University of Manitoba jazz trumpet instructor and Count Basie band alumnus Derrick Gardner was Neil Coligan's guest on Jazz After 9 this past Monday night.

Derrick talked to Neil about the Big dig! Band, a new community-based jazz orchestra that debuts this week. The band is the creation of dig! magazine and will be conducted by Derrick with Steve Kirby as the Artistic Director. The band is an opportunity for local jazz musicians to have their new compositions workshopped and performed. Watch Neil's extended interview with Derrick here!




The first performance will be this Thursday, January 15 at The Good Will Social Club, 625 Portage Avenue. The workshop set begins at 8 p.m. with the concert following at 9:30 p.m. Admission is $5 at the door.