Gerry Gibbs was born in New York City on January 15, 1964. His father is jazz vibraphone legend & bandleader Terry Gibbs. Gerry grew up in Southern California and started playing the drums at the age of 4. By the time he was 7 years old, Gerry had already appeared on a few Television shows. On The Steve Allen Show in 1971, Gerry played a 3 minute drum solo and later, on the show To Tell The Truth, Gerry traded drum choruses with TV celebrity Bob Crane (who played Hogan on the hit TV show Hogan’s Heroes).
By the time he was 18, Gerry had already become a professional musician. He worked steadily with his father’s many groups, featuring numerous configurations, performing frequently in Southern California as well as touring. Between ages 18-22, Gerry had already performed as a sideman with: Alice Coltrane, Woody Shaw, Donald Byrd, Buddy DeFranco, Harold Land, Benny Maupin, Doug Carne, Larry Gales, Horace Tapscott, Frank Morgan, Conte Candoli, Frank Rosolino, Alan Broadbent, Ernie Watts, Billy Childs as well as Parliament Funkadelic and Rose Royce, among many others.
In 1987, at age 23 and seeking greater challenge and exposure in the mecca of the jazz-music scene, Gerry packed his bags to relocate to New York City. Within his first 3 weeks of arriving, Gerry took over for drummer Winard Harper, 6 nights a week, as the house drummer for The Blue Note Jazz Club 'After Hours Band' (led by saxophonist Justin Robinson and which also included pianist STephen Scott). During this time, Winard Harper & Philip Harper of The Harper Brothers would call upon Gerry to be sub for Winard during local and European Gigs.