Zakkary Garner is a jazz musician, composer, and music educator currently based in Ponchatoula, Louisiana. He completed his undergraduate degree in music education at Southeastern Louisiana University and his master’s degree in jazz studies at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Zakk has performed with artists such as Ellis, Branford, and Delfeayo Marsalis, Wessell “Warmdaddy” Anderson, Wycliffe Gordon, Herlin Riley, Victor Goines, David Torkanowsky, Bobby Broom, James Carter, Ari Brown, Stephanie and Marlon Jordan, Ernie Adams, and many more. He has also toured nationally and recorded two albums as a guitarist with Louisiana’s own, “Tyler Kinchen and The Right Pieces”. Most recently Garner made his international debut at the 2017 JazzIt Festival in Feltre, Italy, where he performed with Chicago based jazz pianist Julius Tucker and the legendary Italian jazz musician, “Maestro” Enrico Intra.
Zakk holds the positions of Gifted and Talented Music Instructor for Tangipahoa Parish and Instructor of Jazz Saxophone and Combo at the Louisiana Academy of Performing Arts while maintaining a very active performing career as a bandleader and sideman. Garner’s debut album, “Humble Ambition”, is set to release in the summer of 2018.