Jeff Gardner was born in New York and moved to Brasil in 2002. After classical piano lessons with Ruth Schontal and Ivan Tcherepnin he studied jazz with Jaki Byard, Charles Banacos, Don Friedman and John Lewis, and harmony with Nadia Boulanger. He has performed with such musicians as Kenny Wheeler, Gary Peacock, Norma Winstone, Eddie Harris, Steve Lacy, Freddie Hubbard, Bob Sheppard, Rick Margitza, Nelson Veras, Dominique di Piazza, Paulo Moura, Lisa Ono, Clark Terry, Slide Hampton, Victor Assis Brasil, Dori Caymmi, Karim Ziad, Sheila Jordan, Ron McClure, Drew Gress, Ndugu Chancler, Dave Carpenter, Charlie Mariano, André Ceccarelli, Riccardo del Fra, Hein van de Geyn, Lars Daniellson, and the piano quartet with Jaki Byard, Martial Solal, and Paul Bley.
Jeff's 17 CD's as a leader include Spirit Call (solo), Continuum, with Eddie Gomez and Billy Hart, Alchemy, with Gary Peacock, Second Home, with Rick Margitza, Sky Dance (recorded in Rio de Janeiro) with Gilberto Gil, Carlos Malta, Nivaldo Ornellas, Mou Brasil, Artur Maia, etc. and Noches Habaneras, recorded in Havana, Cuba, with Anga, Maraca, Julio Barreto, Diego Valdez, and Felipe Cabrera. Jeff's CD, The Music of Chance is a collection of music inspired by the writings of Paul Auster and features Rick Margitza, Ingrid Jensen, and Drew Gress. Other recent recordings include Street Angels, also recorded in Rio with Marcos Suzano, Marcelo Martins, Alexandre Carvalho, Jorge Helder, etc. Grace with David Friesen, and Abraços, with Carlos Balla and Alberto Continentino. His CD's Breath and Lovelight (Terramar), feature Jeff's New York based trio with Drew Gress and Anthony Pinciotti. Jeff is a versatile musician, equally at home with jazz, new music (his duo with Andrew Schloss on radio drum), and Brazilian sounds. He recently wrote and performed his first piano concerto, Voltas, in Sao Caetano do Sul (Brasil). Upcoming releases include 24 Jazz Preludes for solo piano as well as a CD of Jeff's chorinhos - Chorando Jazz, with cutting edge young Brazilian musicians Sergio Krakowski - pandeiro, Luis Barcelos - bandolim, and young phenom Pedrinho Franco - 7-string guitar. Jeff has just released a duo CD of his original compositions and lyrics, Home is a River, with the amazing Brazilian singer Jane Duboc.
Active in jazz education, Jeff has given workshops in many different countries and is the author of Jazz Piano: Creative Concepts and Techniques, Sentimento Brasileiro, Blues Book, Easy Jazz Preludes, and Shapes (all published by Editions H. Lemoine), 24 Jazz Preludes (Terramar Music), and co-author with Niels Lan Doky of Jazz Transcription (Advance Music).