Growing up listening to jazz, Caribbean music, soul, blues, rock, mod and punk, Caz Gardiner is a high energy performer who writes songs of overcoming struggles and celebrating life with a soulful rock and reggae sound that is as diverse and driving as she is.
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 can do it all herself with 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 2008 her band The Ambitions were nominated for a Wammie (Washington Area Music Association) in the best new band category and in 2010 she was nominated for a Wammie in the best traditional blues/RnB vocalist category for her work with Caz and The Commotions. Caz opened for both Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, and Lee Fields and the Impressions while performing with The Ambitions.
Caz has recorded and performed throughout the US, South America and parts of Europe.