Soon after moving to New York in 1963 Herb Gardner began touring with Wild Bill Davison, Kenny Davern and Dick Wellstood as well as becoming a regular at the Metropole, Jimmy Ryan's and Eddie Condon's nightclubs. During the '60's and 70's he appeared with virtually all of the classic jazz musicians in the New York City area such as Roy Eldridge, Gene Krupa, Henry "Red" Allen, Bobby Hackett, Jimmy Rushing, Doc Cheatham, Max Kaminsky and even Wingy Manone.
For many years he served as co-leader of Vince Giordano's Nighthawks, playing for the inauguration of George Bush, Bill Clinton's victory party and countless other society affairs. In June, 1997 he conducted the "Big Broadcasters" in the opening concert of the New York City JVC Jazz festival.
Through his association with Al "Jazzbeaux" Collins and the Smith Street Society Jazz Band, Herb has written the music and words to many specialty songs heard regularly on New York radio, including "Jazzbeaux's Time of Night" and theme songs for many other radio personalities.
His CD, "Groundhog's Day", featuring 14 original songs and several Jazz Age classics is available from OKOM records at 800-546-6075 or on the web at www.herb-gardner.com.
Come visit a world of lusty woodchucks and fashion-challenged tourists where "Staten Island" is a question and "Yonz Gonz Galookis" is the answer to everything!
This unique collection contains fourteen of Herb Gardner's fiercely imaginative original creations, including the broadcast versions of "Jazzbeaux's Time of Night" and several other disc jockey themes heard regularly on nationwide radio.
These and ten more great songs of the Jazz Age all combine with the driving beat of the powerhouse Smith Street Society Jazz Band to produce a joyous CD you'll be happy to play over and over again!