Dr. Robert A. Gardiner is a Professor of Music at Lander University in Greenwood, South Carolina. He conducts the jazz ensemble and teaches applied saxophone, jazz improvisation, and courses in music education. Robert recently released his first recording, ‘Soul of Confidence,’ a CD of original compositions featuring his jazz quartet, which performs every Friday at Pearlz Upstairz and every Saturday at the Speakeasy in downtown Columbia. You are cordially invited to attend. As a freelance musician, he has shared the stage with a number of well-known artists and groups such as Aretha Franklin, The Four Tops, Tommy Dorsey, and the Charleston Symphony.