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Jeffrey Gimble

Raised in Texas blues country, in a house full of music, the son of Houston saxophonist and bandleader, Maynard Gimble, he began to reveal his budding talent at the age of four. But, despite his early connection with jazz – frequently going to gigs with his father — it was the musical theatre that dominated the early part of his long career. His resume as an actor includes performances in stage shows such as Hair, Forbidden Broadway and The Tempest, as well as the cult film, Crimson Force.

“For most of my life jazz was something I really liked, and I listened to it... but it was never something that I really explored until I moved to L.A. a few years ago.”

Spontaneous though the choice may have been, it has opened up creative qualities that have always been present in his roots.

“I didn’t expect to do anything new at this point in my life,” he says. “And certainly not this new. But when the whole idea of doing a jazz album came up, I kept thinking, ‘Oh my God, it makes perfect sense for me to do this.’ This music has been in my blood all this time, but up to this point I’d spent most of my life singing theatre. And when my Dad heard me doing this he said, ‘You are happier doing this than you ever were doing theatre.’ And he was right.”

“I’m not really trying to reinvent the wheel,” Jeffrey concludes. "But I am trying —even in songs you’ve heard many times—to make them sound fresh and new.

Which is exactly what he’s done. Source: Don Heckman


Album Review

Jeffrey Gimble: Beyond Up High

Read "Beyond Up High" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

There's a lyric in the old Kenny Rogers pop tune, “The Gambler" that states: “You've got to know when to hold and know when to fold." Now vocalist Jeffrey Gimble's debut CD Beyond Up High isn't a gamble--well, perhaps it is a bit as he enters the highly uncertain world of the male jazz singer, but, given this enjoyable effort, Gimble's gamble just might pay off.The debut CD from this Texas-born and now Bay Area actor-turned-recorded vocalist frames ...

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Take Five With Jeffrey Gimble

Read "Take Five With Jeffrey Gimble" reviewed by Jeffrey Gimble

Meet Jeffrey Gimble: Born and raised in Houston, TX, Gimble grew up going to the gigs of his saxophone-playing father Maynard, who had a popular big band in the '60s and '70s. Despite his natural curiosity for jazz, he was drawn instead to become an actor and musical theater performer and graduated from Houston's High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Gimble was a member of the Houston theatre community and subsequently moved to New York City, ...

Album Review

Jeffrey Gimble: Beyond Up High

Read "Beyond Up High" reviewed by Edward Blanco

With the plethora of female vocalist producing new albums these days, it is indeed refreshing to hear a new male voice sure to make an impact in the jazz world, and that's just what L.A. singer Jeffrey Gimble is certain to accomplish with his stunning debut Beyond Up High. An actor raised in the Texas blues country, Gimble's love for jazz comes from his saxophone-playing dad and, while he initially turned to the theatre to pursue the arts, his love ...

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Enter the "Jeffrey Gimble - Beyond Up High" Giveaway at All About Jazz!

Enter the "Jeffrey Gimble - Beyond Up High" Giveaway at All About Jazz!

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All About Jazz members are invited to enter the “Jeffrey Gimble - Beyond Up High“ giveaway contest starting today. We'll select FIVE winners at the conclusion of the contest on June 10th. Click here to enter the contest

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Vocalist Jeffrey Gimble's debut CD Beyond Up High is a mellow romp with an unusually broad selection of material. The recording features ...


Vocalist Jeffrey Gimble Releases Debut Album, "Beyond Up High"

Vocalist Jeffrey Gimble Releases Debut Album, "Beyond Up High"

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"Beyond Up High," Jeffrey Gimble's Debut CD, arranged by Tamir Hendelman and produced by Mark Winkler, to be released April 15, 2013 on Cafe Pacific Records. Jeffrey Gimble’s “Beyond Up High" displays all the appealing qualities of an unusually intriguing new album, certain to be around for more than a little while. Just listen to the ten far-ranging songs on “Beyond Up High." This broad selection of material, chosen by Jeffrey, producer Mark Winkler and pianist/arranger Tamir Hendelman, cover a ...

"Gimble makes one heck of an entrance into the jazz world, with an impressive debut that's beyond good; it's quite frankly, terrific in style, swing and swagger" —Edward Blanco, All About Jazz

"an auspicious debut jazz album...a cause for celebration..." —Jack Goodstein, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"The ebb and flow of variety is at times breathtaking. One of the best for 2013. Remember the name Jeffrey Gimble" —Brent Black, Critical Jazz



Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Beyond Up High

Cafe Pacific Records


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From: Beyond Up High
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