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.
Mike Gibbs' 70th Birthday Concert * * * * CBSO Centre review by Peter Bacon There comes a tipping point in any memorable concert - it's that point when the pixie dust showers down from the magic wand. Immediately, what might have been perfectly acceptable and satisfying before becomes over-shadowed by a new brilliance, a new energy, and the performance attains, in computer-game speak, the next level.
It happened on Saturday evening, just after the interval, and there are no surprises who lifted the game.
The talk in the bar had been isn't it great, but it would be nice to hear a bit more of Frisell
Willing to teach
nine years composer-in-residence Berklee Collage Music 1973, 1982
one year composer-in-residence Luzern Hochscule Musik , 2007-8