By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – American pianist-composer Jeff Gardner will bring his varied repertoire of contemporary, jazz, bossa nova and classical music to Leblon's Midrash tonight, August 6th, starting at 9PM. Born in New York, U.S., Gardner has been living, playing and composing in Brazil since 2002.

Influenced by the sounds of his surroundings for the last decade, Gardner has received classical piano training from teachers Ruth Schontal and Ivan Tcherepnin. Additionally, he studied

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