, there is really nothing comparable to playing music with other people. As an opportunity that was once afforded to her as she was a developing jazz musician (in places like the former Coffee Pavilion and Happy Endings Cafe), but unfortunately no longer running, Melissa Gardiner will be starting up a weekly jazz jam session once again in downtown Syracuse. The jazz jams will have a full rhythm section and will be open to all ages, starting in May on Sundays from 3-5pm, at the new Funk ‘N Waffles downtown.
The goal is to create a platform where students can really develop their skills, and allow them an opportunity to perform alongside teachers, mentors, and role models. It is equally exciting for professionals to share the stage with the next generation of musicians. There are some incredible music programs in Central NY schools, and an experience like this can enhance those programs by allowing students to apply their knowledge and take it to the next level, alongside powerful mentors who “came up” in the same fashion, who we are lucky to have in CNY and do not even realize it at times.