Hello everyone. My name is Gerry Gibbs. Many people ask where the nick-name "The Thrasher" came from. It was originally a nick-name that I gave to the late, great pianist Don Pullen and somehow, in time, it got turned around back on me and people started to call me "The Thrasher", so I kept it.
My first real big gig came when I was 6 years of age and appeared on the Steve Allen show to play a drum solo. Also later that year I appeared on the Hollywood Squares to perform a drum battle with Bob Crane, who played Hogan from the hit show Hogan's Hero's. I make a living as a Jazz musician and have had the opportunity to work with many great Jazz artists (I have listed here some of my favorite people that I have either gigged, toured or recorded with.
I was born in NYC, but grew up in Southern California. In those early years (and I am talking about when I was between ages 18 and 23), I worked with an eclectic discography of musicians around Los Angeles. I often worked gigs and recordings with my pops, jazz vibrophinist Terry Gibbs along with and clarinet pioneer Buddy Defranco.I also worked with many of the greats from the old west coast jazz days such as Conti Condoli and Lou Levy to name a few. I also made gigs with more modern jazz musicians like Billy Childs and Ernie Watts. I was also part of what seems like the last Central Ave jazz scene which put me on many gigs with people like.. Doug Carne, Larry Gales, Horace Tapscott, Frank Morgan and many others. For me one of the best times I had musically back then was being called to sub for Billy Higgins to play a few sets with trumpeter Woody Shaw in Los Angeles. My all time greatest musical moments back then came from with out a doubt, playing gigs and recording with Alice Coltrane. Those will always be some of the most important and gratifying moments in my musical and non musical life.