Acclaimed singer Hilary Gardner grew up in Wasilla, Alaska infatuated with New York City. In 2010, Hilary was chosen by the Frank Sinatra estate to appear as the live, onstage singer in Tony-award winner Twyla Tharp’s Come Fly Away. Backed by a 19-piece big band, Hilary sang solos and duets with Frank Sinatra in a performance hailed by critics as “wonderful” (Huffington Post), “elegant” (USA Today), and “terrific” (New York Observer).
Her solo recording debut The Great City is part love letter, part lament to New York and the big dreams it represents. The album has garnered effusive praise from New York’s jazz community, including Will Friedwald (Wall St. Journal) and Terry Teachout (Arts Journal, Wall St. Journal).
released September 30, 2014
Hilary Gardner: Vocals
Tatum Greenblatt: Trumpet
Jason Marshall: Tenor Saxophone
Ehud Asherie: Piano
Jon Cowherd: Hammond C-3 Organ
Randy Napoleon: Guitar
Elias Bailey: Acoustic Bass
Jerome Jennings: Drums
Recorded and Mixed by Joe Marciano at Systems Two Recording Studio, Brooklyn, NY
Assisted by Max Ross & Zak Kazanski
Mastered by Gene Paul at G&J Audio