Terry Gibbs

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Terry Gibbs
Terry Gibbs.jpg
Gibbs in Florida, 1975
Background information
Birth name Julius Gubenko
Born (1924-10-13) October 13, 1924 (age 91)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Vibraphone
Associated acts
Website www.terrygibbs.com
External video
Oral History, Terry Gibbs tells a fantastic story of the first time he found himself on stage with Lionel Hampton.” Interview date February 9, 2005, NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Oral History Library

Terry Gibbs (born Julius Gubenko; October 13, 1924) is an American jazz vibraphonist and band leader.[1]

He has performed and/or recorded with Tommy Dorsey, Chubby Jackson, Buddy Rich, Woody Herman, Benny Goodman, Louie Bellson, Charlie Shavers, Mel Tormé, Buddy DeFranco, and others. Gibbs also worked in the film and TV studios in Los Angeles.


In the 1950–1951 season, Gibbs was a popular guest on Star Time on the DuMont Television Network. Thereafter, he was a regular in 1953–1954 on NBC's Judge for Yourself.[2]

In the late 1950s, he appeared on NBC's The Steve Allen Show, on which he regularly played lively vibraphone duets with the entertainer and composer. In 1997, he appeared on Steve Allen's 75th Birthday Celebration on PBS. Gibbs was also the bandleader on the short-lived That Regis Philbin Show. As an instrumentalist, together with his big band, the Dream Band, Gibbs has won prestigious polls, such as those of Downbeat and Metronome.

The Music Stop[edit]

In the mid 1960s, Terry opened a music store in Canoga Park, CA together with former Benny Goodman drummer Mel Zelnick.[3] Terry Gibbs and Mel Zelnick Music Stop was also the first teaching facility of the drum guru Freddie Gruber[4] and Henry Bellson brother of Louie.[5]


Bill DeArango, Terry Gibbs, and Harry Biss at the Three Deuces in New York City, 1947
  • 1951: Good Vibes
  • 1953: Terry Gibbs
  • 1954: Terry Gibbs Sextet
  • 1955 Vibes on Velvet
  • 1956: Mallets A-Plenty
  • 1956: Swingin'
  • 1957: Jazz Band Ball
  • 1957: Terry Gibbs Plays the Duke
  • 1958: More Vibes on Velvet
  • 1959: Launching a New Sound in Music
  • 1959: Dream Band Vol. 1
  • 1959: The Dream Band Vol. 2: The Sundown Sessions
  • 1959: Dream Band Vol. 3: Flying Home
  • 1959: Vibrations
  • 1960: Swing Is Here
  • 1960: Music from Cole Porter's Can Can
  • 1960: Steve Allen Presents Terry Gibbs at the Piano
  • 1961: Dream Band Vol. 4: Main Stem
  • 1961: The Dream Band Vol. 5: Big Cat
  • 1961: The Exciting Terry Gibbs Band
  • 1961: That Swing Thing
  • 1962: Straight Ahead
  • 1962 Explosion
  • 1963: Terry Gibbs Plays Jewish Melodies in Jazztime
  • 1963: El Nutto (Limelight Records)
  • 1963: Gibbs/Nistico
  • 1963: Hootenanny My Way
  • 1964: Take It from Me (Impulse!)
  • 1964: Latino
  • 1965 It's Time We Met
  • 1965: Terry Gibbs Quartet
  • 1966: Reza (Dot Records)
  • 1974: Bopstacle Course (Xanadu Records)
  • 1976: Sessions Live: Terry Gibbs Pete Jolly and Red Norvo
  • 1978: Live at the Lord
  • 1978 Smoke 'em Up
  • 1981: Air Mail Special
  • 1981: Jazz Party: First Time Together (Palo Alto Records)
  • 1982: My Buddy (Atlas Records)
  • 1986: The Latin Connection
  • 1987: Chicago Fire
  • 1987: Holiday for Swing
  • 1991: Kings of Swing
  • 1991: Tribute to Benny Goodman: Memories of You
  • 1991: Big Cat 5
  • 1994: Play That Song: Live at the 1994 Floating Festival
  • 1999: Wham
  • 1999: Plays Steve Allen
  • 2002 Dream Band Vol. 6: One More Time
  • 2003: From Me to You: A Tribute to Lionel Hampton
  • 2005: 52nd & Broadway: Songs of the Bebop Era
  • 2006: Findin' the Groove



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