Gibbs, Terry [Gubenko, Julius]
- Michael Fitzgerald
(b New York, NY, Oct 13, 1924). American jazz vibraphonist, bandleader, and composer. He grew up in Brooklyn, befriending future drummer Tiny Kahn at age six. He showed an early aptitude for music, touring with the Major Bowes Amateur Hour in 1936 and meeting many jazz musicians in his neighborhood as a teenager. He entered the army in 1943 and around this time was introduced to bebop by Kahn. Following his discharge he played with guitarist Bill DeArango in New York before traveling to Europe in 1947 with Chubby Jackson.
After a brief stay in the big band of Buddy Rich, Gibbs came to national attention as a member of Woody Herman’s Second Herd (1948–9) and then played with Benny Goodman’s sextet in 1950–51. In the mid-1950s and 1960s he toured with his own quartets and recorded for a variety of labels. In 1957 Gibbs moved to California, where he led his own big band from ...