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Since moving to New York City in 1999, David has shared the bandstand with many of the icons of jazz by way of his tenure with the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni Band. Playing alongside Slide Hampton, James Moody, Jimmy Heath, Jon Faddis, Randy Brecker, Roy Hargrove, et al, offered both a firm foundation and a greater connection to the spirit of jazz. Simultaneously, he was able to explore more contemporary elements of jazz influenced music as a member of the Hot Pants Funk Sextet. The Pants resided at the jazz club, Smoke, on Wednesdays for six years and afforded all its members the chance to develop a “band sound”. Perhaps one of Gibson’s greatest achievements was his participation in the reformation of Slide Hampton’s “World of Trombones”, in 2000. The recording, “Spirit of the Horn” also features Gibson’s composition, “Maya”.
The year 2003 marked an arrival of sorts, as Gibson was a finalist in the first Monk Competition featuring the trombone, and he celebrated the release of his debut recording, “Maya”, on Nagel-Heyer Records. “Maya” was followed by “The Path to Delphi” featuring Randy Brecker and Wayne Escoffery, and most recently by “G-Rays”. In addition to his recordings as a leader, he has participated as a sideman on the recordings of Nancy Wilson, Wycliffe Gordon, John Sneider and others.
David was reared musically in the small town of Yukon, OK where he was introduced to jazz in his early teens. His interest led him to the nearby University of Central Oklahoma, where he studied with Dr. Kent Kidwell and Lee Rucker. His time at UCO saw him selected as a Yamaha Young Performing Artist, Outstanding Soloist at the Wichita Jazz Festival and winner of the International Trombone Association’s “Frank Rosolino Scholarship”.
Upon completion of his studies at UCO, Gibson continued on to the Eastman School of Music, in Rochester, NY to study with Bill Dobbins, Fred Sturm and Dr. John Marcellus. It was there that he began to hone his composition skills and was fortunate to have opportunities to compose for guest artists Gary Foster, Tim Hagans and Nancy Wilson. In addition, the Eastman Jazz Combo, of which he was a member, was named Outstanding Collegiate Jazz Combo by Downbeat Magazine.
Gibson has been successful in blending his educational background with his professional experience to help students achieve a greater understanding of music and the ways in which it can enrich their lives and the lives of those around them. He is currently on faculty at Columbia University, The State University of New York at Geneseo and The New School.
David is thrilled to announce his new relationship with Rath Trombones. “This is the most amazing instrument that I have ever played. It provides a wonderful foundation of tone and response, while also offering a malleable sound that grants a large palette of possibilities.”
David currently resides in New York City.