A 6th-generation native of New Orleans’s Lower 9th Ward, GRAMMY-nominated multi-instrumentalist and composer Gladney is one of the foremost creatives of his hometown and a leading contemporary exponent of the saxophone.
Having performed and traveled professionally since the age of 12, Gladney is a graduate of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), later earning his Bachelor's of Arts from the New School for Contemporary Music. While at NOCCA, Gladney was chosen to be a part of the now Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz (then Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz) All-Star group where he traveled to high schools around the country educating through jazz “informances” alongside Jazz luminaries Lisa Henry and Antonio Hart. During this time, Gladney had the distinct honor and privilege of performing at the White House during the Obama administration.
Gladney has been featured on stages around the world with many musicians including Jonathan Batiste, Ellis Marsalis, George Duke, Branford Marsalis, Delfeayo Marsalis, Davell Crawford, Dr. John and Solange.
Gladney is currently enjoying a tenure as a featured saxophonist in the Jake Shears Band (leader of internationally-acclaimed alt-pop band Scissor Sisters) which has appeared on the Seth Meyers show, the Kelly & Ryan show and the Graham Norton show with tours of America and the UK, and most recently of Australia supporting Kylie Minogue. Gladney also plays saxophone, tambourine and sings with GRAMMY-nominated New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian funk band Cha Wa. Gladney can be heard on recordings by Max Moran & Neospectric, Noah Young Band, Germaine Bazzle & Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, where he is featured on the GRAMMY-nominated album "The Emancipation Procrastination". Along with his work as a sideman, Gladney leads his own self-titled band and is preparing to release his debut EP in 2021.