Born: September 25, 1937 Primary Instrument: Trombone
Mike Gibbs - composer, arranger and trombonist has worked with many music luminaries, including Pat Metheny, John McLaughlin, John Scofield, Narada Michael Walden, Michael Mantler, Gary Burton, Whitney Houston, Peter Gabriel, Bill Frisell.
Born in Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia (now Harare, Zimbabwe), he grew up playing trombone and piano and was awarded scholarships to attend Lenox School of Jazz and Tanglewood Summer School, where he studied with Gunther Schuller, George Russell, J.J.Johnson, Lukas Foss, and Iannis Xenakis. Having graduated from Berklee College of Music with diploma in Arranging and Composition in 1962, he moved to the U.K. played trombone for Tubby Hayes, Graham Collier, John Dankworth and Cleo Laine, and by the 1970's was generally recognised as one of the leading young composer-arrangers in jazz.
His albums, including Michael Gibbs and In The Public Interest, won him numerous awards and after nine years as composer-in-residence at Berklee, during which time he orchestrated Joni Mitchell's Don Juan's Reckless Daughter album among many others.
He returned to the U.K. in 1985. He has since written extensively for films and television and worked with the NDR, WDR and HR bands in Germany. In 2004 he received an Honorary Fellowship from Birmingham Conservatoire.
Awards:Honorary Fellowship Birmingham Conservatoire
Mike Gibbs/Norma Winstone, Here's a Song for You (Fuzzy Moon, 2011)
Mike Gibbs, Nonsequence (Provocateur, 2001)
Michael Gibbs/Joachim Kühn, Europeana (ACT, 1995)
Mike Gibbs Orchestra, By The Way (ah um, 1993)
The Michael Gibbs Orchestra, Big Music (Virgin/Venture, 1988)
Mike Gibbs, The Only Chrome Waterfall Orchestra (Bronze, 1975)
Gary Burton/Michael Gibbs, Seven Songs For Quartet And Chamber Orchestra (ECM, 1975)
Mike Gibbs/Gary Burton, In The Public Interest (Polydor, 1974)
Mike Gibbs Band, Just Ahead (Polydor, 1972)
Michael Gibbs, Tanglewood 63 (Deram, 1971)
Michael Gibbs, Michael Gibbs (Deram, 1970)
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Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.
nine years composer-in-residence Berklee Collage Music 1973, 1982 one year composer-in-residence Luzern Hochscule Musik , 2007-8