Tariq Gardner, an electrifying drummer, composer and educator from Detroit who has his roots in Detroit’s rich and storied jazz tradition. He was brought up in the music by his mother, bassist, Marion Hayden, who greatly impacted his musical knowledge and instinct. A broad lover of music, Tariq is driven to bring the worlds of Jazz, Neo-Soul,Hip-Hop, and live instrument oriented music together in the city. “Detroit’s been a musical haven for too many people to only be known for Motown”-Gardner
A 2018 graduate of the University of Michigan’s Jazz Studies program, Tariq has served as the Drummer for the John Douglas Quartet from 2017-19, led groups at the Charles H. Wright Museums African World Fest in both 2017 and 2018, has performed with the Detroit Jazz Fest All Star Alumni Band (a three month residency featuring pianist Cameron Graves) and at the Cape May Jazz Festival (2019), and continues to work as a drummer, composer, and bandleader for major events in and around Detroit (including his own group the Evening Star).