“Still I Rise” is dedicated to the great African-American poet, singer, actor, and civil rights activist Maya Angelou. This powerful poem basically describes the plight and resilience of African-Americans, from the times of slavery through emancipation, Reconstruction, Jim Crow, the civil rights era, and up to today. When Angelou died in 2014, this melody popped…Continue reading VIDEO: “Still I Rise” by Derrick E. Gardner & The Big dig! Band
“Melody for Trayvon” is dedicated to the African-American teen Trayvon Martin, whose senseless slaying in a neighbourhood watch fiasco in Florida in 2012 initiated a firestorm of riots and protests over gun violence. As a composer and a student of human history, I see my music as a kind of activism. I’m invoking sadness, solemnity,…Continue reading VIDEO: Derrick Gardner & The Big dig! Band – Melody For Trayvon
“Your art is your reflection of the times” ~ Professor Derrick Gardner. The NEW ALBUM ‘Compared To What’ will release in October of 2016 after several years in the making.