Caz Gardiner, 2019 Wammie (Washington DC Area Music Association) nominee for best Soul Artist/Group, grew up listening to jazz, Caribbean music, soul, blues, rock, mod and punk. Caz is a high energy performer who writes songs of overcoming struggles and celebrating life with a Soul Rock and Reggae sound that is as diverse and driving as she is.
In her career, Caz has shared the stage with Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Lee Fields and the Impressions, The London Souls, The Selecter, Don Bryant and Nikki Hill.
Starting her music career in the 1990’s as the front woman of the Soul/Ska band The Checkered Cabs, Caz was later the lead singer of the Rock/Soul band The Ambitions and after that the Rocksteady band Caz and The Day Laborers finally deciding that she wanted to break free of the band dynamic by starting her own self titled band. Caz has also performed in several projects outside of her own band. She has performed with the BandHouse Gigs, Newmyer Flyer productions, Beat Hotel, Soul Crackers, Caz Gardiner and the Badasonics, Caz and The Commotions, Victor Rice Octet and The New York Ska Jazz Ensemble.
In 2007 her band The Ambitions were nominated for a Wammie (Washington Area Music Association) in the best new band category. In 2009 she was nominated for a Wammie in the best traditional blues/RnB vocalist category for her work with Caz and The Commotions. In 2019, after creating her self titled band, Caz was nominated for a Wammie for best soul artist/group.
Caz has recorded and performed throughout the US, South America and parts of Europe.