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David F. Gibson

Philadelphia born musician Dave Gibson is paving his way toward that pantheon of jazz greats. Paying all the dues required to develop his prodigious talent. Gibson has earned an impeccable reputation in the jazz world. He’s one of the rare drummers who can jump into any groove and swing or stretch out dynamically. His charisma on the bandstand further connects the audience to an experience of jazz as an entertaining and challenging American art form.

Music critic Chip Deffa, (The New York Post) says that “Gibson’s drumming is strong and fluid and as satisfying as any drummer I heard in years”. Music critic Jerry Carrier (The Philadelphia Daily News) says, ”Gibson may be the ultimate Band drummer” His music credentials verify his outstanding rhythmic and melodic abilities. He has toured and recorded with The Count Basie Orchestra under the direction of Frank Foster. He worked directly with Joe Williams and the Frank Foster Non Electric Company and also The Diane Schuur Trio. His work in vanguard style includes guest spots with the Sun Ra Arkestra and the David Murray Big Band as well as other adventurous performances and educational projects.

Gibson earned a Bachelor of Music Degree from Temple University and is currently working on his Master of Music in Jazz Studies at Rutgers University. An active interest in Television media initiated a number of collaborations with producers of local Philadelphia programs including City Lights, Perspective and Sesame Street. He has recorded over 100 musical tracks for a religious cable show called Time of Deliverance. Living in New York City has resulted in numerous television appearances from CNN �" Entertainment to Jazz Festival coverage in America and abroad. Gibson’s television involvement expanded to produce his own monthly cable access show �" Drummin’ with Dave.

Gibson “passes the torch” by conducting clinics and workshops around the country and the world. In 1994 he formed a non �" profit organization, Collective Arts Services Inc. to help replace the diminishing music programs in our educational school system and secure grants for artists. It’s important to expose our youth to music, as an alternative to life on the streets from musicians with experience.


four piece Stack set made by The Modern Drum Shop with Zildjian cymbals


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Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced


I teach all levels from Beginner to Advanced I have Classroom as well as private study experience


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