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NIMA Presents: Vincent Gardner & Belinda Munro @ The Underground
August 29, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm$10 - $15
Vincent Gardner, winner of the 2014 DOWNBEAT “Rising Star” Critic’s Poll for Trombone (and 2014 DOWNBEAT “Rising Star” Critic’s Poll Nominee for Male Vocalist ) is a musician and composer born in Chicago, Illinois. As a bandleader, Gardner has released four albums under the SteepleChase record label. He performs with his own groups frequently, in addition to being the lead trombonist for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (which also features Wynton Marsalis). Gardner also performs often with his brother, trumpeter Derrick Gardner and his ensemble, The Jazz Prophets.
Being born into a musical family in which both his father, Burgess Gardner, a trumpeter who has played with many groups including Ray Charles, Count Basie, and Horace Silver, and his mother, a pianist and choir director, are both music educators, Gardner was surrounded by music at an early age.
In 1996, Gardner obtained an undergraduate degree in Jazz Trombone Performance. He then moved to Brooklyn, New York to pursue his musical career, subsequently performing with several notable ensembles and musicians, including The Count Basie Orchestra, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, Illinois Jacquet, The Saturday Night Live Band, Matchbox 20, Clark Terry, Jimmy Heath, and Frank Foster. From 1998 through 2000, Gardner toured with Lauryn Hill, in support of her (5) time Grammy-award winning album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Later in 2000 Gardner joined The Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, with which he continues to perform. In 2013 Vincent Gardner was appointed Director of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Orchestra, and actively engages in working with young musicians internationally as part of that initiative.
Belinda Munro is a multi-talented singer, songwriter, actress, model, and motivational speaker who ignites the unspoken with her grace and dynamic presence. Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, to Grenadian parents, Belinda takes great pride in her Canadian-Caribbean heritage.
Belinda’s musical talents have taken her across Canada, the U.S.A, the Caribbean and Europe, sharing stages with countless international artists such as, Luciano Pavarotti, Celine Dion, Andre Rieu, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Shirley Murdoch, Glen Lewis, N’dea Davenport, Kelly Price, and Mary J Blige to name a few.
From 2002-2006, Belinda dazzled the crowds across Europe as a Featured singer in “For Better Times” , “Happiness”, “Say Yes” and “The Power of Soul” European Tours with the HARLEM GOSPEL SINGERS.
In 2006-2007, Belinda signed with Disney Creative Entertainment, landing the role of Calliope in Hercules, Nala in the Lion King, Circle of Life singer and the Tarzan Vocalist, which were previously played by American Dreamgirl, Jennifer Hudson aboard the Disney Wonder.
Various life experiences have left Belinda wanting to share with the world something from her heart. Because of her passion for young women, She has decided to use her musical platform as an opportunity to launch the I AM (It’s About Me) Movement to raise awareness of low self esteem among teens. Through her grace and beauty, Belinda strives to inspire and uplift the spirits of all she comes in contact with.
“I want people to experience my music as I do, which is positive music for the soul. Despite all the obstacles and oppositions I have come up against, I’ve come too far to even think of giving it all up!”
Vincent Gardner (US) – Trombone
Belinda Munro (US) – Vocals
John Harkins – Piano
Brendan Clarke – Bass
Aaron Jansz – Drums
Doors Open: 7:30pm