By Bruce Warren

Saxophonist Tia Fuller and Don Gardner | Courtesy of the artist

Philadelphia jazz musician, educator, leader and Executive Director of the Philadelphia Clef Club, Don Gardner, is receiving the Jazz Journalists Association 2016 Jazz Hero Award as part of Jazz Appreciation Month in Philadelphia.

Since 1985, Don Gardner has been in the leadership and management of the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz, wearing a number of hats at the prestigious arts institution. Don has done everything from digging the club’s foundation to being chief maintenance man to serving as President. Born in Philadelphia, Gardner began his musical career in 1947, while …read more