Gibbs in Florida, 1975
|Birth name||Julius Gubenko|
October 13, 1924 |
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|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|
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 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
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. 
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.
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
In the mid 1960s, Terry opened a music store in Canoga Park, California, together with former Benny Goodman drummer Mel Zelnick. Terry Gibbs and Mel Zelnick Music Stop was also the first teaching facility of the drum guru Freddie Gruber and Henry Bellson, brother of Louie.
- 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 (with the saxophone section from the Dream Band)
- 1959: Launching a New Band – some versions are titled Launching a New Sound in Music (first original Dream Band release)
- 1959: Dream Band (previously unreleased live recordings)
- 1959: The Dream Band, Vol. 2: The Sundown Sessions (previously unreleased live recordings)
- 1959: Dream Band, Vol. 3: Flying Home (previously unreleased live recordings)
- 1959: Vibrations
- 1959: Dream Band, Vol. 6: One More Time (previously unreleased live recordings)
- 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 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
- 1994: Play That Song: Live at the 1994 Floating Festival
- 1999: Wham
- 1999: Plays Steve Allen
- 2003: From Me to You: A Tribute to Lionel Hampton
- 2005: 52nd & Broadway: Songs of the Bebop Era
- 2006: Findin' the Groove
- Gibbs, Terry; Ginell, Gary (2003). Good Vibes: A Life in Jazz. Scarecrow Press. ISBN 978-0810845862.
- Yanow, Scott. "Terry Gibbs Biography". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 14 November 2012.
- Brooks, Tim; Marsh, Earle (2007). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. p. 622. ISBN 978-0345497734.
- John Tynan, liner notes to Contemporary CCD-7654-2
- Terry Gibbs, liner notes to Mercury LP SR 60112