Project Description

Chris Parker (Drums) 

Chris Parker is a freelance musician and music educator from the Bloomington/Indianapolis Indiana areas. As a jazz drummer, he has performed with Jamey Aebersold, Greg Abate, Jim Snidero, Dave Stryker, Charlie Ballantine, Roger Pemberton, Frank Glover, Monika Herzig, and many others. Chris maintains a weekly private teaching schedule in addition to performing regularly. He has a newly released studio album under his name, “Moving Forward Now”. The record features Parker’s arrangements and compositions played by some of the Midwest’s finest jazz musicians; it is available on most online music platforms. 


Jesse Wittman (Bass)

Jesse Wittman is an upright bassist, composer, and educator based in Indianapolis, IN.  He has performed with Frank Glover, Matt Pivec, Rob Dixon, Charlie Ballantine, and countless other.  Jesse also teaches jazz bass at Butler University and hold a masters degree in composition.  Some of his original works can be heard on Matt Pivec’s album ‘Time and Direction’


Amanda Gardier (Saxophone)

Jazz saxophonist, woodwind specialist, and music educator Amanda Gardier is based out of Indianapolis, IN, where she performs regularly as a bandleader, a session musician, pit musician, and sideman. Amanda is a frequent performer at notable venues including The Jazz Kitchen (Indianapolis), Andy’s Jazz Club (Chicago), Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre(Carmel), and the Chatterbox (Indianapolis). She has performed at a variety of festivals including the Indianapolis Jazz Festival, Bloomington Jazz Festival, Penrod Art Festival, Fountain Square Music Festival, and more. Amanda performed for the Walt Disney Company as a member of the 2012 Disneyland All-American College Band. She has also performed for Holland-America Cruise Lines, Birch Creek Music Performance Center, Cardinal Stage Company, and Wood & Rodin Music Production. Throughout her career, Amanda has performed with Ingrid Jensen, Dave Stryker, Leni Stern, Wayne Wallace, Wess “Warmdaddy” Anderson, Jamie Baum, Tom Garling, Rosa Avila, Sal Lozano, and the Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra.