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Gerard Gibbs
Gerard William Gibbs (* November 1967) has been a lover of jazz ever since his father introduced him at the tender age of three to the music of the late jazz organist, Richard “Groove” Holmes. At age seven, when he later had the opportunity to meet Holmes, Gerard grew to idolize Holmes. He knew then that one day, he would play Jazz just like his idol.
 
Gerard Gibbs, born and raised in Detroit, MI is a product of the Detroit Public Schools. He began his musical training in classical piano at the age of nine. Although he took to this musical style fairly quickly, his interest in performing jazz never waned. In the summer of 1981, while recovering at home from corrective leg surgery, Gerard received a surprise visit from "Groove" Holmes. Holmes took an immediate interest in Gerard and began to show him all the "tricks of the trade". Until Holmes' death in 1991, Gerard had the kind of friendship and mentoring relationship with this international jazz organist that others can only dream about.
 
In 1996, Gerard was again fortunate. He met another jazz organist, Jimmy Smith. He was introduced to Smith while attending his concert at the Bluebird Inn in Detroit. Smith took a liking to Gerard as well, and began to show him some of his techniques. Since that time Gerard's friendship with Jimmy Smith has proven to be of great value. Gerard also has had opportunities to rub shoulders with jazz organists Joey DeFrancesco, Jimmy McGriff, and the late Jack McDuff. In September of 1999, Gerard had the opportunity to jam with the "Mighty Burner", the late Charles Earland.
 
Currently, Gerard performs nationally on the concert circuit with saxmen Marion Meadows, Ronnie Laws and James Carter. He also lends his talents to the hot contemporary jazz group: Pieces Of a Dream. While at home in Detroit, Gibbs remains busy as he works as an Architectural Engineer for the City of Detroit by day and leads two jazz bands at night and on weekends. He plays keyboards in his contemporary jazz group, RYZ (pronounced "Rise") and organ for Gerard Gibbs & ORGANized Crime. Gerard recently completed his debut CD with his organ trio in commemoration to his first mentor, the late Richard "Groove" Holmes.
contact: gerard@gerardgibbs.com
homepage: www.gerardgibbs.com
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Discography
To Be Or Not To B-3
That Much 656613375426
recorded in USA
Gerard Gibbs, Hammond B-3 organ
Perry Hughes, guitar
Brother Jabari, drums
Living And Learning
That Much 825346407623
recorded February and March 2004 in USA
Gerard Gibbs, Hammond B-3 organ, keyboards
Perry Hughes, guitar
Carl Holmes, bass
Brother Jabari, drums
Out Of Nowhere
Half Note Records HN 4520
recorded live May 2004 at the Blue Note in New York City/USA
James Carter, saxes
Gerard Gibbs, organ
Leonard King, drums
Hamiet Bluiett, baritone sax
James "Blood" Ulmer, guitar
At The Crossroads
Universal 0602527768854
recorded February 2011 in New York City/USA
James Carter, soprano sax, alto sax, tenor sax, baritone sax, flute
Vincent Chandler, trombone
Keyon Harrold, trumpet
Bruce Edwards, guitar
Brandon Ross, guitar
Gerard Gibbs, organ
Leonard King jr., drums
Eli Fountain, tambourine
Michael Braden, vocals
Lyman Woodard Organization Orchestra
Uuquipleu Records 21491/92
recorded live March 2010 in Detroit, MI/USA
Keith Kaminski, soprano sax
Johnny Evans, tenor sax Mark Kieme, tenor sax, flute
Gregory King, sax
Gary Kwek, sax
Rick Steiger, sax
Steve Hunter, trombone
Dwight Adams, trumpet
John Douglas, trumpet
James O'Donnell, trumpet
Ron English, guitar
Robert Tye, guitar
Chris Codish, organ, keyboard
Gerard Gibbs, organ, keyboard
James Simonson, bass
Leonard King, drums
Diego Melendez, percussion, bongos
Jerry LeDuff, percussion
Mahindi Masai, percussion
Miguel Guiterrez, percussion
Live From Newport Jazz
Blue Note 003079802
recorded live August 2018 in Newport, RI/USA
James Carter, soprano sax, alto sax, tenor sax
Gerard Gibbs, Hammond B-3 organ
Alex White, drums

 
Videos
Jazzwoche Burghausen 2004
recorded live 2004 in Burghausen/Germany
James Carter, saxes, flute
Gerard Gibbs, Hammond B-3 organ
Leonard King, drums
Leverkusener Jazztage 2004
recorded live 2004 in Leverkusen/Germany
James Carter, saxes, flute
Gerard Gibbs, Hammond B-3 organ
Leonard King, drums
Jazz en Tête 2011
recorded live October 2011 in Clermont-Ferrand/France
James Carter, saxes, flute
Gerard Gibbs, Hammond B-3 organ
Leonard King, drums
Live At Montreux 2012
recorded live July 2012 in Montreux/Switzerland
James Carter, saxes, flute
Gerard Gibbs, Hammond B-3 organ
Leonard King, drums
Jazz à la Villette 2014
recorded live September 2014 in Paris/France
James Carter, saxes
Gerard Gibbs, Hammond B-3 organ
Leonard King, drums
Jazz in Marciac 2016
recorded live August 2016 in Marciac/France
James Carter, saxes
Gerard Gibbs, Hammond B-3 organ
Leonard King, drums
Pančevački Festival 2016
recorded live November 2016 in Pančevo/Serbia
James Carter, saxes
Gerard Gibbs, Hammond organ
Alex White, drums
Festival Sons d'Hiver 2017
recorded live 20 January 2017 in Villejuif/France
James Carter, saxes
Gerard Gibbs, Hammond B-3 organ
Alex White, drums

 
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