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ONE SHOW ONLY: 7:00pm. The Gardening Club is a progressive psychedelic jazz fusion group based in Greenville South Carolina. Formed in 2019 The Gardening Club performs music that pushes the boundaries of the genre while redefining the limits of the banjo.
Founding Members Carson Moore and Miles Jernigan have been composing together for half a decade. Writing for the unexplored sonic timbre of the banjo in a traditional jazz setting, the two compose pieces that delve into an uncharted soundscape fusing two of the United States oldest musical genres, jazz and Appalachian folk. Having worked with a variety of artists such as but not limited to jazz guitar legend Mike Stern, two-time Grammy award winning percussionist Quentin Baxter and his band “Ranky Tanky”, and five time Grammy award winning saxophonist Chris Bullock, The Gardening Club exists in a soundscape at the forefront of jazz fusion blending a variety of different cultures and subgenres of jazz creating a sound that is uniquely our own. Their debut single features Mike Stern on an original collaboration “Flight 19” produced by Grammy award winning sound engineer Aki Nishimura. For the majority of 2022 The Gardening Club worked closely with Grammy Winning Gullah musician Quentin Baxter on a month-long jazz outreach concert series at the Tryon Fine Arts Center consisting of performances from both “The Gardening Club”, and “The Quentin Baxter Quintet” as well as multiple collaborations between the two groups. The series focused on showcasing, celebrating, and educating the local community on the history of African American jazz musicians from the Carolinas such as John Coltrane and Dizzy Gillespie highlighting the historical significance of their contributions to jazz.
Over the course of the last year The Gardening Club has toured across the American southeast performing at esteemed venues and festivals such as but not limited to Floyd Festival (VA), The Greenville Peace Center, The first annual Earl Scruggs Festival, The Piccolo Spoleto Festival, The Albino Skunk Festival, The Tryon Fine Arts Center, and a featured performance as the only jazz band admitted to the 2022 IBMA Wide Open Bluegrass Festival.