Amanda Gardier

Saxophonist  |  Recording Artist  |  Composer


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“It's easy to settle into the lustrous tones and elegant structures in her compositions.”

-Suzanne Lorge 


All About Jazz

Empathy is a debut with a lot of something for everyone. And that in and of itself is no small feat."

"With a clear sense of composition and where her own fluid voice, and those of her superb surrounding musicians, fall within the whole, Indiana-based alto saxophonist Amanda Gardier opens [with] her debut disc, Empathy."

-Mike Jurkovic 



Jazz Weekly

“Gardier's tone is rich, breathy and filled with feeling.”

-George W. Harris 



“A uniquely talented jazz composer and soloist."

"Empathy is packed with standout moments."

-Kyle Long 


The Musical Box

"An instrumental voice that was subtle, tasteful and a touch restless."

-Walter Tunis 


Pop Culture Classics

“Her Tunes are diverse and delectable.”

"Gardier's alto sax work...drives the sound, bringing [Empathy] its soulful, emotional center." 

-Paul Freeman 



“Gardier's phrasing is so well defined and clear that words almost emerge in your minds ear. That is what I think of when I hear "the voice" of an artists."


Midwest Record

"This is what happens when you turn someone loose to make art and the results work." 

-Chris Spector 


“Charmingly direct solos on alto and flute”

-Hobard Taylor


Indianapolis Star

“You won’t overlook [the] skills or the talents of alto saxophone player Amanda Gardier”

-David Lindquist 


Blog Critics

“Fine alto sax work from Gardier”  

-Jack Goodstein


Sea of Tranquility
“[Gardier’s] sax solo on “Hallelujah” is absolutely gorgeous."

– Jon Neudorf




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Saxophonist, recording artist, and composer Amanda Gardier has been described as “a uniquely talented jazz composer and soloist” (Nuvo). With influences stemming from Miguel Zenon, The Bad Plus, Walter Smith III, and Bjork, Gardier is an alto saxophonist who juxtaposes the calmness of lush harmonies and cyclical melodies with the intensity of complex rhythms and fiery improvisation. Her first release with Green Mind Records, Empathy, is “a debut with a lot of something for everyone” (All About Jazz). Comprised of an eclectic collection of original music, and brought to life by a distinctive Indianapolis-based quintet, Empathy reveals Gardier’s refined compositional sense and lyrical tone. “It's easy to settle into the lustrous tones and elegant structures in her compositions” (Downbeat). 


Amanda has performed at notable venues and music festivals across North America, including The Jazz Kitchen (Indianapolis), Andy's Jazz Club (Chicago), Cliff Bell's (Detroit), The Jazz Estate (Milwaukee), Kerrytown Concert House (Ann Arbor), Palladium (Carmel), Indianapolis Jazz Festival, Winnipeg International Jazz Festival, Elkhart Jazz Festival, Fountain Square Music Festival, and more. She has also performed for the Walt Disney Company, 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, Wes "Warmdaddy" Anderson, Jamie Baum, Sal Lozano, and has been a featured performer on all four releases by the Charlie Ballantine Group--Life is Brief: The Music of Bob Dylan (2018), Where is My Mind? (2017), Providence (2016), and Green (2015). In addition to maintaining an active performance schedule, Gardier is the Instructor of Jazz Saxophone at Ball State University in Muncie, IN.

Upcoming Performances

Oct. 18th, 2019

Origins Jazz Series (Lexington, KY)

Amanda Gardier Quartet


Nov. 3rd, 2019

The Chatterbox

Jesse Wittman Quartet

Nov. 8th, 2019

The Chatternox

Charlie Ballantine Group

Nov. 13th, 2019

The Jazz Kitchen

Charlie Ballantine Group 

Nov. 14th, 2019

Butler University

Guest Artist

Nov. 15th, 2019

Jazz Up Front (Bloomington, IL)

Charlie Ballantine Group

Nov. 16th, 2019

Jewell (Omaha, NE)

Charlie Ballantine Group

Nov. 19th, 2019

Filament (Columbus, OH)

Charlie Ballantine Group

Nov. 20th, 2019

Nighttown (Cleveland, OH)

Charlie Ballantine Group

Nov. 22nd, 2019

Jazz at the Loft (Buffalo, NY)

Charlie Ballantine Group


Indianapolis, IN, USA

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