Julius Gubenko, 13 October 1924, New York City, New York, USA. After all-round study of percussion, Gibbs briefly played drums professionally before and during military service. After discharge he concentrated on vibraphone, working with leaders such as Tommy Dorsey, Chubby Jackson and Buddy Rich. At the end of the 40s he achieved international prominence thanks to a two-year spell with Woody Herman followed by a brief period as a member of Benny Goodmans sextet. In the early 50s he also formed a big band and worked on television with Mel Tormé. Towards the end of the decade, by then based in California, he re-formed a big band, which he led at the prestigious Monterey Jazz Festival in 1961. Gibbs big bands became a notable annual event in Los Angeles, featuring many well-known players who clearly enjoyed taking time out from the studios to play jazz. In the early 80s Gibbs teamed up with Buddy De Franco for a highly acclaimed album, the first...
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