Chuck Gardner

Charles V. “Chuck” Gardner, originally from Iowa, has been a force on the Oklahoma jazz scene since 1992, when he began producing and performing in shows for the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, bringing to those gigs a wealth of musical experience that began when he joined an Iowa dance band at the age of 15. As an Air Force musician, he accompanied the likes of Nancy Wilson, Hoagy Carmichael, and Mel Torme; appeared on national television programs; produced recordings for Armed Forces Radio; and even performed as a soloist with the NORAD Command Band at Carnegie Hall.   He and his vocalist-bassist wife, Sandy—whose hometown is Tulsa—have also appeared together in major nightclubs and other venues across the country. 

Gardner was inducted into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame in 2013.