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 92)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Vibraphone
Years active 1946–present
Labels Prestige, Savoy, Brunswick, EmArcy, Verve, Time, Impulse!, Dot, Xanadu, Contemporary, Mack Avenue
Associated acts Benny Goodman, Louie Bellson, Steve Allen, Buddy DeFranco
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 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 film and TV studios in Los Angeles.

Biography[edit]

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 Dream Band[edit]

When Gibbs moved from New York to California in 1958 he began planning for his next big band album. In early 1959 he booked extended residencies at two Los Angeles night clubs, the Seville and the Sundown for what became known as the Dream Band. [3]

The band usually played on a Sunday, Monday or Tuesday night when the cream of Hollywood jazz and studio musicians would be available. The core band always remained stable with Mel Lewis holding down the drum chair.

Some of the key players were lead altoist Joe Maini, tenor saxists Bill Holman and Med Flory, trumpeters Al Porcino and Conte Candoli and trombonists Frank Rosolino and Bob Enevoldsen. [4]

New arrangements were commissioned from Bill Holman, Marty Paich, Med Flory, Manny Albam and Al Cohn, among others, to feature Gibbs’ vibes in front of the band.

The band released four albums from 1959 thru 1961.

  • 1959: Launching a New Band – some versions are titled Launching a New Sound in Music
  • 1960: Swing Is Here!
  • 1961: The Exciting Terry Gibbs Big Band!!!!!! – reissued as Dream Band, Vol. 4: Main Stem
  • 1961: Explosion! – reissued as Dream Band, Vol. 5: The Big Cat

Four additional albums of unissued live material recorded in 1959 have been released since 1986.

  • Dream Band
  • The Dream Band, Vol. 2: The Sundown Sessions
  • Dream Band, Vol. 3: Flying Home
  • Dream Band, Vol. 6: One More Time

The Music Stop[edit]

In the mid 1960s, Terry opened a music store in Canoga Park, California, together with former Benny Goodman drummer Mel Zelnick.[5] Terry Gibbs and Mel Zelnick Music Stop was also the first teaching facility of the drum guru Freddie Gruber[6] and Henry Bellson, brother of Louie.[7]

Discography[edit]

Bill DeArango, Terry Gibbs, and Harry Biss at the Three Deuces in New York City, 1947
  • 1951: Good Vibes (Savoy)
  • 1953: Terry Gibbs (EmArcy)
  • 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 Band – (a.k.a. Launching a New Sound in Music)
  • 1959: Dream Band Vol. 1 (Contemporary)
  • 1959: The Dream Band, Vol. 2: The Sundown Sessions (Contemporary)
  • 1959: Dream Band, Vol. 3: Flying Home (Contemporary)
  • 1959: Vibrations
  • 1959: Dream Band, Vol. 6: One More Time
  • 1960: Swing Is Here! (second original Dream Band release)
  • 1960: Music from Cole Porter's Can Can
  • 1960: Steve Allen Presents Terry Gibbs at the Piano
  • 1961: The Exciting Terry Gibbs Big Band (third original Dream Band release) – reissued as Dream Band, Vol. 4: Main Stem
  • 1961: Explosion! (fourth original Dream Band release) – reissued as Dream Band, Vol. 5: The Big Cat
  • 1961: That Swing Thing
  • 1962: Straight Ahead
  • 1963: Terry Gibbs Plays Jewish Melodies in Jazztime
  • 1963: El Nutto (Limelight)
  • 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)
  • 1974: Bopstacle Course (Xanadu)
  • 1976: Sessions Live: Terry Gibbs Pete Jolly and Red Norvo
  • 1978: Live at the Lord
  • 1978: Smoke 'em Up
  • 1981: Air Mail Special (Contemporary)
  • 1981: Jazz Party: First Time Together (Palo Alto)
  • 1982: My Buddy (Atlas)
  • 1986: The Latin Connection
  • 1987: Chicago Fire (Contemporary)
  • 1987: Holiday for Swing (Contemporary)
  • 1991: Kings of Swing (Contemporary)
  • 1991: Tribute to Benny Goodman: Memories of You (Contemporary)
  • 1994: Play That Song: Live at the 1994 Floating Festival (Chiaroscuro)
  • 1999: Wham (Chiaroscuro)
  • 1999: Plays Steve Allen (Contemporary)
  • 2003: From Me to You: A Tribute to Lionel Hampton (Mack Avenue)
  • 2005: 52nd & Broadway: Songs of the Bebop Era
  • 2006: Findin' the Groove (Jazzed Media)

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